Jose Cartas  


Water Lilies by Jose Cartas

November 2021 - Water Lilies

About the Image(s)

They say to put an odd number of subjects in a photo, but I'm quite happy with this image of two water lilies. It was taken last month in Longwood Gardens, in south Pennsylvania. It was not the best show of flowers (too late in the season), but I found some water lilies quite interesting. Here, I concentrated on these two and arranged them diagonally. I cloned out a small bud sprouting from the top flower and eliminated some distracting reflections. I also did some cropping from left and right. Technical specifications: 200mm. lens, 1/80 sec. at f/14, ISO 2500, tripod.


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5 comments posted




Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
The colors are very nice on the dark background, and I especially like the watery edges and water drops on the flower. I only see a bit of a purple remaining that needs removed between the top flower and lilypad. I think it works with an even number, as opposed to odd, because of the partial lilypad in the frame.   Posted: 11/08/2021 10:23:40



Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
This is a nice clean uncluttered presentation. I am enjoying the diagonal composition, and the colors certainly do pop.

My only suggestion is to add a 1 or 2 pixel stroke to show us where the frame ends.   Posted: 11/11/2021 13:07:24



Andy Patterson
Great color, simple and very effective composition (I have no problem with the decision for the even number of flowers!). The jet black background absolutely works--it really puts the viewer's attention on the subject.   Posted: 11/11/2021 15:59:57



Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
You have effectively break the rule of odds and the composition looks great. Putting the lilies and leaves in a diagonal line helps to make it looks more dynamic. I like the combination of the 3 colors against dark background.   Posted: 11/12/2021 10:16:31



Bob Benson   Bob Benson
You are correct about the two subjects. The strong diagonal line created by this composition works quite well. The contrast adds to the impact.   Posted: 11/15/2021 09:33:39