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Pink Dogwood flowers by Dick States

September 2020 - Pink Dogwood flowers

About the Image(s)

Shot this last spring. The tree was growing on a neighbors property. This is a 11 image Helicon stack. Taken at f-8 ISO 200 , 1/3 sec. exposure. Tripod, cable release, polarizer. Passing note, I usually never shoot in full sunlight. I use a diffuser if in full sun light but prefer overcast days when shooting close-ups of flowers. I also use a reflector with most of my shots. Its works as my secondary light if needed.

9 comments posted

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Dick.
Just lovely! Composition is very appealing with the diagonal lean that called for a horizontal presentation. Wonderfully sharp with lots of detail. Especially like the detail in the lower leaves as it gives them equal attention with the blossoms.
A beautiful image.

  Posted: 09/07/2020 12:40:35

Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Hi Dick,
This image elicits a sense of peace and calm for me. I can imagine the soft textures of the petals. I admire the rich details and color tonality which add to the beautiful sharpness of the image. The diagonal composition seems dynamic and I was pleased to see evidence of the stems (branches) because it gives the blooms a foundation complemented by the slight vignetting. My eye is drawn to the center flower that is bathed in soft light and the position of the two behind it to suggest a feeling of playfulness. Thank you for sharing this beauty!   Posted: 09/08/2020 10:48:04

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
(Groups 35 & 52)
I passing through from groups 35 and 52 and your image caught my eye. I think you have done an excellent job with the focus stacking. All three blooms appear to be sharp. The background bokeh is lovely in my opinon. I am curious about the lens you used. Macro or zoom and what focal length?   Posted: 09/10/2020 15:58:38
Dick States   Dick States
Nice you took the time to stop by and make your comments. I invested in a Nikon 200mm macro lens several years ago and that's about the only lens I ever use now. I have a 105mm macro lens but love the working distance with the 200 and the results of the bokeh backgrounds. I manual focus all my shots. I do a lot of focus stacking and most of my photography is close-up photography. Thanks for stopping by.   Posted: 09/10/2020 19:34:04

Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
(Group 5)
I share the sentiments of the other members. This is a fabulous image of a simple subject. I have been doing some focus stacking recently and find that Photoshop meets my needs. Do you have a particular reason for using Helicon Focus?   Posted: 09/11/2020 10:11:43
Dick States   Dick States
I have no reason for using Helicon Focus other than that's what I have. There are others out there and some will give you a free trial. Adobe Photoshop is suppose to be good with a free trial. Helicon Focus will give you a free-to-try program. There is a bit of a learning curve. I really enjoy doing stacks but I do both stacks and single shots. I tend to use stacks most of the time. If you go back through the different images I have used over the months most are stacks. Thanks for stopping by.   Posted: 09/12/2020 08:54:10

Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
Lovely image. I like the balance you created with the placement of the 3 flowers. I agree with the other commentators about the emotion or feeling that is created. Is there a vignetting used? The reason I ask is the top part of the top two flowers are a little darker, which may have been intentional. Did you try where the 3 flowers were a similar brightness?   Posted: 09/13/2020 19:12:05
Dick States   Dick States
Hi Tracy, Thanks for your comments and questions.
I did use a vignette. The vignette may be too large and I may have darkened it a little too much. It depends what kind of a look you are after. The stems were a little over powering so I wanted to down play them so not to draw too much attention to them. I do feel they are an important element in the composition but wanted to present them as a minor element and help anchor the image. The stems are also important I feel, to help bring your eye into the image. The vignette also caused the bottom single flower to become the main focal point in the image leaving the other two as minor support but important elements in the composition. I hope this explains what I did and why and how a emotion was created.   Posted: 09/14/2020 08:51:56

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Gorgeous photo, fantastic composition. I love the clarity, and the soft darkening around the edges. Very artistic!   Posted: 09/20/2020 14:26:57


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