Sandra Irwin  

Easter Buttercup by Sandra Irwin

April 2021 - Easter Buttercup

About the Image(s)

I took this with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, and my Canon 100 mm Macro Lens. ISO 640, f29, 3.2 sec. The whites were very, very blown out, so I did a lot of post-processing adjustments to tone them down. I also cropped.

6 comments posted

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Sandra.
Pretty rose subject you picked. The left-hand side is sharp, shows good detail and is interesting. The green of the stem you included unfortunately still leads the eye to the over bright area on the right which you worked on in post processing. In your camera you most likely have the ability to check the histogram after you have taken the shot as you then might retake the shot and be able to avoid the blown out areas.
Good try, Janet   Posted: 04/12/2021 09:12:47

Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
Hi Sandra,
Nice picture. I like the concentric curves made by the rose petals.
I agree with Janet. Instead of making post-processing to reduced the burned white area of the rose, you should have tested various ways to position your light sources, install white cardboards and so on. You had a great chance of controlling your light sources, even light temperatures and there are so many ways of controlling shades, brightness, texture with light. I am sure you would enjoy making again this same picture with different light settings.
But this flower is an excellent subject, well positioned to enhance its patterns and texture.   Posted: 04/12/2021 10:15:07

Dick States   Dick States
Hi Sandra,
This is such a delicate flower and delicate color. I agree with the other comments. Not sure I care so much with the location of the stem in the upper right corner taking my eye out of the image and not the normal location of the stem. Its so important to check the histogram after you have taken a shot to make sure nothing is blown out. When something is blown out there is nothing you can do in post. In these areas, that are blown out, there is no information to work with so they can't be fixed. Beautiful subject.   Posted: 04/12/2021 13:13:44

Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Hi, Sandra,
I love seeing this delicate rose and I think the capture of the soft pastel is lovely. I like the petal details and textures that are revealed in the left portion of the flower. I, too, associate this gorgeous subject with Easter!

As you explained, the blown out whites are problematic. I agree with the comments about checking the histogram and Dick's concern about the green stem leading my eye away from the subject. Also, I noticed how the direct light hitting the bloom, coming into the frame from camera right, casts a shadow into the opposite side of the rose. I've struggled with this and try to remember to have some diffusion material ( or a diffuser) in my camera in case I need to soften the direct light, but then bounce some light back to remove or lessen shadows. Hope this idea is helpful.   Posted: 04/12/2021 16:26:54
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Thank you all for your helpful comments. I have a fractured vertebrae, and after taking a series of shots with different apertures, standing behind the tripod, I was hurting so much I couldn't continue even though I could see in the computer I was in deep trouble. I had to take some medication and stay sitting down. You are all totally correct, and next time I'll check the histogram after the very first shot!   Posted: 04/18/2021 12:46:41
Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Sandra, I'm so sorry to learn of your injury. All the best for a speedy and full recovery.   Posted: 04/18/2021 14:07:54


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