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by Charles Haacker
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Artistic Expressions
Topic: Sculptures, Omaha's Lauritzen Gardens
Replies: 1
Views: 4

Re: Sculptures, Omaha's Lauritzen Gardens

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by Charles Haacker
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Artistic Expressions
Topic: Sculptures, Omaha's Lauritzen Gardens
Replies: 1
Views: 4

Sculptures, Omaha's Lauritzen Gardens

These seem not to fit well anywhere else, but I think these will be the last of my Lauritzen group. Many of you know that I am pretty eclectic, photographing whatever interests me, whatever passes in front of my lens. At my age I admit I tend to photograph a lot from my own eye level (I am six feet)...
by Charles Haacker
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Black & White
Topic: Reeds and Water Lillies
Replies: 1
Views: 9

Re: Reeds and Water Lillies

Long have I looked, and that tells me there is interest here, but I don't think this picture works well in B&W. There seems to me to be no center of interest. I can see the reeds but cannot find the water lillies, perhaps because they don't have enough contrast to stand out. My eye is drawn to t...
by Charles Haacker
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Flowers & Plants
Topic: Another kind of lily
Replies: 1
Views: 8

Re: Another kind of lily

I love it! I see nothing to critique. The light!!! The light is exquisite, and the composition is wonderful, with the two tiny developing leaflets balancing the great flower, like tiny moons orbiting a gas giant. :thumbup:
by Charles Haacker
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Flowers & Plants
Topic: Very Green Things in Lauritzen Gardens Conservatory
Replies: 8
Views: 41

Re: Very Green Things in Lauritzen Gardens Conservatory

Nice green things. I especially like the ones with the striped leaves (cannas?). I did some up in black and white not long ago, but if I'd had the great backlighting shining through like this, I'd have kept them in color too! You found some good stuff in that conservatory visit, I'm enjoying visiti...
by Charles Haacker
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Flowers & Plants
Topic: Very Green Things in Lauritzen Gardens Conservatory
Replies: 8
Views: 41

Re: Very Green Things in Lauritzen Gardens Conservatory

That was a great article; thanks so much for your time in digging it out of Giggle :D My Panasonic mirrorless with 14-140 mm lens is set for 3:2 aspect ratio. I know that's not using all the pixels, but after all my years with film SLR and then Canon Rebel series dslr, I am very comfortable with la...
by Charles Haacker
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Flowers & Plants
Topic: Very Green Things in Lauritzen Gardens Conservatory
Replies: 8
Views: 41

Re: Very Green Things in Lauritzen Gardens Conservatory

Two things I remember my instructor saying during my year of b&w film classes (with darkroom) in 1989: "watch the edges of your frame!" "It needs more contrast!" I very much like your reference to intuitive, though. I think the more technical and deliberate one is, the less ...
by Charles Haacker
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Happy Birthday Ceropegia!
Replies: 1
Views: 15

Re: Happy Birthday Ceropegia!

Image :thanks: :thumbup: :clap: :D
by Charles Haacker
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Flowers & Plants
Topic: Very Green Things in Lauritzen Gardens Conservatory
Replies: 8
Views: 41

Re: Very Green Things in Lauritzen Gardens Conservatory

Yummy backlighting in #1. I really like the composition - where you chose to position the center of the plant was particularly important because it's so bright. The shadows and light add so much to this wonderful study of lines...and green :) Thank you, Linda. I especially appreciate your analysis ...
by Charles Haacker
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Flowers & Plants
Topic: Very Green Things in Lauritzen Gardens Conservatory
Replies: 8
Views: 41

Very Green Things in Lauritzen Gardens Conservatory

In addition to hop-frogs and hoppy-Andi I turned my lens on the green stuff...
I concluded my best bet was the tight closeup. When everything is green it ain't easy shooting green. It gets muddied, busy, and confusing.

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