LuAnn Thatcher  

Pretty Tulip by LuAnn Thatcher

May 2020 - Pretty Tulip

May 2020 - LuAnn Thatcher

Original 1

May 2020 - LuAnn Thatcher

Original 2

About the Image(s)

I have been working on macro photography and this is a pale pink tulip.

Camera settings: Fuji XT-2, 80mm macro lens, ISO 640, 1/160s, f/7.1, speed light flash used.

Edited basics in Capture One Pro 20. Then I used Smart Photo Editor selecting an overlay effect, added border, and converted to black and white as well.

I look forward to your comments!

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8 comments posted

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
LuAnn, this is such a lovely flower and the cropping/framing is outstanding! I love flowers in monochrome. To me, the color often distracts from the tones and textures.

I'm not very knowledgeable of Capture One. Have you been using it instead of Lightroom and Photoshop?

Since I couldn't resist, I played with your photograph a bit. I wanted to see how it might look with more contrast and texture. (See below.... thoughts?)

Also, I really like the affect that backlighting can give to a flower. If it's possible to use the flash behind it and give a bit of transparency to the petals, it might be another masterpiece.

Take care and be safe, my friend. Your photography is excellent!

  Posted: 05/01/2020 17:50:14
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LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Oliver,

I have been doing a lot of macro photography lately; it's something I can do at home, and I appreciate the use of a controlled environment. I do use Capture One Pro 20 regularly now instead of Lightroom. I only use LR if I am editing an older image I took when I used that software. I use PS now a lot more than I used to, still trying to figure it out, though.

I do like your edit of the flower. When I edited my image originally, I was trying to balance the fragility of the tulip with a softer tone of contrast. Frequently I love the dark and dramatic use of contrast and texture. I find it challenging to find floral subjects that work well in black and white because the contrast takes away the softness of the flower. But, some flowers do work wonderfully with heavier treatments of contrast.

I am looking forward to May! Spring is here and almost in full bloom. My husband is mowing, and the windows are open with a great breeze coming through the windows. I have been out with friends on nature walks at local parks and just loving being outside.

Have a great day, my friend!

LuAnn   Posted: 05/02/2020 12:40:54

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

You filled the frame, with nice detail, as Mike Moats often suggests. There are many many ways to process an image such as your tulip. I like your outcome and Oliver's. To me the key is the center needs to be light to draw your eye into the frame - both images do that.


Emil   Posted: 05/03/2020 12:38:55
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thanks, Emil, for your comments. I agree and can see why it is good to have the light at the center of this image; it draws the eye to the subject - the center of the flower. One can never give this advice too often; I frequently forget.

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 05/08/2020 17:12:27

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
LuAnn, good to learn that you are finding the macro to your liking. This is a perfect example of seeing that does not have my passion for bold colors. Obviously I would of gone by this when selecting my tulip. I do however find your soft pink pastels in Original 2 a very compelling image because of the colors and increased saturation, from the Overlay I suspect, and as much as I Love B&W I would keep this one for use as a color ALSO. If anything I might of cut back on the whites, just a little, around the center of the flower. Great vision in picking out such a perfect tulip to photograph.   Posted: 05/03/2020 17:13:47
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thank you, Bob, for your thoughts. I agree I too love the color version and have kept copies of both. I really am enjoying macro photography right now while I am at home.

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 05/08/2020 17:10:35

Gary Stiger   Gary Stiger
From your comment above LuAnn, I know PS can blow your mind. It has blown mine more than once. I have gained a lot of instruction and techniques from Aron Nace of PHLearn, and Matt Kloskowski, I believe with Adobe. They both have great tips and suggestions and both on Youtube with the only drawback being that they are pretty fast paced. I've had to rerun a lot. Your tulip is exceptional but watch out for that new guy. He likes flowers too, and I'm sure he has some tricks of his own.   Posted: 05/04/2020 23:41:22
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hi Gary, and thanks for your comments. I agree with you about Aron Nace - he is so fun to watch doing PS edits; he makes it looks so easy. I have heard of Kloskowski recently but haven't followed him; I will check him out. And yes, do check out Emil's website he is an excellent fine art photographer whom I think we will learn a lot from him; so glad he is with our group.

Take care,
LuAnn   Posted: 05/08/2020 17:15:57