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 here)

Of course, floral images aren’t everyone’s cup of tea 😉

D300_130618_093221__DSC6928 nx wbdl cepseplum25-2

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 right) 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


Shot indoors

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

D300_130618_093221__DSC6928 nx wbdl cepseplum25-1


Subscribe (see sidebar) and don’t miss anything. New posts daily.

  • No sidebar? Click here or the blog title at the top of this page.

Another option – Click on the “Follow” button at the bottom right of the screen.

  • Or – “Follow” in your admin bar, displayed at the top of the screen, for logged-in WordPress.com users.


2 thoughts on “High Key + Selective Focus = Soft “Echoes”

  1. Hi Ed,

    You’ve so very generous with information, I’m wondering if I can ask you’re advise. I’m not printing and framing pieces for sale. Wondering if you have any marketing tips, either for getting into galleries or other venues to sell work F2F, or online.

    Also wondering if your newsletters have generated sales for you.



    • Sandi, I am an amateur. More so, I rarely ever sell my work – when I do it’s at cost (for example, I put the image up on my SmugMug gallery & leave it there for a week for the buyer to purchase it direct from SmugMug. If you look at Apples iBookstore, you’ll see that my books are free). Ditto, I don’t charge for speaking or leading workshops (except I expect my room & meals to be covered).

      If you haven’t noticed it’s difficult for even the pro’s to earn decent $$ in photography these days. I do what I do for the love & the fun of photography – nothing more. Being retired, gives me the time for my post-retirement hobby.

      Sorry I can’t be of any more help.

Comments are closed.