Bob Crocker  

Lone Dahlia by Bob Crocker

July 2021 - Lone Dahlia

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"Photo taken in my front yard garden, we have managed to keep the deer away from the Dahlias this year, so I couldn't resist getting a shot of this bloom sitting off by itself. Taken with my Sony a6500, 90mm macro lens, hand-held at ISO 400, 160th of a second at f5.6. Processed in ON1 Photo RAW, I cropped the image, added a texture to the background, pulled down the highlights a little, added vibrance to just the flower and the yellow center. Brushed in some dynamic contrast and sharpening to just the flower, and finished with a vignette."

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10 comments posted

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
Very nice looking Dahlia. My only suggestion, would be to remove the other piece of a flower at the top right side. I would also add a small white frame around your image. I feel it would draw your eye toward the flower. Nice job.   Posted: 07/10/2021 13:14:36
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Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Thanks Stuart, I agree, that corner is an issue. I tried to 'soften' it by brushing in some blur, but that wasn't enough. The border seems to work well on square formatted images. I'll try more of that.   Posted: 07/13/2021 11:25:30

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I agree with Stuart that you can eliminate that flower in the corner, but I would also consider cropping a bit. I think the flower gets a little lost with so much background around it. Although, I do like the contrast of the softer background and having the flower in focus.   Posted: 07/14/2021 10:41:13

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
You really have a beautiful flower with awesome lighting and good details. I love the colors and rich, dark green background. I agree with Stuart's crop. Nice job!   Posted: 07/17/2021 10:32:57

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice flower. I would try and get a bit closer and bring up the shadows a bit, make it a little brighter.   Posted: 07/20/2021 10:01:44

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
I like the sharpness of the dahlia and detail especially in the center. Although most of us don't like to place the subject in the middle, in my opinion, a square crop would make this flower stand out even more. Good job!   Posted: 07/20/2021 13:12:41
Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Thanks for the input; I did ponder over a dead-center placement but that 'rule of thirds' always hangs over us.   Posted: 07/25/2021 10:48:57

Mary Hinsen   Mary Hinsen
Hi Bob - I agree with the previous comments about cropping. I love the detail you've captured in the dahlia - it's beautiful.   Posted: 07/20/2021 16:28:41
Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Thanks Mary   Posted: 07/25/2021 10:49:13

Andrew Carstensen   Andrew Carstensen
Every flower has it's own color. A very healthy subject. Great focus and exact depth of field, I could see the flower take up the whole frame. It does look a bit dark toward the center stigma. Was it taken in shade? Maybe that's how rich that burgundy is.   Posted: 07/31/2021 18:52:58