Jay Joseph  

Water Lily by Jay Joseph

June 2021 - Water Lily

June 2021 - Jay Joseph


About the Image(s)

This photograph was taken at a nature preserve about 30 minutes from my home. It was a large pond, but only a few lilies were blooming. I’m not sure why the water looks like motor oil, but it did help with the reflection of the lily. In Lightroom I did several adjustments and cropping. Pentax K-1, f8, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, 210mm zoom, circular polarizing filter.

6 comments posted

Sophie Pouillon
What makes me laugh is that the software has translated the French name by another name. In short, it's the vagaries of translators.
Indeed, the fact that the water looks like a real mirror helped.
Someone once told me that the human eye is first attracted to humans if there are any in the picture, then to animals and then to flora. My eye is immediately attracted to the water lily. With the framing it is at a strong point of the picture. I also think it's good to have framed the picture with blades of grass to close and bring the eye back to the scene. Bravo
  Posted: 06/06/2021 01:29:39
Henriette Brasseur   Henriette Brasseur
The lighting on the lily is very luminous and beautiful. The odd number of three lilly pads next to the flower complement the lilly and the softness of the water is a nice backdrop to the lilly and lilly pads. Have you thought about making a vertical (portrait) rendition of this image cropping in from both sides to emphasize the center of the image? I keep going back to the lighting on the lilly...nice capture, Jay.   Posted: 06/09/2021 10:48:44
Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Thank you Henriette. I am going to try the other crop you suggested this weekend.   Posted: 06/11/2021 15:20:44
Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Thank you for your comments Sophie. Welcome to the group.   Posted: 06/11/2021 15:18:41

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
This is a fine image Jay, but may I please ask a question? In my experience, a circular polarizer is supposed to cut through glare on a reflective surface, such as water. After the filter is attached to the lens, and then rotated, the reducing reflection can be seen in the view finder. Did this work for you with this image?   Posted: 06/06/2021 06:54:58
Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Thanks for your help Ian. I did do it wrong as you hinted. I went back last weekend with the polarizer and tried it again. I didn't turn the ring enough to get rid of the reflection.
The problem was that I was just tuned into the flower and did not pay enough attention to the background. Hopefully I won't make the same mistake again.   Posted: 06/11/2021 15:34:23


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