Bunny Laden  

Snapdragon Dreams by Bunny Laden

August 2019 - Snapdragon Dreams

About the Image(s)

I recently attended the PSA webinar by Charles Needles on creative and macro photography. This image is the result of applying his 'capture through' technique by using a telephoto lens, positioning some flowers in front of the lens, and then focusing on a distant flower. I captured over 100 images using a variety of flowers, and this is the one that I thought came out best. I’d love to hear your impression of the image.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 (mirco four-thirds system)
Lens: Lumix G Vario 45-200 /f4.0-5.6
Settings: f 8.0. 1/200 sec ISO 400 200 mm
Post processing: Lightroom, adjusted the highlight setting

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
Bunny, I just love this image. It is delicate in feel, bold in color and the snapdragons are well focused. I really think the play of light on the flowers is part of what makes this image so powerful. WELL DONE!   Posted: 08/02/2019 19:01:29

Bogdan Bricelj   Bogdan Bricelj
Bunny, I attended the same webinar, but I haven't realise it in praxis.
The image is sharp and colorful. Just black in background seems me a little distraction. But I don't know, whether you can change it in this technique.   Posted: 08/06/2019 16:33:42
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Bogdan, It was a good seminar. The background is dark green. The snapdragon was sitting several feet in front of a pine tree. I chose that because I thought it helped the snapdragon to "pop." But yes, it is possible to choose a different background. I have yet to experiment, but I do plan on it.   Posted: 08/06/2019 16:58:51

Joan Funk   Joan Funk
The flower looks beautiful, set in an image with a soft, multi-colored background. I would prefer to have the light whitish circles to the left of the flower removed, but that may not be possible.   Posted: 08/14/2019 16:23:07

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
That is a clever way to make a compatible background. The in-focus flower might be better with softer lighting. As is it contrasts the blurred background and that is good.   Posted: 08/14/2019 23:51:44

Kathleen Sims   Kathleen Sims
I think your flowers are great as shot... you just need to crop out the left side so your flowers fill the frame. There is too much wasted space on the left that does not help to improve the composition. With flowers it is popular to use this soft technique. The lighting does not have to be even,in
fact, it forces us to moves our eyes all over the flower. Great image.   Posted: 08/15/2019 13:02:34

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Great shot of a flower. The image is sharp with nice colors. There is lot of negative space in the image. I think a vertical composition may look better and give importance to the flower. I tried to crop the left side and positioned the flower in the center.   Posted: 08/16/2019 01:53:36
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