Sam Fernando, QPSA  

Three tulips by Sam Fernando, QPSA

February 2021 - Three tulips

February 2021 - Sam Fernando, QPSA


About the Image(s)

This photo was taken during my trip to a garden in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia a couple of months ago.

Photo details are as follows:
Camera: 5D Mark 4
Lens: Canon 24-105
Focal length: 60 mm
Exposure: 1/200 Sec, f/9, ISO 200
Mode: Manual
Metering: Spot metering

Not much editing was done here. I cropped the photo and darkened the background. Also removed a few color patches around.

5 comments posted

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Sam, good to hear that you're getting to photograph Spring tulips in bloom (our Autumn). You did a lot of work cleaning up the background and making a tight crop. The dew droplets on the vertical pink tulip and the veins on that petal are exceptional. I like your use of light on the pink tulip. The orange and yellow tulip didn't make it into the spotlight. If that was your intent, great.
If you are not familiar with it, look up "focus stacking" on YouTube. It's a great way to get all the tulips in focus by taking at least 3 different focal lengths from the same position. The software selects the sharpest pixels of all images and merges them. It works! On your next trip to the garden, carry a flashlight and try "light-painting" the shadows on the right and left. Jim   Posted: 02/09/2021 08:30:45

Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Sam great job darkening the background and cropping tightly on the three tulips. I love the clarity of the water droplets on the center pink tulip and the rich colors of the pedals. With your title of "Three Tulips" I would have expected all three tulips to be sharply in focus. With only the center pink tulip in focus my eyes are drawn there, and the other two tulips are just there to frame the center one. I would suggest cropping tighter on the center pink tulip to emphasis that this is the main subject. See my edited photo.   Posted: 02/12/2021 14:06:07
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Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando
Good idea Thorro. Thanks   Posted: 02/14/2021 19:38:21

John Tabaczynski   John Tabaczynski
Sam, The water droplets along with backlight introduce drama into the image. Getting rid ov the background was an important step and you did that well. However, I agree with Jim that this image needs to have all three nelements in sharp focus. Jim indicated using different focal lengths from the same position, but I think he meant to say three separate focus points from the same location. Those three images could be focus stacked in PS and they would produce an image in which all three tulips and their droplets would sparkle. I would also use some fill light on the front side. You could use a white piece of mat board, or a fill flash set very low to clean up the shadow colors. Right now they appear very muddy. Tab

  Posted: 02/13/2021 16:01:59

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
I pretty much agree by the others' comments. I think, however, you have a much better composition in your "original" version. I think if you would take your original lighten the background slightly and crop the partial tulips on the left and the tulip on the left, you would have a more interesting photograph. You have made a beautifully executed photo of three flowers, but there are millions of well executed photos of flowers. The vision you had with the mysterious flower-like objects is your artistic stamp on the scene.   Posted: 02/14/2021 14:22:58


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