Donna Sturla  


High-Key Flowers by Donna Sturla

May 2020 - High-Key Flowers

About the Image(s)

I picked these flowers - not sure what they are -- and taped them upside down at a window upstairs in my home. I increased the exposure by a stop and photographed with my Nikon D7000, lens Sigma 17-70, shot at 62 mm ISO 100, 1/10 second at F 13.

Then in Photoshop I rotated them and added a layer mask to get rid of as much gray area as I could, and created this. I was really happy with it, my first high-key flower attempt. Please do offer positive criticism !


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16 comments posted

Lori Azevedo
They are lovely. I really like the transparency of the petals. They look like camellias.   Posted: 05/04/2020 16:32:47
Donna Sturla   Donna Sturla
Thank you . I am pretty sure they're not camellias, they grow on a shrub that's much smaller. Everything here is starting to dry up if it's wild, this one was planted at a retirement home and I got royally chewed out for stepping on to their property -- and NO one was outside when I picked them. Bad idea, I guess. Everyone is scared..   Posted: 05/04/2020 16:35:04
Lori Azevedo
I'm trying not to laugh thinking of you sneaking a couple of flowers. I got a warning from Dept of Fish and Game for taking a photo at the lake. They thought I was fishing. Cameras don't like water.
  Posted: 05/04/2020 17:57:30
Donna Sturla   Donna Sturla
That's funny ! Made me laugh, too !
I emailed you, not sure if you got it, asking you to describe what happens when you try to post your profile. Can you email that to me? Then I'll send it to our Webmaster.
If you already sent it, I'll check my junk mail, lots of things end up in there .Thanks !   Posted: 05/05/2020 04:01:15

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67 & 89)
STOP THIEF!!!!!!


I have always been a sucker for this type of High Key image. You have done this in a masterly fashion. I could look at this all day. In a bright room with a view of the outdoors this should be printed large and framed. It is beautiful.

I can't even suggest how to improve on perfection.   Posted: 05/05/2020 09:26:43
Donna Sturla   Donna Sturla
Awww, thank you. It was a total experiment! I took an online class on Photographing Flora and it really taught me some cool ideas.   Posted: 05/08/2020 20:06:17
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67 & 89)
Would you care to share information about the course? Is it still available?   Posted: 05/09/2020 08:34:59
Donna Sturla   Donna Sturla
Bryan Peterson School of Photography - BPSOP.com, I think.
The classes start each month and this one was Photographing Flora, by Patrik and Monika Banas. Check it out !   Posted: 05/09/2020 15:51:38
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67 & 89)
Thanks. I'll check it out.   Posted: 05/09/2020 17:57:13

Diana Duffey   Diana Duffey
Donna, just beautiful! I also can't stop looking at them. I will have to look into BPSOP course.   Posted: 05/14/2020 07:50:28
Donna Sturla   Donna Sturla
I've enjoyed all of them, do it. Let me know how it goes. The next ones will probably start June 1.   Posted: 05/14/2020 16:15:57
Diana Duffey   Diana Duffey
Donna, I signed up for the course. It starts June 6th. Can't wait. Thanks for the info.   Posted: 05/14/2020 16:26:17
Donna Sturla   Donna Sturla
Great ! Will look forward to seeing some of your works of art !   Posted: 05/14/2020 16:32:13

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
(Group 81)
Absolutely stunning!!! Wish I could take something that good. Keep trying but with little success.
I will have to have a look at that course!!!   Posted: 05/15/2020 10:22:53

Rich Krebs   Rich Krebs
Beautiful image that is sharp, great detail and is different than most flower images. The flowers might look better with some exposure reduction, but not much . The petals look almost transparent. Great image though.   Posted: 05/15/2020 14:27:39
Donna Sturla   Donna Sturla
Thanks, Rich. I did create another version with the petals a bit lighter, but I did it after posting this one. Good eye !   Posted: 05/15/2020 14:48:11