thinking about the next project…

Clockwise from left:
  • 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

    recipeThis 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.

Getting ready for animation…

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.

day 5 – practice CaptureOne


for the next 12 days, will post a new CaptureOne Practice Edit…the short term goal is to see significant progress in working with this exciting program…

#5 – (above) layers allow significant in program control (in this case – masking, opacity, color balance & color edit adjustments). This version has much more even color in a small area of an unfurled petals of this beautiful rose in Peggy Rockefeller’s Rose Garden at The New York Botanical Gardens.

I needed to go into Photoshop to repair a very damaged petal on the lower right and in retrospect might leave it untouched in a future exercise.


I was unable to adjust the lower right damaged petal in Lightroom (directly above)  and could not even out the color in the slightly unfurled petal in the middle left.  As the days go by, I am becoming more comfortable and pleased with the superior results of working in CaptureOne.