Lloyd Delaney  

Untitled by Lloyd Delaney

October 2020 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

My local photo club, fStops Camera Club, has high and low key as the assignment for this month. So, I have been exploring both techniques. The shot was taken two stops below the camera’s recommended setting in mid-morning to give it a low key effect. I like how it brings out the lavender on the edges of the flower. One normally sees this flower as bright white.

6 comments posted

Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Lloyd, I love the soft effect that low key created. I also like all the detail in the flower and the way the image "falls off" with just a hint of the leaves and stems behind it. What type of camera, lens, what aperture, iso and F stop did you use? Did you have to increase the exposure of the white part of the flower in post?
Mary   Posted: 10/04/2020 15:34:35
Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
I am glad you like the image. Here are some details: I used an Olympus EMI Mark II micro 4/3 camera. ISO 400, f 5.6 at 1/1250 second, with an Olympus 40-150 f2.8 lens. I was on Aperature control and I set the exposure adjustment to -2 stops. I adjusted the curve in Photoshop to bring up the highlights a bit and reduce the shadows a bit. I also used the brush in Lightroom to adjust the background. Normally this flower shows as a very bright white.   Posted: 10/04/2020 15:45:01

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
Lovely flower and I do like the low light effect. I like how you painted the light on the background. I see one little dark blemish that I would probably taken off. I would also like a bit more light on the high spots of the flower petals. Nice job!   Posted: 10/05/2020 16:47:49
Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
Thank you Jamie. I think the blemish you see is actually the end of the stigma. I thought about removing it until I realized it was part of the plant.   Posted: 10/06/2020 10:47:52

Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
I love this image! I obviously do not understand low and high key but whatever you did created a lovely image. I guess I thought the whole image had to light or dark.   Posted: 10/05/2020 19:04:51

Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Lloyd, I like how the light tones of the flower contrast nicely with the dark color of the leaves. Both the flower and leaves appear delicate and soft (to the touch) - which is a lovely effect. Great shot!   Posted: 10/16/2020 13:30:04


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