Denise McKay  

Soft Embrace by Denise McKay

October 2019 - Soft Embrace

About the Image(s)

This is a rose I bought at the grocery store and spent some days studying and watching, waiting for the right point in the blooming process for the center swirl to look just like this. I saw the potential, and waited for that moment.

I set this up in a room with a large window to use natural light as my primary source, but supplemented with some directional lighting using a continuous LED light bulb diffused with a white umbrella. I kept experimenting with the directional lighting, moving both the light and the flower, until I felt I got the effect I wanted. I used Lightroom for some basic adjustments and cropping, converted it to black and white (the rose was a solid yellow), then used Topaz Studio 2 and applied a Dual Tone filter in a yellow & blue combination. The flower just converted to black and white really didn't have enough contrast in my opinion, so I experimented with Topaz, and liked this result.

This was taken with my Sony a7R III and 90 mm macro lens. I had my camera on a tripod and the settings were ISO 200, 1/30th sec. f 5.6. I also used my shutter timer so that there would be no camera shake to try and get as much detail on the center as possible.

2 comments posted

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Nice work Denise, your patience paid off. I like your crop and the Topaz color treatment; gives it a little bit of a mystical feel. Also, you captured a nice blend of softness but still enough detail to see the 'veins' in the petals. The only suggestion I might make is to brighten up the center a little bit to pull the viewer in.   Posted: 10/10/2019 13:30:30
Denise McKay   Denise McKay
Thanks Bob!   Posted: 10/10/2019 18:35:03


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