Terry Walters, PPSA  

Bleeding Heart by Terry Walters, PPSA

November 2021 - Bleeding Heart

November 2021 - Terry Walters, PPSA


About the Image(s)

Canon R6, RF 24-240 lens @ 130mm, F6.5. 1/50 sec, iso 400

We have a competition for images taken in a specific park each year, and having left it to the last minute I rushed there to get my 3 images in a 90 minute slot while waiting to collect my wife.

I got the obligatory squirrel, plus a nice redwood tree with dappled light, and then saw this leaf. It reminded me of a heart with the veins in green and blood in red. Initially I looked for a perfect specimen but failed, but then saw the damaged area of this leaf seemed to be leaking blood onto the adjoining leaf. I’m not sure what I see is obvious to the viewer without explanation, so the title attempted to do this but how well?

I’ve cloned more leaves into the gaps, desaturated the background a tad, added a drop shadow, then used Topaz Adjust on the leaf itself.

6 comments posted

Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta

Liked the post processing, looks good.
  Posted: 11/02/2021 20:40:35

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Really beautifully done, Terry. I think your processing is fabulous and this simple composition is powerful. No suggestions. And that's a first!   Posted: 11/05/2021 20:18:16

Mitch Ross   Mitch Ross
Hi Terry, very nicely done. As a cardiologist I'd be remiss if I didn't comment that blood in veins is red as well, though I appreciate the artistic license. I definitely see your view of it "bleeding" onto the adjacent leaf, beautiful composition. Nothing to add photographically!   Posted: 11/06/2021 16:43:55

Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
I think the heart visualization comes through quite well (bleeding or not). A good find for a quick shoot.

My only critique was going to be to clone out that stem in the bottom left but then saw in the original it was not there previous. I think I prefer the original background which seems less distracting and minimal to me. I'd even consider cropping / cloning out the other stem so you just have a simple green background.   Posted: 11/09/2021 15:38:39

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Very nice conversion. Minor suggestions are to have the red leaf more at a counter clockwise angle and to blur the background a little.   Posted: 11/16/2021 14:32:27

Helen Warnod   Helen Warnod
I agree, I was a bit stuck to suggest any improvements to your image. I do agree with Jim about the angle. It will depend if this is a crop or not. Nice work!   Posted: 11/25/2021 00:40:58


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