Carol Sheppard  

First Signs of Spring by Carol Sheppard

May 2020 - First Signs of Spring

May 2020 - Carol Sheppard


About the Image(s)

I was trying to work through the technique of High-Key Shooting presented in the webinar by Lisa Langell; this was done using a sheet of vellum with a Litra light behind it, and natural sunlight through my sliding glass door. ISO200, f10, 1/25 s, using my Canon 5d Mark III and my Tamron 180mm Macro Lens. I'm still not really comfortable with this technique, because I'm not entirely sure I'm post processing it right...the webinar moved a little fast on post-processing for me to feel I had absorbed it. But I love the look of High-Key, so long as not too much of the coloring is lost. Mostly I brought up exposure and then brushed in local adjustments and used saturation/luminousity sliders to bring back clarity and vibrance.

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5 comments posted

Lou Karcher   Lou Karcher
Just recently read a "High-Key, Low-Key" article. Initially was going to recommend minor deepening of 'red' but the longer I looked, the more captivating it became. Thanks for the "how to" insights.   Posted: 05/16/2020 15:53:19

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Nice image Carol, thanks for the insight on the High-key webinar. I've always like that high-key look. My first impression is about the same as Lou's, bump up the reds. But, then again the original looks pretty pink. I wonder if a HDR burst would have given you some more tonal data to work with.   Posted: 05/17/2020 14:52:36

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
I actually do bracketing on all of my high-key shoots, by way of comparison, and as an option if I don't like the way it comes out when processed. I'm still on the fence because I also struggle with the deepening of colors--I've tried the luminousity and/or saturation sliders, adjustments in Color Efex, and other alternatives. It seems to come down to personal preference--its a look that some like, others don't. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But this dialogue is helpful for just that. I didn't put up one that I felt was spot-on, as we are told it should be one we genuinely want input on.   Posted: 05/17/2020 20:50:24
Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
I generally like Hi Key images but I agree, just like soft focus images, it becomes subjective very easily and very quickly. But in the end, I like you image, I like tulips, they are always a good photo subject.   Posted: 05/26/2020 11:38:02

Doug Wolters
I love the lighting. You have captured the spirit of the tulip very well. However, it's back focused; the I think the leading edge of the tulip should be in focus. As is, the green and middle of the tulip is in focus. Again, I like the somewhat pale color of the tulip; you might consider toning down the greens.   Posted: 05/21/2020 20:12:22