Gerard Blair  

Dancers on a twig by Gerard Blair

June 2022 - Dancers on a twig

June 2022 - Gerard Blair


About the Image(s)

For my first image with this group I had looked back into all the images I think of as "fine art" wondering which to put forward for review ... and then I gave up trying to decide and instead I am offering for your comment simply my favourite image from the last month.

This is a plant from my back garden - I thought it was wild but my wife tells me she planted it several years ago and was surprised to see it suddenly re-emerge. I like it because of its unusual shape as well as the "lines" and "folds". For me, it would have made a good B&W candidate except that the colour is too interesting to lose.

The image is inverted because the postcard I left for my mother-in-law was placed upside down on her window ledge and it reminded me of the May image I saw in this group from Freddie when I came to look after I learnt that I was to join.

The plant was cut, and photographed on the dining room table with a black card behind. I used a tripod and a computer hook-up so that I could use the canon-live software and so compose and focus manually. For this shot, I used a small LED to illuminate from below to enhance the white tips (now at the top).

Post-processing a little in RAW, Photoshop and Nik Color Efex Pro

f/22.0 1/15 ISO 320
Canon EOS 6D Mark II - TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD MACRO

6 comments posted

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Gerard, Welcome to Group 79. The image of bleeding hearts is very well done in terms of sharpness and lighting. As taken, it's a beautiful recording of an attractive flower. When the image was vertically flipped, pareidolia takes over. We begin to see the blossoms as dancers swirling around in voluminous skirts. A straight flower picture becomes ambiguous to some viewers. That takes the image to a truly artistic level when a bleeding heart becomes a dancer. Well done! Karl   Posted: 06/02/2022 14:51:31

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
"Dancers on a Twig" is a fascinating image. In its flipped version I can see CanCan dancers, but in its original orientation I see three big-eyed Pixies with bouffant pink hair (center part) demurely gazing downwards. AND of course when I quiet my imagination I see the beautiful Dicentra eximia (bleeding heart). The black background is perfect. The narrow aperture led contributed to the sharp focus. The lighting was well done. Thus you have a technically excellent image that does what fine art is all about--it prompts multiple interpretations and make the viewer think.   Posted: 06/10/2022 19:00:22

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Welcome to the group! How fun to see the dancers pick up their pink skirts and twirl! I think you have just made one of my favorite plants more interesting.   Posted: 06/10/2022 19:18:29

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Hi Gerald. What a fun and dynamic image. Your flipped image does remind me of can can girls picking up their skirts. The black background highlights the flowers and how you've lit the "ladies" is well done. The bottom lighting gives their hair a translucent look. This is a really successful image and I can understand why you chose it.   Posted: 06/12/2022 06:04:19

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Group 48)
This is just beautiful.   Posted: 06/18/2022 08:25:51

Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
What a fun, playful interpretation! Very imaginative!
The black background works marvelously!   Posted: 06/19/2022 01:51:41


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