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The Ladybird and the Rose

Post by Charles Haacker » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:08 pm

I had to check that I hadn't already presented this. It was made two months ago. I was happily focusing on the rose when my son, over my shoulder, remarked that it would be great to include the ladybug. :? What ladybug? (It was pretty dark where she was and I had not seen her at all.)

I considered a horizontal flip on this to put the rose on the left but I did not do it. I generally like a composition to be "as was." What I did do (if I recall correctly) in Lightroom was to first work the picture globally, then use a radial filter to burn down the background to better emphasize the rose, then go back with the adjustment brush to "lift" the ladybird's value. She was busily working her way up the stem. I had already chosen an aperture of f/5.0 and was focused on the center of the rose so I had no time to change anything. She's a little out of the plane of sharpest focus but I think it still works, as in you can see her. It's currently at a 4:3 but would crop nicely to a 16:9 for wallpaper. I've thought of taking it into PS and trying to shift the upper left corner down closer to the rose, or I could lift her out bodily and move her closer, but for some reason I like it this way, and I normally have little compunction about "improvements."
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Post by LindaShorey » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:12 pm

Ladybug lagniappe! I think the image has more impact because she's not center stage. Many other elements to love with this one too: depth of field, brighter light on the rose than Miss LB, clarity of the veined leaves, size difference between rose and ladybug. I truly love it, Chuck!
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Post by Duck » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:49 pm

This is definitely a wall hanger, Chuck. There is nothing here not to love with this one. It is stunning, captivating, a great study in simplicity and has a certain romance to it. Without the ladybug it would have just been another photo of another flower. The ladybug adds a nice counterpoint to the composition.

I would definitely turn this into a personal wallpaper. :thumbup:
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Post by Matt Quinn » Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:57 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:I had to check that I hadn't already presented this. It was made two months ago. I was happily focusing on the rose when my son, over my shoulder, remarked that it would be great to include the ladybug. :? What ladybug? (It was pretty dark where she was and I had not seen her at all.)

I considered a horizontal flip on this to put the rose on the left but I did not do it. I generally like a composition to be "as was." What I did do (if I recall correctly) in Lightroom was to first work the picture globally, then use a radial filter to burn down the background to better emphasize the rose, then go back with the adjustment brush to "lift" the ladybird's value. She was busily working her way up the stem. I had already chosen an aperture of f/5.0 and was focused on the center of the rose so I had no time to change anything. She's a little out of the plane of sharpest focus but I think it still works, as in you can see her. It's currently at a 4:3 but would crop nicely to a 16:9 for wallpaper. I've thought of taking it into PS and trying to shift the upper left corner down closer to the rose, or I could lift her out bodily and move her closer, but for some reason I like it this way, and I normally have little compunction about "improvements."


Yin/yang, each doing its own thing; the rose being beautiful --"Look at ME"--the bug chugging along, humming to herself, happy just to be. Very nicely done. Kudos. Matt
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Post by minniev » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:54 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:I had to check that I hadn't already presented this. It was made two months ago. I was happily focusing on the rose when my son, over my shoulder, remarked that it would be great to include the ladybug. :? What ladybug? (It was pretty dark where she was and I had not seen her at all.)

I considered a horizontal flip on this to put the rose on the left but I did not do it. I generally like a composition to be "as was." What I did do (if I recall correctly) in Lightroom was to first work the picture globally, then use a radial filter to burn down the background to better emphasize the rose, then go back with the adjustment brush to "lift" the ladybird's value. She was busily working her way up the stem. I had already chosen an aperture of f/5.0 and was focused on the center of the rose so I had no time to change anything. She's a little out of the plane of sharpest focus but I think it still works, as in you can see her. It's currently at a 4:3 but would crop nicely to a 16:9 for wallpaper. I've thought of taking it into PS and trying to shift the upper left corner down closer to the rose, or I could lift her out bodily and move her closer, but for some reason I like it this way, and I normally have little compunction about "improvements."


This is one classy shot Chuck, and in my view you've handled it quite well. I don't think she needs relocating, the balance works quite well as it is, between the tiny red ladybug with her concise form, and the more fulsome but more delicately colored rose . Your edits are gentle but work to "shape" attention. The color contrasts between the reds/pinks and greens make it a lively image.

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Post by Charles Haacker » Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:33 pm

Linda!
Duck!
Matt!
Minnie!

Thank you all so much for validating this picture! I liked it as was but you know I'm never that sure. :goon: :thanks:
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Post by davechinn » Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:35 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:I had to check that I hadn't already presented this. It was made two months ago. I was happily focusing on the rose when my son, over my shoulder, remarked that it would be great to include the ladybug. :? What ladybug? (It was pretty dark where she was and I had not seen her at all.)

I considered a horizontal flip on this to put the rose on the left but I did not do it. I generally like a composition to be "as was." What I did do (if I recall correctly) in Lightroom was to first work the picture globally, then use a radial filter to burn down the background to better emphasize the rose, then go back with the adjustment brush to "lift" the ladybird's value. She was busily working her way up the stem. I had already chosen an aperture of f/5.0 and was focused on the center of the rose so I had no time to change anything. She's a little out of the plane of sharpest focus but I think it still works, as in you can see her. It's currently at a 4:3 but would crop nicely to a 16:9 for wallpaper. I've thought of taking it into PS and trying to shift the upper left corner down closer to the rose, or I could lift her out bodily and move her closer, but for some reason I like it this way, and I normally have little compunction about "improvements."


Chuck, I had intentions to comment when you first posted, but got sidetracked and forgot. Sorry !!!

As I have mentioned before, I don't photograph flowers much any more, (but I do have some coming up in the near future) but this one has my attention because of 'Lady Bug'. Oh, so small, but adds so much to the image. Once she is discovered, she stands out so well and really, IMO, dominates the flower. Actually, to be quite honest, I love this image and possible would find it on a wall somewhere.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:46 am

davechinn wrote:Chuck, I had intentions to comment when you first posted, but got sidetracked and forgot. Sorry !!!

As I have mentioned before, I don't photograph flowers much any more, (but I do have some coming up in the near future) but this one has my attention because of 'Lady Bug'. Oh, so small, but adds so much to the image. Once she is discovered, she stands out so well and really, IMO, dominates the flower. Actually, to be quite honest, I love this image and possible would find it on a wall somewhere.
Dave

Thanks so much, Dave. I hardly ever print anything but now we are in an actual house so maybe I will start. Meanwhile, I have not yet met the flower I didn't photograph. :D (Corpse flower maybe? That one I could skip.) (N)
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Post by St3v3M » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:31 am

I really like this, it's subtle in its approach and pleasing to the eye. It's something I might see in a hotel and wonder why I didn't take it! Thank you! S-
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