Stuart Ord  


Berries by Stuart Ord

December 2019 - Berries

About the Image(s)

How I did it

A cold and frosty but sunny morning got me outside looking for photos today. I had two sessions, one taking with a bounced flash off a home-made reflector, and one taking stacks. The best of the stacks will have to wait until next month.

I found a tree in the garden with ivy on it, and took photos of its berries. This was a single frame, with flash, manually exposed to darken the background. I had to adjust it and darken the background further with Affinity as it was still a bit dark on the main berries and as the subject I wanted them to be clear from the background.

Olympus OMD-E-M1ii, Olympus 60mm macro lens, f14, 1/20 sec, ISO 200, Olympus flash.


1 comment posted

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Excellent detail, especially with f14! I don't know if I could have stood around in the cold to do stacks, so a single image would have to do it for me, too.

I found that the flash produced a lot of hot spots on the berries which were distracting, as were the yellow buds around the berries. You might consider adding some sort of diffusion to your flash set up to minimize those hot spots in the future.

I added a slight blur and darkening to everything but the berries, than did some frequency separation to correct the worst of the hotspots. What do you think?   Posted: 12/14/2019 13:04:59
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