Andrew Lewis  

Broken by Andrew Lewis

May 2022 - Broken

May 2022 - Andrew Lewis


About the Image(s)

It’s titled “Broken”. I went to Descanso Gardens in La Cañada with the Lancaster Photography Association. I had a couple of homework assignments in mind, one of which was to shoot an image to illustrate “broken”. Just as we got in the entrance and were meeting up and assembling our gear, I spotted this poppy in a planter. I suspect it got bumped by someone sitting down or whacking it with a bag as they sat on the edge of the planter. When I got it home, I used Photoshop to play with some selective color. I used select subject to isolate the bloom and stems, brought down the color and detail levels on the background, and made some minor exposure adjustments to the flowers themselves. It was overcast and fairly early in the morning, so the light was already pretty diffused. I felt that the half and half treatment kind of added to the concept. I added the image with no adjustments, too.

Shot on a Nikon D850, NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens @ 50mm, ISO 640, 1/50 sec @ f/9.

12 comments posted

Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Well, Andrew I feel you have accomplished your goal of creating an image that reflects "Broken". The snapped poppy is front and center and OOF both of which tell me the story. You have taken the extra step to desaturate the background which not only removed some clutter, but also brings your subjects front and center. I do notice a bit of fringing on the poppies, most likely from the desaturation--an easy fix in PS. Good work on this "assignment".   Posted: 05/07/2022 11:36:44
Andrew Lewis   Andrew Lewis
I appreciate your thoughts. I've got to work on the details. I get lost in the overall creation of the image and tend to miss the small things, like the fringing. Good catch.   Posted: 05/12/2022 07:05:14

Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
I understand the assignment and like the color and desaturation and juxtaposition of the flowers, but I would rather Imagine the broken stem behind the other flower. Wonder if it still meets criteria.   Posted: 05/08/2022 13:17:43
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Andrew Lewis   Andrew Lewis
Look at that, Harley! It would have never occurred to me to move the stem behind, but I really like it! Thanks for helping me look at the scene differently.   Posted: 05/12/2022 07:07:11

Lane B Lewis   Lane B Lewis
I see the subject" broken " which is out of focus which leads me to the flower that is in focus which is not broken. I think you could rework it and get the message across.
I like the original version in color.   Posted: 05/08/2022 13:45:49
Andrew Lewis   Andrew Lewis
That's a really great observation, Lane. I hadn't thought of it that way. I like that idea, thanks!   Posted: 05/12/2022 07:30:08

Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
I saw a web presentation that dealt only with photographing broken, imperfect ... subjects. It impressed me. We look for perfection and miss images that are far more interesting. I like you image. The story here is "broken". That is the very first thing I saw and the rest of the image complements that. It is good to tone down the color a bit. You could keep just a bit of the green on the left. Image looks "naked" there.   Posted: 05/10/2022 12:31:40
Andrew Lewis   Andrew Lewis
I like that, Mark. I think just a little green would really add something. Thanks for seeing it differently. Selective color has so many layers, it's fun to explore all of them.
  Posted: 05/12/2022 07:32:24

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Hi Andrew, Looks like you put lots of thought and work into this image. I re worked it a little. The image was in color and you make it into a b & w and pulled out the color in the red flowers and the green stem. There was only part of the stem that the color was pull out. I tilted it a little to get the flowers in the rules of thirds. I bought the image into camera raw and selected the subject and inverted it and blur the background a little to bring your attention to the flower and the broken limb.   Posted: 05/10/2022 14:56:41
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Andrew Lewis   Andrew Lewis
Wow, Linda! It's amazing how relatively minor changes can have a great impact on an image. The changes you've made are small, but they add up to a lot. I appreciate your thoughts and work. I like what you did with it!   Posted: 05/12/2022 07:34:14

Leo Chow   Leo Chow
The image has told a story of broken flower. I love the red flowers standing out from the black & white background. Also the composition of the image is good. Well done!   Posted: 05/10/2022 20:58:52
Andrew Lewis   Andrew Lewis
Thanks, Leo. I'm really pleased with how it came out.   Posted: 05/12/2022 07:34:53


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