Marianne Shine  

Orchids by Marianne Shine

July 2021 - Orchids

About the Image(s)

We finally escaped hibernation with the pandemic and drove from our home in southeast Florida to Florida's west coast, where we visited the botanical gardens in Naples. There was a whole section full of many different orchids and these were among them.

I cropped and did some retouching, increased saturation and sharpen/intensity and decreased brilliance, exposure, contrast, shadows, and vibrance.

13.76 mm
1/80 @ f/3.5
ISO 80

11 comments posted

Kurtis Sutley   Kurtis Sutley
(Group 38)
Love the image. I think you nailed the focus and depth of field. To me the composition is perfect. The image leads my eyes from the front orchid back and left but the lack of a visual border hints at a continued story unseen. That encourages me to scan back along the subjects. In my opinion the foliage is properly exposed just enough to add depth and provide a nice frame for the blooms. Very nicely done.   Posted: 07/09/2021 14:08:07
Marianne Shine   Marianne Shine
Thanks, Kurtis. Nice to have you check in with our group!   Posted: 07/09/2021 16:46:51

Gail McTaggart   Gail McTaggart
This is such a beautiful image Marianne. There is not a lot I can add to Kurtis' comments he has nailed it!. The only thing I would suggest.... in the top RH corner there is a little spot you might like to try cloning out. Otherwise this is a perfect image that would look lovely in print hanging on a wall.   Posted: 07/10/2021 23:44:42
Marianne Shine   Marianne Shine
Thanks, Gail. Good catch - I'll clone it out!   Posted: 07/11/2021 20:02:24
Marianne Shine   Marianne Shine
When I cloned out the little spot at the top, I saw two tiny ones at the bottom and got rid of those too!   Posted: 07/17/2021 17:42:11
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Ron Clegg   Ron Clegg
Well done, the background is nicely handled.   Posted: 07/24/2021 15:20:15

Marianne Shine   Marianne Shine
Thanks, Ron.   Posted: 07/24/2021 16:13:38

Alec Chester   Alec Chester
This is a very nice image, sharp and clear. The curve of the orchids is a definite plus filling the frame in an eye-pleasing way. The black background really makes the photo.   Posted: 07/27/2021 07:13:34
Marianne Shine   Marianne Shine
Thanks, Alec.   Posted: 07/27/2021 11:00:43

Matt Moses   Matt Moses
Having seen the original version Marianne good job on the cloning and those dust spots. :) I like the subject placement and arcing composition and the darker background for the greenery so the flower pop. Good job!   Posted: 07/28/2021 07:36:58
Marianne Shine   Marianne Shine
Thanks, Matt.   Posted: 07/28/2021 10:59:35


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