Gerard Blair  

Tulip Corkscrew by Gerard Blair

June 2021 - Tulip Corkscrew

June 2021 - Gerard Blair


About the Image(s)

I captured this image as part of a course on still life photography which I am taking with PSA. The shot is on the dining room table with a stone slab rescued
from the garden - window light from the left on a cloudy day and a black reflector card (from the dollar store) on the right. The bottle (Limoncello) is lit from behind
with a rectangle LED directly against the bottle.
The main subject is a tulip that has begun to wilt - making the petal contract and fall.
I named the image Tulip Corkscrew because of the shape of the leaves.

f/29.0 4.0 ISO 100
Canon EOS 6D Mark II TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD MACRO1:1

13 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Gerard, I really like this image. I am fond of capturing subjects in states of decline / decay. I enjoy the challenge in creating something beautiful from what normally would be considered not beautiful. Your composition is lovely. My only recommendation would be to decrease the lighting behind the bottle. To my eye the brightness pulls my attention away from the stem and flower. Lastly, I'm making the assumption that your focus was tack-sharp…but I've noticed with the small size of the images to which PSA constrains us, when I zoom in for a closer look, images always look out of focus.   Posted: 06/03/2021 21:02:24
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Like this?   Posted: 06/03/2021 21:30:50
Comment Image
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Hmm…. I love what you did with the bottle/vase! I know we're a monochrome group…but what if you keep the B&W stone base, keep the blue-toned bottle/vase like you have it but reinstate the color of the stem and the flower?   Posted: 06/08/2021 00:08:57

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Gerard
Very creative composition. Nice texture on the stone, bottle, and flower. I like how you can see the stem in the bottle. The lighting enhances the flower and leaves. However, I do agree with Michael about the light behind the bottle. Its a bit too bright, and distracts my eye from the flower. Perhaps a diffused light source set away from the bottle would render a softer light, and keep my eye focused on the tulip.   Posted: 06/04/2021 19:21:45
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
thank you - but - do either of you think that the reduced brightness in my second image achieves what you are suggesting?   Posted: 06/04/2021 19:30:13
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Yes, absolutely…but now, although the color and lighting balance in the vase is much better, now it's the color that is distracting. I think it has to be one or the other.   Posted: 06/08/2021 00:12:11

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Gerard, I'm late to the party so have the benefit of the previous comments and your revision. But yes I do think your reduced brightness does help. However, I am not so fond of all of the bottle! Or the plinth on which it stands as I think both of these detract from what you are trying to show which is the decay off the tulip - sorry. So, I would consider just showing half of the bottle above the waterline. Incidentally, the colour that is now in the bottle in your revision makes this less of a problem!   Posted: 06/05/2021 03:15:26

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Ok - I hear the group - the light is distracting. Peter I did have a version as you suggest but I do like the bottle. As to the added color - oops - sorry - missed that: did not expect that to happen in the "raw" editor.
But - let me push this s different way and ask what the group thinks of the following in which I am adding "attractors" rather than removing one? Call it "power plant".
Might it be the case that an image should have many focus elements or one - but not a few?   Posted: 06/05/2021 08:49:06
Comment Image
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Gerard, I think the image on the left is the clear winner of all the monochrome edits.   Posted: 06/08/2021 00:14:52

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Gerard,
Your original composition with the softer light in the second image would be perfect. One focused subject is preferred. Too much in power plant image.   Posted: 06/05/2021 10:14:12

Leanne Moore
Hi Gerard,
I agree with everyone else and agree that the second image is better softer lighting. The power plant image is a bit busy and distracting, my eyes don't know where to look.
I find the the flat stone under the bottle is a bit distracting . I suggest maybe cropping the image at the bottom and only showing 1/3 of the rock. Great choice to go monochrome with this image too.   Posted: 06/10/2021 20:47:07

Randy Andre   Randy Andre
I am also late to the game so to speak, I agree that the bottle is too bright in the original post. I do like the stone that it sits on, but perhaps a little less of it top to bottom. There certainly is a lot going on the the "power plant" photo. I would eliminate the top flower, and duplicate and flip the bottle and flower on the left place in on the right in place of the brightly illuminated one. For whatever reason I find myself distracted by the "coat of arms" or graphic on the bottle but I do like to patterning on the bottle.   Posted: 06/11/2021 15:47:16

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Gerard, Your image is great the way it is. I like the concept of the wilting flower and the old bottle (whatever was in the bottle is no longer there). Both items have seen their better days and are on the way out. But, someone bought them together to make a very attractive image. Art and a creative mind. The only thing I may do is to give them more room. Visual Image   Posted: 06/13/2021 17:55:46
Comment Image


Please log in to post a comment