Judith Lesnaw  


Penny Eater by Judith Lesnaw

July 2021 - Penny Eater

About the Image(s)

In the winter of 2019 I ventured to Longwood Gardens PA. There was a particularly lovely display in the main conservatory. As I walked about looking from many different angles at an interesting plant in front of a mini waterfall/fountain, I noticed that a penny that most likely had been aimed at the pool, was trapped in the plant. I photographed it with a Canon 80D and Tamron 16-300 lens at 300mm. Settings were: 1/1600 sec, f 6.3, ISO 6400. The camera was hand held.


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6 comments posted




Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
What are the chances! I like the serendipity of the flower catching the coin but as an image it doesn't work for me. I'm not sure I would have noticed the coin without the point out. Also, when I open the image there are artifacts on the contrast edges and too much noise for my taste. The coin itself looks bigger than a penny and has red tones that don't look natural to me.   Posted: 07/09/2021 14:57:49



Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
I can see how you noticed the penny; however what you showed us is the flower. There isn't enough to know it is a penny, and I think the main focus is the flower. Thus I would eliminate the strong spots of white and focus on the flower. The penney would still show however the flower would also show.   Posted: 07/09/2021 17:47:54



Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I am thinking that is this is an "Air Plant" which I have seen down in the Everglades. The coin gives my a sense of the size of the flower, but other than that does not add to the image, in my opinion. Perhaps it would be more interesting if standing on its edge - I wonder if you could have moved it? The specular highlights in background are bright and draw my attention away from teh flower. Think toning down the background and perhaps adding some blur to it might help keep my eye on the flower which is your center of interest.   Posted: 07/12/2021 12:18:20



Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
From your description I feel you wanted the penny to be the main focus. If so, I think cropping in tight on the flower petals where the penny is lodged might better accomplish your goal. To me the brown subject along the right edge and all of the white specular highlights in the background are very distracting. My eye really doesn't know where to land. I tried a tighter crop but the high ISO made it impossible.   Posted: 07/13/2021 17:29:02



LC Boros   LC Boros
Where has my week gone? I'm sooo late to the comment party.

I agree with most of the earlier ones: I think the image would actually be stronger if the coin weren't the focus and instead the plant were flowering (almost all species of the various air plants flower as part of their life cycle).

The Spanish moss behind the Tillandsia is sharper and richer in colors than the primary subject: not sure if this is a result of your post work. Would be interesting to see the same composition with a greater depth of field and perhaps a more square crop as right now the rock formation on the right is a bit of a distraction.   Posted: 07/15/2021 22:02:07



Ally Green   Ally Green
To me the synergy of this images flows well and i really like the bokeh background. It tells a story with the penny lodged in there but to me it looks a bit lost and the emphasis in my opinion is on the plant. The reddish colour could pop a bit more with Color Efex Pro? Or i might have put it into black & white to see if the coin became more of the story. Anyway i like the composition and the way the plant is springing forth from the green foliage.   Posted: 07/18/2021 15:57:52