Randall Gusdorf  

Out Standing by Randall Gusdorf

August 2022 - Out Standing

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I took this shot dark to begin with and used a polarizer. Iso 100, 800th of a second, f16, 350mm. I then brighten it and lucky me the flowers popped leaving the background dark.

8 comments posted

Donna Paul   Donna Paul
Wow, I have nothing to say to make this image better.   Posted: 08/02/2022 12:29:21

David Terao   David Terao
This is a great image of water lilies - one of my favorite flowers. They are so photogenic. And, you did an excellent job of bringing out their exquisite qualities. I wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 08/02/2022 13:02:14

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I know rules are made to be broken so I kind of went half way on my version. For me, having two bright flowers makes my eyes go back and forth. For this reason, it's best to have odd numbers of items. What I did was to burn in the smaller flower to put more importance on the larger one. I also added a stroke especially since the background is dark. I feel this helps to keep the focus inside the frame. Overall it's a nice capture of a pretty flower.   Posted: 08/02/2022 15:51:07
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Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Thanks Marti, I try to get away from the odd rule of odds sometimes, and I was wondering if anyone would call me out on this one, and I wanted to hear the feedback. Nice. While I like the two as is, you make it a more compelling story and definitely have a main subject for the viewer to go to. This along with the other comments are in part why I was interested in this group. I am at work, and a meeting tonight, and I look forward to posting my comments soon.   Posted: 08/02/2022 16:27:52

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Randall, Lovely image. I feel Marti's idea is a good one. Making the larger flower the subject and darken the smaller flower. I like the position of the smaller flower works well with the rules of thirds. Great contrast. I know this is a little picky, but I would clone out the the little white spots on the image. It's probably water droplet that the sun is hitting. Good job.   Posted: 08/05/2022 10:35:36
Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
I'm kind of mixed on those white spots - assuming you mean the ones on the pads. I didn't notice them until I went back to look and yes, they can draw your eye away from the subject. However I also felt that they added something to the pads and made them more of the picture.   Posted: 08/07/2022 13:34:02
Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Thank you Linda and Marti, you both bring in good ideas and discussion. I will take another look as in this case it took someone else to see what I was not seeing, and yes, I would make a conscious choice that I had not before, but for the one bright stem on the left bottom that I left as is.   Posted: 08/07/2022 15:24:47

Ingrid Lockhart   Ingrid Lockhart
I love water lilies as well, and these are two beautiful examples. The lighting on the flowers is lovely, but I agree that the composition is a bit static with the two bright elements. I think you have the material for two beautiful images that would complement each other well as a series. I agree that the white spots should be darkened so as not to pull the viewer's eye away for the lilies.   Posted: 08/14/2022 13:29:02


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