Charles Ginsburgh  

Blue Bloom by Charles Ginsburgh

May 2023 - Blue Bloom

About the Image(s)

This shot of an old thistle bloom is a bit on the stylized side, but I enjoyed the final look.
The was a stack of 23 images (f/8, Iso 100, 1/10 sec) taken with a 100 mm macro lens (Canon R6 body).

8 comments posted

Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Charlie: A very creative rendition of the Teasel seed head. Really like your creative composition, this is a good example of a dead centered composition working very well. I cannot see the well worn rule of thirds working here at all. Like the strong vignette with the teasel seed head shown much lighter to draw the viewers attention. Then to add impact to the scene the teasel head and stem are very sharp in detail, your stack of 23 images was key to this.
From a composition standpoint am glad you avoided having the stem emerge from the corner of the frame.
KUDUS on excellent work !!   Posted: 05/06/2023 15:42:00
Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
Although it appears here as a strong vignette, I actually added a slight glow behind the bloom to give this effect. It's a bit dramatic, but I liked the final effect.   Posted: 05/08/2023 15:59:06
Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Charlie: I like impact and drama in certain types of pictures. I like it when the subject simply jumps off the monitor at me and this Teasel seed head picture does this very well.   Posted: 05/10/2023 01:37:22

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
A beautiful sharp rendering of the dread thistle Wow 23 images! I agree with Murphy This would look great framed on the wall   Posted: 05/06/2023 16:45:57

Raymond Tice   Raymond Tice
Charlie - I appreciate that the stem is at an angle and the seed head is not quite dead center with extra light behind. I note the same problem as my entry last month as at the required image size, we get visible layers rather than a smooth transition for the shades of blue background (yes, I know there is a word for this but I don't recall it). I am curious about the following - might some of the whites in the stem and the parts that. surround the thistle (lets call them prongs) be blown out as I see no texture, I see blue on the inside of some of the prongs - especially the bottom one and the one 2 up from that one (are they actually blue on the inside), and what is the red dot in the center of the seed head? Ray   Posted: 05/10/2023 20:07:44
Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Ray: I do agree with you the 1MB file size limit of our website does limit us somewhat with what image we can submit. I have found an image with a lot of detail and with the accompanying large file size can be a problem. In sizing down a large file size image to 1MB has a detrimental effect on image sharpness, then the image simply lacks the impact it should have. This limitation is something we probably just have to live with. Just some thoughts !!   Posted: 05/15/2023 22:53:54

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
Really appreciate the light and the composition, and the sharpness of course.
The "light glow behind the bloom" shows circles which give a better effect than a vignette.
Avoiding to start from the corner is a choice. We don't be afraid not to "respect the classical rules".
I "immediately" recognize your style....
  Posted: 05/15/2023 05:12:27

Marge Barham   Marge Barham
So dramatic Charles and I love it. Composition is so perfectly thought out from the stem, not quite in the corner, to the added soft glow behind the bloom. Just beautiful.   Posted: 05/15/2023 21:49:46


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