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.

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14 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

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

Hung Phan   Hung Phan
As for me I like your picture with nice color.
Can you allow me to crop like this.Thanks.   Posted: 08/19/2019 22:44:32
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Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
That looks kind of cool!   Posted: 08/20/2019 06:22:00

Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
I think Hung took care of the out-of-focus areas by the exaggerated vignetting he employed. And I agree with the comments the others have expressed.   Posted: 08/20/2019 10:31:39
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you, Harry.   Posted: 08/20/2019 12:59:51