John Roach  

April Dogwood by John Roach

May 2021 - April Dogwood

May 2021 - John Roach


About the Image(s)

Captured with my iPhone 6 and converted in Lightroom and DxO Nik Silver Efex to Monochrome. Sometimes I find the results amazing with the iPhone 6, however, I rarely use my iPhone for these type of more serious macro/close up images. Last year I photographed my Dogwood Tree blossoms with my Nikon Df with 100mm Tokina. Maybe it just proves that whatever camera you have there are wonderful possibilities. The iPhone camera auto settings were ISO 32, 4.15 mm, 1/800s, f/2.2

5 comments posted

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
What a beautiful blossom. You really captured the interesting detail within, which I'd never noticed before. How lucky you are to have a dogwood tree. Altho my iPhone 11 has a setting, portrait, which creates a soft background, I didn't realize the 6 did that. I prefer the colored version.   Posted: 05/04/2021 17:17:52

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I've got to agree with Helen. The colour version is very attractive, although I would suggest some background darkening to emphasise the main blooms would add to the impact as the small flowers in the background do reduce that for me. Having said that, the background seems less intrusive in the mono version, but it loses clarity and detail in the petals somehow from the colour version. The stigma have lovely detail in both versions, but overall the colour version works best for me.   Posted: 05/05/2021 01:19:00

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I had a dogwood tree in NJ for 15 years and never saw perfect flowers such as these. Flowers. Have all the characteristics needed for a good graphical image for a monochrome, but never exceed the beauty of color. Fortunately, the needed insects aren't't color blind.   Posted: 05/07/2021 09:50:10

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
The framing of the two blossoms is very pleasing to me. I also like the imperfections/irregularities in the dark tones. The grass and soil in the background drop out nicely in the mono version. The branches are distracting but not much can be done with them.   Posted: 05/07/2021 18:22:10

Don York   Don York
Yes the colored version has it over the monochrome.   Posted: 05/08/2021 08:10:11


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