Marcela Stegemueller  

Untitled by Marcela Stegemueller

October 2020 - Untitled

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I photographed this flower indoors. It was still in a vase with the other flowers. Used ambient light. I focus stacked using 16 pictures. I aligned and edited it in Photoshop. Selected the flower to put a different background.

I used 90 mm macro lens on a tripod. 1/40 sec @F/8, ISO 100. Any suggestions are welcome. After all this work, I'm not satisfied.

7 comments posted

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Lovely softness with just enough detail in the flower petals. I like the curves of the petals and the shadows. My only suggestion is to crop from the left side to eliminate the triangle of green on the bottom left.   Posted: 10/12/2020 10:25:28

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I love the light airy feel of this image. However, you may want to play with the contrast slightly just to see if you can get a little more definition in the flower. I agree with Cindy. I would crop inform the left to cut out that green triangle, but I would also crop the bottom off slightly as well.   Posted: 10/12/2020 10:36:32

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Nice image, I understand how you feel. Flowers make such great subject matter but for me also, seems like my shots never look as good as what others do. It almost looks like you may have started you focus stacking to far back, say that because the petals in front/middle don't look in focus and that's were the viewers eye wants to go. And since the back petals look good, maybe its going to take more than 16 images to get this whole thing in focus. Also, to me many of the petals look over exposured which I know can easily happen when stacking, since it's an additive process. May try purposely, underexposing each photo by 1/3 - 1/2 stop. That lower corner, mmm, interesting. What caught my eye more than the corner brightness was the sharp edge between the petal and the green background. Was this from the stacking process or the cut-out process when you replaced the background. Maybe if you softened that edge with a soft blur brush, it wouldn't be that noticeable. Maybe try a vignette instead of a crop to reduce that corner distraction.   Posted: 10/13/2020 17:03:23
Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
I thought it was my selection which was faulty, but the petals really have those sharp edges. I had never heard about the underexposing (because it is an additive process). Will definitely try it next time. Thank you for your comments.   Posted: 10/26/2020 10:41:06

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
(Group 22)
I love flowers and this is a nice one. I agree about the definition so I did a little work on the contrast, texture and clarity in PS.   Posted: 10/24/2020 21:17:06
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Andrew Carstensen   Andrew Carstensen
Great subject and composition. The bright colors in the foreground stand out in front of the background. I like the slight color splashes on the petals.   Posted: 10/25/2020 12:09:50

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice, the only thing I might try is to bring down the highlights a bit, to help bring out the details in the white areas.   Posted: 10/26/2020 09:29:03


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