One Photo Focus: December 2015

My second contribution to the After-Before Friday Forum coincides with the monthly One Photo Focus. This requires all participants to edit the same image, which in this case has been provided by Julie Powell at Julie Powell Photography. Here is the original:

Julie Powell December One Photo FOcus

…and here is my edited version:


Herewith my rationale for the changes I made:

  • Cropped for balance, to put the flower itself at the centre of the picture
  • Darkened the background, to remove as much as possible that could distract from the subject. I also finished this off with a Lightroom pre-set Light Vignette
  • Adjusted the tone curve to soften the white in the petals (Clarity -24) and also bring out detail in the water drops on the right-hand side (Vibrance +30)
  • Most radically, I changed the colour at the centre of the image as the original yellow seemed to me to be rather ‘washed-out’. I simply took down the Yellow Hue adjuster to -100, which produced this – I think – more attractive salmon-pink tone
  • Cloned over the green ‘blob’ just to the left of centre in the flower, which was another distraction

December One Photo Focus

Rule of Thirds (1)

All these images place the subject in either the left or right one-third of the image and, I think, are more effective than they would be if they were simply centred. Roll over each image for further explanation.

Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge: Rule of Thirds

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition

There are two types of transition in this image, taken outside the church at Montrol-Sénard: from buds to fully-opened flowers and from the soft focus at the rear to the much sharper front closer to the viewer.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

The life-cycle – a constant process of change – of a rose, in a single image:


Weekly Photo Challenge: Change


Presenting a monochrome image of a flower that’s at least as interesting as the original is quite challenging, since one of the main selling-points of flower photography is the colour. Hopefully, though, this picture of a couple of crocuses does the job – helped by the lead-in lines provided by the leaves.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flowers

Red Hot Poker

With an open topic from Cee for this week, I was naturally drawn to one of my favourite subjects, particularly as it’s not listed for the coming weeks.

This image is a detail from a photograph I took of a ‘Red Hot Poker’  (Kniphofia if you want to be properly botanical about it) that flowered last week.


Not that I’m a gardener by any means (that is Madame’s domain; I just cut the grass and do some of the heavy lifting) but macro photography is one of my particular interests and flowers are an inexhaustible source of subject matter

Just so you can see where it’s come from, here is the original image. Fun with Lightroom did the rest.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Open Topic

Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange

This week’s challenge asks us to feature the colour orange in a gallery. Ours not to reason why, so here are three images heavy on the orange:

1) A spectacular sunset over Beverley in Yorkshire

2) Part of the innards of a vintage tractor, taken at the display of old-time cars and agricultural machinery in Lesterps

3) All I know about this is that it’s a flower and I took the photograph in Abu Dhabi. Anybody know what it is?

(Incidentally, apart from some cropping of the second and third, there’s been no post-processing of any of these images. Which is unusual for me.)


Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

For this week’s challenge, a photograph of some seedpods of an Honesty plant (known in France as ‘monnaie du Pape’ – The Pope’s Money). I do like a bit of bokeh.

Rule of Thirds



Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone But Not Forgotten

A discarded flower, perhaps given added poignancy by the fact that it had been a buttonhole worn at a wedding I attended last summer.


Photography 101: Double

These popped up together earlier this year in a window box that had been sewn with an unspecified seed mixture.

Respecting the brief for today’s challenge, the image has been rotated 90° anti-clockwise into a landscape view, which certainly looks more compelling than the ‘as shot’ portrait mode (look at it sideways and you’ll see what I mean).