Jacob Wat  

Yellow Flower by Jacob Wat

August 2022 - Yellow Flower

August 2022 - Jacob Wat


About the Image(s)

For this month I am submitting a flower I photographed at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The flower itself is very tall and I wanted to capture that in this photo but I feel I lost that in cropping the image. I did crop it because I wanted to limit the color palette of the photo to three colors. Beyond that I altered the vibrance of the image to increase the color of the sky. I captured the image on my iPhone 13 pro. It’s a new phone for me as previously I had an iPhone 6s so I am still getting use to all the new settings and abilities that this camera has.

8 comments posted

Kathryn Delany
Jacob. I love the yellow against the blue sky for sure. Also the way the light falls on the centre of the flower is well done on drawing the eye there. I think if you are trying tp portray the height maybe a closer crop would help. I can see why you cropped the stem down to remove the background structure though. Perhaps if you had tried moving around the flower and used portrait orientation it would have allowed more inclusion of the stem. A lovely in-focus image that makes one feel positive.   Posted: 08/07/2022 14:03:28
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Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Jacob, your yellow flower is sharp and detailed throughout. I like the lighting and translucent petals it creates and your creative positioning of the flower with the blue sky background. I wonder if you considered enhancing the flower by removing the 2 or 3 damaged spots on the petals, probably caused by insects? I also wonder if the center of the flower would look brighter if you increased exposure in the shadows? Thank you for your submission.
Bob   Posted: 08/07/2022 21:40:25

Nadia Trevan   Nadia Trevan
Hi Jacob, do you do all your editing on your iphone? The reason I'm asking is that you can create 'height' for the flower in photoshop. It's easily done by extending the canvas vertically, copy the blue sky, paste over the empty part of the canvas, add layer mask and blend. The flower does warrant height as it quite large. I do agree with Kathryn about a tighter crop. It's a lovely flower and the yellow against the blue sky is pleasing.   Posted: 08/10/2022 04:37:23

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Jacob, You have a nice image of a sunflower. I agree with the other comments, but would like to show some context. In my VF I cropped to a vertical, using context aware cropping; lengthened the stem, and made some small adjustments to color and shadow.   Posted: 08/10/2022 13:51:57
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Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Peter, does your editing add artifacts to other peoples images? Like some hairs from the stem have grown to the right of the stem?   Posted: 08/10/2022 17:02:36
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Only when I make careless mistakes, that I am too lazy to fix.   Posted: 08/14/2022 14:11:13
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Just so you know. We know you are human.   Posted: 08/14/2022 14:32:44

Doug Wolters   Doug Wolters
I think this would be a fine image if the center were lit at least as well as the pedals. Also, the pedal covering up part of the center does not add to it. I like the idea of shooting it with the sky as background.   Posted: 08/12/2022 14:08:19


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