Brenda Monahan  

Upclose and personal with a Gerber Daisy by Brenda Monahan

August 2019 - Upclose and personal with a Gerber Daisy

August 2019 - Brenda Monahan


About the Image(s)

I took this using a macro lens extension tube. As I don't have any soccer to shoot, I thought I would play a bit with macrophotography. I went to the florist and bought some flowers I thought would be fun to get up close to. I played with the saturation and lowered the shadows, highlights, blacks, and whites.

Canon 70D; Canon EF85mm with macro extension tube; ISO 100;
f5.6; 1.6"; tripod.

10 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Brenda, I bought a gerber in a little pot at the beginning of spring to practice what you just did. Unfortunately, I let it die before I ever took the first shot. I like the way the front section of the flower is basically in focus with it leading to a blur in the back section. Since the very bottom is not in focus, may I suggest that you crop the lower part off to begin the image at a point where it is sharp. I then think the viewer's eye would start there and and have an easy flow to the back section. Beautiful colors.   Posted: 08/02/2019 16:03:36
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Hi Shirley,

I actually bought a loose bouquet and tried to get pictures of several types of flowers, but this one was my favorite. I just loved seeing the pollen in between the petals.

I cropped it and I agree that it looks better. Not perfect, but better.   Posted: 08/05/2019 07:51:30
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Laurie Meriwether   Laurie Meriwether
Nice shot Brenda. I agree that you could crop it at the bottom a bit more. I also think that the saturated colors are more pleasing in the original. I'm trying to increase my f stop a little when shooting macro on a tripod.   Posted: 08/04/2019 10:39:34
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you!

I've been trying different f-stops to see what works best for the lighting and subject. It's fun experimenting!   Posted: 08/05/2019 07:57:43

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Very nice blend of texture, shapes, color saturation and selective focusing; so its hard to recommend cropping, but would prefer the original and come in slightly from the left.   Posted: 08/04/2019 14:19:55
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you, Piers.

I think I capture the crop you recommend.   Posted: 08/05/2019 07:59:29
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Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Yes! Now I see leading lines to the central focus in the background. Piers   Posted: 08/05/2019 09:23:20
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Excellent. Thank you for the guidance!   Posted: 08/05/2019 09:48:06

Bob Glennan   Bob Glennan
Good choice of color edit. If to avoid cropping out unfocused areas, maybe next try stacking images to push it though front to back in focus. Of course, I would never disagree with a photog's choice to put in the desirable depth of field! ;) Nice image!   Posted: 08/05/2019 20:13:26
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you, Bob. I do want to learn to stack images. Haven't quite gotten there yet with my editing.   Posted: 08/05/2019 20:25:55


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