Floral Abstracts via High-Key Isolation

Summary – I enjoy both floral and abstract photography. What could be better than putting them both together? Here’s a small gallery with a lone Christmas cactus blossom as the star. The images illustrate the importance of subject isolation in making abstracts.

 

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Nikon D300, 75-300 lens, 1.4 X TC, Canon 500D closeup lens, circular polarizer, tripod, remote cable release, manual focus, aperture priority (plus manual EV), natural light, white backdrop

Not the greatest examples; just experimenting with techniques

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These are found abstracts (as opposed to created) 

Found are the more difficult of the two IMO

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Shot for about an hour averaging one every two minutes

Slow down; seeing takes time

Get up close; fill frame; slowly pan while changing focus

Pleasant surprises await you when doing this


To my eye, these images are abstracts

The user survey in a recent post

Suggests most viewers would agree

They were made entirely in camera (no post-processing)

Small parts of the flowers were isolated by

Using macro techniques

Coupled with camera position/angle

Those parts were isolated even further by

Using high-key exposure

2-3 stops over-exposed

Isolation is a key element in the

Making of abstract images

This is an area where

Camera technique & craftsmanship

Play an important role

Lens selection is also important

For example – Isolation with a wide-angle lens???

Very difficult

A good challenge for the interested reader


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4 thoughts on “Floral Abstracts via High-Key Isolation

    • You’re a mind reader. That’s the subject of a post later this week.

      I think B&W abstracts may represent the ultimate challenge. As I had noted earlier, emotion is an important image quality – and showing emotion in an abstract is a puzzle to me. Further, abstracts depend on color, tones, lines, shapes & texture – remove the color and you’re down to a precious few parameters to work with (unless you believe that the need to simplify will prevail – and how much simpler can one get?). Questionable emotion and zero color – wow! The bare essentials for sure.

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