Gerard Blair  


Standing by the river  by Gerard Blair

August 2022 - Standing by the river

About the Image(s)

This month I have tried to force myself away from the high contrast and into the more tranquil, somber expression.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II - Tamron SP 90 F/2.8 Di VC USD Macro
f/7.1 1/320 ISO 320'


6 comments posted




Kathleen McCrary   Kathleen McCrary
Gerard -- I like this image every much because of the simplicity, minimalism, and tranquility. I shoot lots of plant "portraits" because I find the architecture of plants interesting. I usually prefer them in monochrome for the same reason and you show this plant's delicate structure beautifully with the simple but not plain background. Bravo!   Posted: 08/01/2022 15:41:00



Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Love the texture of the background. Really like this image. You did accomplish what you set out to do. I feel like it is out of balance so what. I put it into camera raw and brought out the shadows a little.   Posted: 08/02/2022 22:36:00
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Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Gerard,
Lovely. Peace and solitude are emitted from the image. Nice details on the plant and stem against the ripples on the water. I like it.   Posted: 08/03/2022 10:37:18



Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Gerard, great image - simple but effective. Now, I may be wrong about this but is this completely sharp? I've looked long and hard at it on a large monitor, I think that either it isn't or I need new glasses! It looked sharper on Linda's smaller image but when I enlarged it, then it didn't. So now I don't know if I should even have mentioned it - but there you go!   Posted: 08/03/2022 13:18:06



Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Hi Gerard. I am drawn to the simplicity of your image. Minimalist. Zen. Tranquil. I like it. I particularly like the soft, ripply background and what appears to be a natural gradient. The lighter part of the gradient contrasts nicely with the detail of the flower head. I also like the placement of the flower head. For me, the most interest is in the flower head itself and I felt the stem-to-flower ratio was unbalanced. In my visual feedback you will see I cropped and rotated the image to give the flower head more prominence and create a stronger diagonal leading line. I also used a radial filter to bring out more detail in the shadows and I used a linear gradient to accentuate the natural gradient that was already present. Lastly I applied some sharpening. Please let me know what you think.   Posted: 08/03/2022 21:19:58
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Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Thank you all for the feedback: I find this group so rewarding.

On the question of sharpness. Yes and no. Below is the flower at 100% and I see the front of the image as being sharp and the back as being way soft. Given the f/7.1 I am surprised by this rapid fall-off but I recall now that I once did an experiment which showed that 1 inch was as much as one could hope for (with this lens) at f/8.

Admitting that softness, however, I am not sure that I would change it in this "flatter tonality" approach: the brief sharpness of the front seems to me to be sufficient - though I am sure it would not pass muster in a PSA contest :-) .   Posted: 08/06/2022 12:48:19
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