Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA  

High Key Dahlia by Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

June 2020 - High Key Dahlia

June 2020 - Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA


About the Image(s)

Since we are staying home this summer I decided to indulge in more flowers in my garden than usual. I was lucky to come across this Dahlia plant as I exited a Home Depot where I went for an emergency purchase of another item. I knew it would provide plenty of photographic opportunities for me.
I used my Canon 7D 830nm conversion camera and a Canon 100mm macro lens and an extension tube. Camera was tripod mounted. The flowers this plant is producing are actually brilliant fuscia with some yellow edges so it took some work to get the soft pastel look. I first ran it through Topaz AI deNoise, then used the color toning in the CLir Panel. I finished it with Topaz Impression Cezanne II at about 30 percent opacity. Please let me if/how this image could be improved.

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

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
Sharon this image is sublime. You have gone through various processes to achieve it and it has worked. Love the way it recedes from deeper colours at the front to paler at the back and the centre just GLOWS. The cropping is spot on and I cannot see anything else you could do to improve it. Just leave it as is. Its perfect. Anything else you do might detract. Sometimes you can overwork images. I know to my cost.   Posted: 06/10/2020 03:21:02

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
I love how you processed this! I just start growing dahlias here and hope I can photograph one before they faint away. I have photograph the first in color but now inspired to do IR versions. Wonderful, don't change a thing!   Posted: 06/11/2020 13:11:46

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
I have to admit that it takes an unusual flower close-up to make me look twice, probably because I don't know enough flowers to make a constructive comment. I do like the softness of the colors and am glad to see that someone can use CLiR and get positive results.   Posted: 06/14/2020 14:19:32

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice I liked the processing done and how you made the colors. A good idea of shooting flowers.
I would try to bring the highlights down just a bit.   Posted: 06/18/2020 15:10:40

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
Lovely colours. I am surprised that you managed to achieve such a good depth of field. Did you use focus stacking or was the depth of field achieved by taking the flower from some distance away? I like the crop which places the centre of the flower off centre in the image. Very nice.   Posted: 06/19/2020 07:23:43
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
It was a 100mm prime lens with a minimal focal distance of 8 or 9 inches. I got as close as I could. Since I did not have to worry about issues with the background I was able to stop it down to F/16, so I did not need to focus stack.   Posted: 06/19/2020 11:25:35

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
(Group 45)
Sharon, Very nice Dahlia image. I am curious about IR and I wanted to see what and how you were editing your image. Great job with the processing! I guess CLir is Topaz Clear?   Posted: 06/23/2020 13:55:33
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
IR is a lot of fun and gives me a lot of cretive options. My huband thinks it is terrible - but then he was born without an creative gene in his body something he admits). CLir is not Topaz Clear. It is a whole separate program developed by Blake Rudis and another photographer from the UK whose name I have forgotten. When you purchase it you get training program with it, but I have preferred to just learn by trial and error. I think you can just google CLir and find it, but if you can't let me know and I will send you a link via email. You should still have my email address. It hasn't changed.   Posted: 06/23/2020 15:16:24