High Key + Selective Focus = Soft “Echoes”
I don’t yearn to visit photo icons
Half Dome at Yosemite for example
Apart from checking the “been there, done that” box
There’s nothing new; all done millions of times
Fortunately, my tastes run to the simple side
Give me some flowers + my camera & I’m happy
I’ve seen far fewer images like this next one than
Half Dome, Grand Tetons, NY Skyline,….
or – Yet another snow-capped mountain
reflected in a lake (they all look the same to me)
Of course, floral images aren’t everyone’s cup of tea ;-)
LOOK at ME!! and me, and me
To attract a viewer’s attention
If one abstract flower isn’t enough
How about an echo?
If one echo’s not enough, how about another?
I started without the lower lily
Making this image –
Exposure – increased exposure compensation
Until the white background was blown out
Then a bit more until “blinkies” appeared on the flowers
Then – backed off 1/3 stop
Result was + 1.7 EV
Focus – Shot with a macro lens & 1.4X teleconverter
This combo gave a paper-thin depth of field
Distance from nearest flower (with water drop) to the
Farthest (upper left) was several inches
Wide open aperture made the upper just a colored blob
I shot this at f/11, 22, 32 & 45
Wanted to see the effect first hand
The above is the f/45 version
Composition – the key to the result IMO; I wanted
To fill the frame (no cropping, thanks)
More or less even spacing between the
Closest parts of each flower to the next
No overlap or touching
More or less equal distance from the frame and
Water drop from side & bottom
Upper flower from top
This took a lot of “fiddling” & reshooting
Post-processing – almost none
A very little color contrast adjustment
Using Color Efex Pro’s Contrast Color Range filter
Natural light, tripod, circular polarizer, white background
A preference ?
First one or this one?
I like the eye movement better on the 1st one
This one is how it was shot
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