Lisa Auerbach  

Azaleas in Spring by Lisa Auerbach

May 2022 - Azaleas in Spring

May 2022 - Lisa Auerbach


About the Image(s)

In Photoshop I raised the levels of the subject and lowered levels of the background after I had cropped it. To keep the image simple, I cropped in close.
105mm; 1/40; f/11; ISO 100; Spot metering; I think on a tripod.

5 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I like your crop and the flower looks beautiful. I might do some dodging and burning to add some depth to the flower and reduce the background even further. Really nit picky but there's a little green leaf that catches my eye in the upper left third of the image, at the border of the flower. I'd either eliminate it or reduce its luminance and saturation to push it more into the background.   Posted: 05/09/2022 17:39:51

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
A beautiful flower. It looks like you had some pretty harsh light on the flower but I think you were able to handle the contrast nicely. I like that you cropped it tightly to remove most of the background distraction. I see the little green spot Mike mentioned and agree that it could be removed or toned down. I also think Mike's idea of doing some dodging and burning would enhance the flower.   Posted: 05/12/2022 17:10:50

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Beautiful flower and great crop. I agree with Mike on removing the leaf (actually there are two that I would remove or darken; the second is upper center and blurred), and darkening the background, especially the upper left. I also think selective adjustment of the light in the flower would enhance the image.   Posted: 05/12/2022 17:44:01

LC Boros   LC Boros
I think you found a good subject to work with. The colors and levels are quite nicely done. Focus isn't as sharp - since you were shooting on a tripod I suspect the slow speed and a breeze are the cultprits. I'm also left wanting some sort of story in the image: perhaps an insect or super sharp closeup of just one of the flowers in the cluster with others falling softly out of the focal plane.
  Posted: 05/15/2022 17:43:29

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
The flower is beautiful and a perfect specimen in my opinion. I think the direction and the quality of the light were challenging which made the light uneven - bright on the top and shadowed on the lower portion. In a situaton like this you might need a reflector to bounce some of the light back up onto the lower portions of the flower. If this were my image I would consider selecting the flower and doing some creative work on the background by perhaps blurring and/or adding a texture to it.   Posted: 05/16/2022 09:57:25


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