Paul's Photo of the Month

A forum where members can post their favourite image taken each month. (This forum was originally created for a set of monthly challenges to which the earlier posts relate.)
Iggy
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Re: Paul's Photo of the Month

Postby Iggy » Mon 28 Jun 2021, 12:24

Hi Paul,
Nice and colourful.
Are the petals placed on your LED light panel, or just lit by the panel?
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Paul Heester
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Re: Paul's Photo of the Month

Postby Paul Heester » Tue 29 Jun 2021, 08:21

Hi Iggy

I placed the panel on the floor and put the petals and rose on top. There was ambient light in the room but the panel does help shine through petals to get a translucent effect. The Clematis shot was with the panel upright though.

Iggy wrote:Hi Paul,
Nice and colourful.
Are the petals placed on your LED light panel, or just lit by the panel?
Kind regards,
Iggy
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Re: Paul's Photo of the Month

Postby Paul Heester » Sat 24 Jul 2021, 13:47

Here is July's image, taken at Wally's lovely BBQ. I used a Lensbaby Composer Pro, which Ive found gives nice bokeh and suits flower photography.

ImagePollen by Paul Heester, on Flickr
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Re: Paul's Photo of the Month

Postby Paul Heester » Sat 28 Aug 2021, 14:21

Been low on inspiration lately so this was a snapshot of a sunhat that didnt get much use over this summer :)

ImageSummer Hat by Paul Heester, on Flickr
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Re: Paul's Photo of the Month

Postby Iggy » Tue 31 Aug 2021, 11:46

Hi Paul,
Good to see that you are still posting your POTM which is an encouragement to us all.
We have 4 weeks to shoot our September images, which I haven't given any thought to yet.
Also need to think about the next TPR set in PhotoSharing.

Your sunhat is another interesting image featuring texture.
In some ways similar to your lovely feather images.
This one could possibly benefit from contrast adjustments of the crown which is perhaps a little on the light side??
Just a tad really so that it still stands out from the brim.
What do you think?

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Re: Paul's Photo of the Month

Postby Paul Heester » Tue 31 Aug 2021, 14:15

Thanks for the reply Iggy. I did apply a subtle vignette which - given the square format - probably looks like the flatter part is intentionally darker, which wasnt intended. Im thinking increased contrast may just blur it all back into the same texture, although that could make it more abstract :? I may play around with it some more!

Iggy wrote:Hi Paul,
Good to see that you are still posting your POTM which is an encouragement to us all.
We have 4 weeks to shoot our September images, which I haven't given any thought to yet.
Also need to think about the next TPR set in PhotoSharing.

Your sunhat is another interesting image featuring texture.
In some ways similar to your lovely feather images.
This one could possibly benefit from contrast adjustments of the crown which is perhaps a little on the light side??
Just a tad really so that it still stands out from the brim.
What do you think?

Kind regards,
Iggy
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Re: Paul's Photo of the Month

Postby Paul Heester » Fri 24 Sep 2021, 08:55

Found another use for my light panel with this months image. I brought these home-grown tomatoes into the house, rested them on some black felt and angled my light panel around until I had pleasing light. I ended up taking numerous shots and then stacked the ones I liked and used the Lighten mode for each layer. This shows the brightest part of each shot so it looks like I had multiple light sources. Did some dodging and burning as well plus processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro.

ImageTomatoes by Paul Heester, on Flickr
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Re: Paul's Photo of the Month

Postby Paul Heester » Sat 16 Oct 2021, 16:22

No light panel this month! Found a green leaf from a creeper tree at work and decided to ignore the autumnal colours and go for the textures, which of course B&W tends to bring out. I like how its got a leathery look to it. Lit from window light with white card reflector and dodged and burnt in Silver Efex Pro 2.

ImageVeins by Paul Heester, on Flickr
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Re: Paul's Photo of the Month

Postby Iggy » Sun 17 Oct 2021, 11:50

Amazing leather look!
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Re: Paul's Photo of the Month

Postby Iggy » Sun 24 Oct 2021, 19:03

Hi Paul,
Your last two images would have done well in the Bamber Competition!
Regards,
Iggy

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