Pansies--Yellow One...

Pansies--Yellow Ones On Black Background  


Larry Leonard
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May 21, 2019 8:46 pm  

Do you have any thoughts on which image you prefer? I prefer the white background because I have certain printing interests/goals.

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Lloyd Bloom
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Posts: 308
May 21, 2019 10:55 pm  

This is a striking composition in both version.

While I generally like (and use) white backgrounds, the black version works better for me.  But, part of that might be the processing.  The colors are more saturated on the black-background image.  At first, I thought might just be an illusion due to the contrast with black, but when looking at both images side-by-side and looking mainly at the middle flower, I think that is correct.  Let me know if I am right.  Also, the processing brought out some spots on some of the petals (e.g. the ones at 2:00 and 10:30).

That then begs the question:  How would the white-background image fare with more contrast?  Or, maybe even less?

Wish I could see the final printed version(s).


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May 23, 2019 11:55 am  

I like the black background far better than the white.  It makes the flowers the center-piece of the image.  The 255 white background distracts from the image and hurst the eyes on computer screens because they are back=lit and there is too much brightness in the background.  I am sure the white background is very effective for your purposes of bringing out the texture of the paper you're printing on.  Outside of prints, for web/screen presentation, I prefer the black background.  Also, you could put in a dark texture in the background too - it doesn't have to be 0 black.


John Motzi
Joined: 3 years ago
Posts: 269
May 23, 2019 11:57 am  

Hi Larry,

I also think that both are quite beautiful.  I slightly prefer the white because it gives the appearance of a drawing/illustration style.