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Delicate Perch by Dick Knudson

September 2021 - Delicate Perch

September 2021 - Dick Knudson


About the Image(s)

A frail trailing annual plant with its light blue flower finds its support on a years-old agave branch. One wind and the agave thorn would shred the little guy. I chose monochrome because, to me, the story is about frailty and strength, and color seems to hide that story.

There must be a haiku for this scene, but I can not come up with it.

Canon 5D III EF100-400, with extension tube, used as a macro lens.
1/200 f/18 ISO 400 AP 400mm

12 comments posted

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Great story / sharing, thanks Dick. I enjoyed your processing e.g. tonal volume, cropping, shadows, midtone contrast. I just want to ask why you chose f18 that looks a bit high.   Posted: 09/04/2021 09:49:33
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Thank you. Normally f/18 would not be appropriate or successful for an image of this sort. In this case, I was using my telephoto zoomed to the max with an extension tube. The effect of the tube is to decrease the depth of field very dramatically, so f/18 balanced that a bit.   Posted: 09/04/2021 12:14:43

Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
As I see the image today, I think the story is not evident except for those who know the two plants. If I had included the frail stem of the flowering plant ascending the agave, the story might have been more evident.   Posted: 09/04/2021 12:14:09

Tevor Harvey   Tevor Harvey
I love the image, in both color and mono and think that the crop works well. Lovely tones in the conversion   Posted: 09/04/2021 21:46:16

Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
I like the crop of the B&W image and the treatment of the tones in processing. As you noted, I am unfamiliar with the plants, and while your specific story would not have been as clear to me, the story I saw was that the flower was delicate and to see it juxtapose against the thorn was interesting.   Posted: 09/05/2021 19:52:41

Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Dick,
Thank you for sharing.
It sounds like you did new challenges. 400mm lens use for macro - That was a really challenge! I admire your sprit.
First of all, I like the delicacy of tones overall.
It is gentle and feeble - That's the story I can tell from here.
I like the details and texture of petals and trunk. It is so delicately presented. Well done.
But many of pistils are blown out and those pistils plays so important part of main subject, the image looks unnatural in the end. It carries from original - original's pistils are blown out so it is not post processing issue but shooting issues I guess.

The proverb you probably wanted to come up with is;
Every rose has its thorn.
There's no rose without a thorn.
We have haiku came from this proverb in Japanese as well.   Posted: 09/07/2021 00:41:27
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Thank you for the proverb, and for the accurate comment regarding the anthers- the pollen-bearing parts. I found that I had a second exposure that allowed me to focus stack, which brought more elements into focus. Then I handled the anthers with a better hand. I then addressed the left hand side distractions. Thanks again, and to Arne and Bill.   Posted: 09/17/2021 13:42:54
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Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
This become much better, Dick. Well done.   Posted: 09/17/2021 18:34:08

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
An interesting story and picture. Using a 400 mm for macro photography is new to me, but it evidently works. Good to learn new possibilities. I like the composition with the diagonal lines. If I should pick on something, it would be to put a bit more effort into the cloning of the branch behind the rose.   Posted: 09/12/2021 00:55:38
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Thank you. Please see comments to Haru.   Posted: 09/17/2021 13:43:25

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I'm also unfamiliar with the two plants. The frailness of the flower is well-represented in your image, as is the peril present in the closeness of the thorn. I agree with Arne's comment regarding the branch/vegetation behind the flower.   Posted: 09/17/2021 10:20:28
Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Thank you. Please see comments to Haru.   Posted: 09/17/2021 13:43:34


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