John Roach  

Dogwood Blossom by John Roach

May 2023 - Dogwood Blossom

May 2023 - John Roach


About the Image(s)

This image was captured with Nikon Df DSLR Full Frame Camera with a Tamron 100mm f2.8mm macro lens, processed in Lightroom and DxO Nik Silver Efex. The color was enhanced to what is presented a little in Lightroom by Global Contract and selective highlight adjustments and Global Curve adjustment. Finally the image was exported to DxO Nik Silver Efex with a Soft High Structure present chosen with some global and selective tonal adjustments and frame added.

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5 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I think this is a nice macro, and whlst the original is enjoyable with its lush colour, the mono verson is equally interesting. The contours are much more pronounced in the mono.
It's amazing how, when you study your macro shots, something you hadn't seen in the viewfinder is very obvious! In this case, it's a fine strand of something across the centre. It was there, bu should it be (or have been) removed?
I like the water drops and overall tone.
I wonder if it's a bit too tight in the frame?
The nearmost petal is a bit out of focus due to the depth of field available, but I find it quite acceptable.   Posted: 05/09/2023 16:07:57

Don York   Don York
The color version is most spectacular. I am not sure I like the mono version as well. It is a little tight in the frame, with a merger on the right. The water droplet adds a nice touch..   Posted: 05/12/2023 15:48:52

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
I like the imperfections like the spider web, and the drops of water, that ground the image in reality. The tonal contrast in the petals could be improved by darkening the red color before converting to monochrome. I would like to see more breathing space around the flower.   Posted: 05/19/2023 09:12:02

Chris Prior   Chris Prior
The composition is good with no petals clipped, maybe a little too tight in the frame but I guess there could have been distractions beyond the edges which I will never know and that is why you have cropped it so. I prefer the colour version as the colours are complimentary and vibrant and I get a greater appreciation of the detail in the middle. A little detail is lost in the mono conversion especially around the centre area of the petals. In both versions the background is subtle, nicely muted and very non distracting.   Posted: 05/22/2023 06:02:55

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Congratulations on this successful macro. I pretty much agree with Chris on the complementary colors of the original and the tight crop.   Posted: 05/22/2023 17:42:12