Brad Becker  

Stillness by Brad Becker

May 2022 - Stillness

May 2022 - Brad Becker


May 2022 - Brad Becker

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About the Image(s)

This is a simple two image composite. I started with the flower image and put it through a variety of textural changes in topaz and then adjusted the color range. I chose the owl to perch on the flower based on the feeling it evoked. No fancy technique in this one.

3 comments posted

Tom Kredo   Tom Kredo
Hi Brad,
I like the atmosphere of the image with the blue tones. I'd apply the same color scheme to the bird as well which would blend better. Also add some blur to the bird to match the softness of the flower?   Posted: 05/06/2022 07:49:45

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Tom, One thing I'd like to promote on site 41 is more "dialogue". I appreciate your engagement and would like your permission to respond to your comments and request additional feedback both to share my perspective and learn more from you.

I intentionally chose a contrasting color scheme to highlight the owl. If I were to make it tonally blue I think it would make the image more dull. Likewise I did add a gausian blur behind the bird to match the fuzziness of the distant petals that were blurry while keeping the bird sharp to match the sharp petals more in the front of the image. Again, blurring the bird would make it less clearly a focal point. This, in the end, may be personal preference, but I wanted to challenge you along these lines to get your thoughts.   Posted: 05/06/2022 16:03:32

Nadia Trevan   Nadia Trevan
Hi Brad,
I like your concept where you use flowers to tell a story. We all see different things when it comes to evaluating an image. I prefer to discuss technique rather than concept. My personal opinion is about where you placed the owl in relation to the main flower. The owl is sharp but it sits on the soft part of the petals. It might be better if it was moved to be on the same focal plane, that is if it was more on the foreground where the sharp petals are. Make the owl just a fraction larger to give it more dominance. I like the tones, much nicer than the orange.
  Posted: 05/07/2022 05:47:04


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