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Dusty Miller and Violets by Dorinda Wills, QPSA

June 2021 - Dusty Miller and Violets

June 2021 - Dorinda Wills, QPSA


June 2021 - Dorinda Wills, QPSA

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Just walking around my backyard, I photographed this grouping using my 24-200mm at 49mm. Other than minor cropping, I tried to remove the leaf and other small debris, gently increase the light on the dusty miller plant and decrease it on the other (violets) foliage. I used a combination of LR and PS to accomplish this. Not a huge difference between the original and final product. I'm also including a copy with a digital frame, just to see how it would look matted and framed. I've started doing this with some of my images that I'm not too sure about. As in this case, I think it would be ok framed. What are your thoughts?

10 comments posted

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
(Group 42)
What an amazing and interesting plant. I like the setting with the tree trunk and the violet leaves, and I think that the proposed matting and framing goes well with the image. I like it still more after somewhat darkening the violet leaves as at present they compete somewhat with the Dusty Miller.   Posted: 06/03/2021 14:58:19
Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
I can do that, thanks Robert.   Posted: 06/04/2021 12:05:55

Jody Coker   Jody Coker
Very interesting set up. I like the contrast between the dusty Miller the dark green bushes. I had a hard time making out the violet color in the leaves, but that could be my monitor settings. I too like the border. One question, what do you think about softening the light on the tree just a little to increase the contrast between it and the plant? Maybe a half stop?   Posted: 06/04/2021 10:48:34
Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Jody, Thanks for the suggestion. I had wondered if the tree was too bright. I didn't mean to cause confusion by the title. Both the small purplish and large green leaves are those of two varieties of violets. There are no violets actually blooming in the image. As a backyard gardener in the PNW, I forget that not everyone would recognize that!   Posted: 06/04/2021 12:07:32

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Dusty Miller is such a great plant with its hairy gray green leaves This is a nice sharp capture of this specimen = There is a nice contrast with the violet plant leaves and the lichen covered tree bark
It looks wonderful framed Just needs a wall to put it up

  Posted: 06/04/2021 13:32:59

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
It is a nice picture, I did some adjustments, see what happened   Posted: 06/05/2021 13:37:50
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Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Thanks for the suggestion, Leonid. I think the consensus is definitely to darken the tree and possibly some leaves a little more.   Posted: 06/05/2021 16:25:09

Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Great composition with the Dusty Miller grabbing the viewers attention. The green leaves going from a very sharp deep green to out of focus to black emphasizes the Dusty Miller.
Minor suggestion would be to remove some or all of the gray specs on the green leaves.   Posted: 06/06/2021 08:29:52

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
I have always been a big fan of Dusty Miller and have planted it in the garden nearly every season. You've done a excellent job with it here. Dusty really doesn't need a lot of help because it's a stand-out on its own, so I feel the violet leaves make a contribution to the image. I'm inclined to agree with those that suggest trying to lighten the tree a bit. Overall, quite a striking picture!!   Posted: 06/10/2021 14:42:11

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I like the contrast of the grey color of the dusty leaves against the green violet leaves as well. I agree with Jody in regards to trying to add a little more contrast between the tree and the Dusty Rose plant. It doesn't toilet blend, but they are the same color family. What also works really well in this image is the contrast of textures of all the elements in the image. My only suggestion would be to remove some of the yellow spots and damage on the violet leaves. Probably won't add much though.   Posted: 06/11/2021 12:21:36


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