Henry Roberts  

Yellow Lilly Composite by Henry Roberts

June 2020 - Yellow Lilly Composite

June 2020 - Henry Roberts


About the Image(s)

How I did it:

The outdoor weather was not cooperating so I took a cut flower, placed it in a Lastolite cubelite lightbox (white nylon semi-opaque) and took a series of photos varying the focus point from front to back in the living room in natural window and skylight lighting. Then I tried focus stacking in PS CC but wasn’t pleased with the result and went into Helicon Focus where I achieved a better result. In PS CC I applied: filter>stylize>trace>contour and played with different variations. Finally I took several variations converted to layers and combined them to get the final result, a composite of varying colors. The result isn’t a classical composition but it was fun playing in the PS filters which have lots of possibilities. I used my Canon 5DSr and Canon EF 100mm F2.8L macro lens at F8 tripod mounted, mirror lockup, electronic cable release.

What do you think and what would you do differently?

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

Brad Becker   Brad Becker
Henry, I am enjoying seeing your evolving vision with plant still lives. I think you've nailed it on this one with respect to cropping, positioning and size. You are mastering your craft. Keep experimenting!   Posted: 06/06/2020 13:20:55
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Thanks Brad for your supportive comments.

Henry   Posted: 06/18/2020 08:45:10

Kathy Triolo   Kathy Triolo
Henry, I'm with Brad in that I enjoy your experimentation! You put together images and colors that wouldn't occur to me and I am always delighted with your splash of brights!   Posted: 06/07/2020 21:49:44
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Thanks Kathy, this photography is fun!   Posted: 06/18/2020 08:46:21

Lisa Nathan   Lisa Nathan
Henry, fun textures on this image. I wish the front petal or leaf was sharper but that's just my thought, not that there is anything wrong with it. Nice work.   Posted: 06/10/2020 21:49:48
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Thanks Lisa, yes a sharper frontal flower would be better.   Posted: 06/18/2020 08:48:06

Maryellen Bauer   Maryellen Bauer
I love the textures and the colors. Thank you so much for explaining your process. Very interesting.   Posted: 06/11/2020 12:31:28
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Thanks Maryellen,

Henry   Posted: 06/18/2020 08:49:01

Jan Lightfoot   Jan Lightfoot
Henry, I love this! It's a great abstract and I like the randomness in how you put it together. The shapes and color palette are really nice. Simple and creative. One suggestion: there is a lot of similar texture in the dark green leaves and the gray background, and the textures seem to run together. Below is your image after running it through Topaz Denoise AI. I think it helps to separate the leaves from the background.   Posted: 06/15/2020 23:39:37
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Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Thanks Jan. I have Topaz Denoise and will have to start experimenting with it.   Posted: 06/18/2020 08:51:41