Alison McMahan  


Goodbye Card by Alison McMahan

June 2020 - Goodbye Card

June 2020 - Alison McMahan

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June 2020 - Alison McMahan

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June 2020 - Alison McMahan

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About the Image(s)

I still haven't had much time to get out and take pictures. We are busy packing to move, we will move at the end of this month. I did try to do something flowers again. Someone gave me flowers for Mother's day. I let them sit for weeks until they dried out. In a webinar for taking pictures of flowers, I learned that with an app I could turn my ipad into a lightbox. So I got that app and photographed the flowers. I was trying to imitate some the approaches in this article: https://www.digitalfieldguide.com/faqs/faq-photographing-flowers-for-transparency . I listened to a webinar by Jackie Kramer about her process. I tried to emulate it. You can see what I was trying to do here: https://www.luvblooms.com/blog . Her images looks simple but in fact they are very hard to emulate.

I went out and took pictures of patterns around where I live, then I superimposed the flowers onto this patterns of leaves in water, then I modified the image by playing with effects sliders in photoshop. The background picture ended up looking kind of strange.

I decided that it would make a good background. So I combined the two images in Canva, I think of it as a "Goodbye card" to this place where I've lived for thirteen years.

I totally did not achieve a "phlorography" style picture but my final "goodbye card" is suitable for posting on social media when I make the general announcement that I am moving, I guess. What I've learned from this is that I have to get a lot more practice at selecting and blending in Photoshop.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IIII, lens: 50mm f/1.8 USM, 1/60 sec; f/2.8; ISO 400; aperture priority spot metering for the flowers on the lightbox


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8 comments posted

Anne Nettles   Anne Nettles
What a fun, creative image! I really like this and it is kind of like a photo collage. Using dried up flowers makes it even more interesting. I think the dried flowers could also stand on their own without the background. Thanks for posting the link.   Posted: 06/07/2020 14:04:02
Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Thank you so much, Anne! I might use the flowers on their own online, and maybe print this image for change of address cards or something. Or save it for the August poetry event, where people write poems on postcards they've made and send it to strangers. Who knows. I still have "lockdown" brain and feel my photographic creativity is in hibernation. Maybe once we've moved it will return....   Posted: 06/07/2020 14:58:23

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Alison. What a wonderful way to remember your Mothers Day flowers! I think you have been very creative with them. I find the two white triangles very bright and wonder what the image would look like if you picked the yellow/brown colour from the petals of the middle flower instead.
I wish you the best of luck for your big move!   Posted: 06/08/2020 06:11:41
Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Julie, that is a good idea, I will try that.   Posted: 06/13/2020 08:35:28

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
Very creative and colorful! Personally, I like the dried flowers alone. That's just my opinion. Good luck with your move!   Posted: 06/08/2020 06:21:30

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Alison, congratulations on trying a complicated process when you are busy getting ready to move! I like the colors, I like the concept.

Now, when you have moved and are settled in (which will be months I am sure), some things to try further this concept: the light box flowers: try selecting out the flowers and put in a muted, colored background layer below them. The top right and bottom left white areas don't seem to add anything so leave them out. Try blending the background and the foreground flowers together so they are not so stark.

Light box: another light box is to go to a light fixture store, get a florescent ceiling fixture, 4x8, or smaller, attach a power cord and place it on the floor or a table with the light facing up. The cost should be $50-100.

The background you created I really like.

So now you have a continuing project when you are trapped inside.   Posted: 06/15/2020 11:30:11

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I hope your move is going well.

This is a most unusual format but I think it's great, really gets the attention and works well. I am sure it would make a great farewell card.   Posted: 06/25/2020 09:34:07

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
Love this. I really like all three. I think all three layers work on their own as well. Really nice.
Good luck with your move!   Posted: 06/25/2020 15:47:50