- this will be a perfect image to use for a digital montage composition as the ground base…reflecting the image horizontally several times will create an interesting expanse and serve as a backdrop for animating floral macros
- starting to work with flowing water in order to understand it’s behavior and determine the way in which I prefer to photograph it moving forward
- photographed this dense lavender rose in late afternoon on our front terrace against the (intentionally) painted green shingles & a dense birch tree filtered sun
This is the same rose photographed in studio against a Slim Light Plano lightbox which makes it very easy to capture a nearly white background suitable for animating.
These orchids, from White Plains Orchids, also will be suitable for animating against, perhaps a video capture of a waterfall.
First saw this species at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens over 10 years ago & have been intrigued & obsessed w/it ever since…so it’s great that my neighbor, Jean, planted a vine that is thriving:) Passion Flowers grow on climbing vines..during their blooming season, the flowers start to open slowly…some varieties open later in the day and then close at night. So each day is a surprise. She had just watered the vine with an old fashioned large round sprinkler head. I just love photographing this flower.
For several years I’ve been thinking about animating flowers against moving water…the digital montage has always fascinated me. Historically, when photographing on location, I stop down the aperture, get close, and isolate the subject against the existing environment. My neighbor has a beautiful plant in bloom right now. However, this project requires a different approach and the challenge increases as the complexity of the flower increases. I have been building a library of my favorite “isolated” flowers and it’s time to include the passion flower. These were made on location and I placed a piece of white paper behind the plant. Next step may well be to ask my neighbor if I can snip one to bring home. To be continued.
Starting to enjoy working with CaptureOne and can’t wait to do the daily edit:
1. rather intense & subjective color edit of hue & saturation for greens & yellows
2. brought up the shadows & blacks with a modest amount of healing on a layer
3. love luma curve to bring down the hotspots – subtle mask
4. dodged shadows from nikon macro twin flash -subtle mask
5. adjusted program settings of the FOCUS MASK so it was a tad more “generous”. The lip and central column are not on the same plane, so it is necessary to stop down because I prefer both parts, if framed in camera, to be in focus.
The CaptureOne controls are very responsive. Love working with this program…it took me about 7 weeks to start feeling comfortable:)
This paph was in pretty bad shape with brown aging spots around the edges (left only a few to hint at the integrity of this specimen) and tons of microscopic debris which I really dislike…so a roundtrip to to Photoshop was required.
This took tons of work at 200% magnification.
Then, took a shortcut and ran a hi pass PS filter to sharpen up only my favorite parts of the blossom and put another dodge layer to even out the flash shadows a bit more…next visit will adjust the powers setting and try some extra diffusion.
This is the original .nef file w/o any adjustment…can’t believe I have the courage to post this:
I’ve always liked the effect of a sketch transforming into a full-color image…
what do you think?