Ron Spencer  


Succulent Colors by Ron Spencer

June 2022 - Succulent Colors

About the Image(s)

This is some variety of succulents that caught my eye. Using an Olympus M1, 1/100, f. 2.8, 60 mm Macro @ 60mm/ 120mm equivalent, ISO 250. Trying to make up my mind if I like this lens or the softer, more glow effect offered by my lensbaby.


10 comments posted




Karen Harris   Karen Harris
The colors are really nice. It is hard to tell what exactly you wanted in focus here. For my eye ( which can be rather simplistic) there is just too much stuff here without a real focal point.   Posted: 06/08/2022 13:00:08



Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Hi Ron. The subject is certainly interesting and your composition is almost perfect. I'd suggest a small crop up from the bottom. I like the colors, but my personal preference is to knock down the highlights or shoot in the shade and give it more saturation. You left yourself few options for getting greater depth of field with only an f 2.8. If you don't have versions with a larger f-stop, then I would use the Gaussian blur filter and create a more pronounced selective focus or shallow DofF. In my mind I believe the focus point should be the opened yellow flower that you can see inside of. The image just lacks enough depth of field. Not sure the lensbaby would of helped here, as you would need to pick the area for sharp focus or blurred it all. Give that Gaussian blur tool a try would be my thought for dealing with this image.   Posted: 06/08/2022 21:37:19
Ron Spencer
Hi Bob,
yep, it was an adventure in DOF. I wish I had experimented with more aperture settings and/or physically moved in and out for different focal planes.
Thank you!   Posted: 06/13/2022 20:23:29
Ron Spencer
Hi Bob,
yep, it was an adventure in DOF. I wish I had experimented with more aperture settings and/or physically moved in and out for different focal planes.
Thank you!   Posted: 06/13/2022 20:23:31
Ron Spencer
Hi Bob,
yep, it was an adventure in DOF. I wish I had experimented with more aperture settings and/or physically moved in and out for different focal planes.
Thank you!   Posted: 06/13/2022 20:23:33



Gunter Haibach   Gunter Haibach
An interesting subject, for sure. I'm assuming you were looking for a selective focus and glow/blur effect - the focal point being the 4 coloured blooms. With an f2.8 setting the DOF is very shallow, and in this case I can only see 2 or 3 red tips and the bottom of the open bloom in focus, and everything else blurred. For me, there is not enough in focus to enjoy this arrangement. Also too many blown highlights. I messed with it a bit - hope you don't mind - cropped the bottom, took some of the blur out (not very successfully), and cleaned it up a bit - but at the end of the day, still not a very successful selective focus image - my opinion only.   Posted: 06/10/2022 15:31:54
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Tim Sanders   Tim Sanders
Lovely colours although has others have pointed out DOF and other focus issues. Well worth returning to again and checking out the image in camera as you progress.   Posted: 06/14/2022 02:44:08



Judy Burr   Judy Burr
The colors are lovely, but DOF is a problem as others have said. That can be a challenge with subjects like this because of their depth. I cropped it from the bottom and selected (not well!) the plant and then used gaussian blur on the background. I think it is good to bracket aperture on such subjects.   Posted: 06/17/2022 11:05:41
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Ron Spencer
Your edits definitely helped! Will definitely bracket apertures for similar images. Thanks.   Posted: 06/17/2022 17:12:23
Ron Spencer
Your edits definitely helped! Will definitely bracket apertures for similar images. Thanks.   Posted: 06/17/2022 17:12:26



 

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