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Coleus, Caladium and others

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:07 pm
by Bob Yankle
The local university has a landscaping and grounds crew that is second to none. I have used their works as subjects for my camera for a good while now. It is a relationship I hope goes on for a long time.

Re: Coleus,, Caladium and others

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:40 pm
by Charles Haacker
I would not change one single thing! If I had made it I would have presented it in color, which might have been Ooooo-kayyyy, but this is just magnificent! You'd think that a guy who used to shoot a lot of B&W would still do it. Maybe if I could do this I would.

Re: Coleus,, Caladium and others

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:20 pm
by Duck
I love uniform textures such as those among the dark green leaves here. It pulls contrasting subjects placed in or on them to the forefront. Because of the nature of nature (pun intended :-) ) composition can get a bit tricky. Neighboring plants infringing on the edges, a flower in a corner turned the wrong way, or leaves half hidden at the outskirts of the frame. These types of things can often detract from the subject or it can help pull the eye back in.

The broad leaves and small white flowers (sorry I know little of plants and less of their names) on the right edge of the frame has the potential to pull the viewer's eye up and out, but the use of subtle vignetting to lower the contrast on the edges really helps keep interest and drawing the viewer back into the image. Likewise the two half hidden leaves at left. Not strong enough to distract but enough to pull back in. Had they been full leaves you would have had competing subjects.

There is a lot that can be done with this scene. I have a preference for getting in closer so I would have cropped the two leaves at left completely out. But that is fully a subjective move on my part. However, that tighter crop would diminish that overall texture I mentioned in my opening statement and defeated that point of view. Such is art.

Nicely presented.

Re: Coleus,, Caladium and others

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:14 pm
by Psjunkie
Enjoyable image Bob, not much for me to add to the conversation....

Re: Coleus, Caladium and others

Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:26 am
by St3v3M
The processing gives it a three-dimensional feel, but I like most this for its calming effect! S-

Re: Coleus, Caladium and others

Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:45 pm
by Bob Yankle
St3v3M wrote:The processing gives it a three-dimensional feel, but I like most this for its calming effect! S-


Thank you Steve. This is probably the busiest image I have ever rendered in black and white, but it turned out as one of my favorites.

Re: Coleus, Caladium and others

Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:37 pm
by St3v3M
Bob Yankle wrote:Thank you Steve. This is probably the busiest image I have ever rendered in black and white, but it turned out as one of my favorites.

Keep them coming! S-