Lisa Auerbach  

Hillwood Composure by Lisa Auerbach

November 2021 - Hillwood Composure

November 2021 - Lisa Auerbach


About the Image(s)

This month I am showing a flower I took at Hillwood Estate. I added clarity to the whole image, then masked and lowered the exposure of the background. I raised vibrance. I cloned what I thought were “crying children”. Finally I added a vignette. I am adding my settings. If one of you thinks something different would have been better, please let me know. Overall I am happy with both the beginning and end results.

Hand held, I think; Canon EOS R; 65mm; 1/20; f/14; ISO 100; Manual metering; Center Weighted

4 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Love it! This flower is gorgeous and has a nice painterly look to it which is lovely. When I opened your original, I liked the environment and may have not cropped but instead removed some of the "crying children" that bothered me. Particularly, the one along the left edge. Even if I left more space, I'd probably reduce the luminosity as you did of the background to let the star shine. Great shot.   Posted: 11/09/2021 12:17:15

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Beautifully composed and edited. I like that you removed the "crying children"that I assume were the orange flowers in the background as to me they would have been distracting. I'm a little torn between your dark vignette and letting more of the green foliage in the background show a little. I like the darker purple in the foreground as I feel it helps set off the main flower. Well done.   Posted: 11/13/2021 10:44:10

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Tack sharp flower. I would try leaving the orange flower in the blue cluster lower left, and the orange flower on the right closest to the daliah (?). Together with the orange center of the daliah they would form a nice triangular compositional element, and add color punch.   Posted: 11/13/2021 14:10:50

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I believe God made Dahlias especially for photographers. I love the concentric circles and the elegant curves the petals tend to form. I really like the way you have presented this image. I believe removing the orange flowers was wise, as they are such bright splashes of color that for me they detract from the beauty of the Dahlia. I guess you know me well enough by now to know that I think the darkened and blurred background is perfect for showing off this lovely flower.   Posted: 11/15/2021 12:37:35


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