Kym Houston  

Still life by Kym Houston

September 2021 - Still life

About the Image(s)

Still Life image taken in studio using Elinchrom strobe with a diffused beauty dish to the right. Edited in PS and Exposure.

11 comments posted

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I do like this presentation of the roses. The composition is well done and centering the image works here. If this image were mine, I would clone out the small leaf hanging down in the front of the middle rose. The other thing I might do is add a little more light to the top rose as it seems just a bit too dark. I would like to hear more about your edits in PS and what lens you used.   Posted: 09/04/2021 18:21:55

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Would you consider a very fine stroke as a border/outline? Maybe in grey?   Posted: 09/04/2021 19:24:18
Kym Houston
That would look good, I sometimes put borders around my images. I will have a try and see what it looks like.   Posted: 09/04/2021 19:46:02
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Easy way is to just Add canvas, size it at .01" and set it to a color you like.

Image >Image Size > Canvas   Posted: 09/04/2021 19:49:08
Kym Houston
  Posted: 09/04/2021 19:55:12
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Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Maybe white would be better, but it's in the eye of the artist as to what is appropriate.   Posted: 09/04/2021 20:01:24

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I agree with Lynne that the top rose is a bit too dark, and with Wes that you need a small border because of the black image edges and the black webpage. A suggestion would be to have the top roses closer to the bottom rose next time, they seem to me to be too separated. I would also suggest that you have the stem go down to the bottom of the image, as they seem to be floating now. That said, I do like the image and the lighting on the roses.   Posted: 09/06/2021 14:34:43

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Very pleasing shot!
I agree with ALL comments so far (my, we are all such good critics): removing the leaf, adding a border, making it a bit lighter, and especially running the stem to the edge of the frame.
  Posted: 09/07/2021 15:16:15

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I agree with most that the edge needs defining but I thought the top rose was lit OK. However, I wasn't so sure about the actual arrangement of the roses. I felt the top two stems grew out of the bottom rose in two straight lines, which looked a bit awkward. I wondered whether tilting the top two away from each other was possible and making the middle one a little shorter so it connected the top and bottom-like Tom suggested. I couldn't see the bottom stem, but I wanted to know what the small white circular blob was at the bottom. The texture on the petals is lovely and I would like you to have another go, with slightly different arrangements but with similar lighting. Flower studies like these are beautiful.   Posted: 09/25/2021 04:45:57

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
Roses are nice in monochrome, and I like the way you've handled the lighting on this image, particularly on the lower and middle roses. To me, the merger of the middle and upper roses is somewhat awkward. I feel the middle rose either needs to be lower or the bottom one to be higher in the arrangement. The lack of a visible stem at the bottom of the image doesn't bother me, as it falls off to black there anyway. However, I do suggest removing the bright spot of light on the stem near the bottom of the image.   Posted: 09/27/2021 00:18:24


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