Murphy Hektner, APSA  

California Pitcher Plant by Murphy Hektner, APSA

October 2019 - California Pitcher Plant

October 2019 - Murphy Hektner, APSA


About the Image(s)

DATA: Nikon D700 with 105 macro on tripod. ISO 500--- 1/200 @ f/5 --- late afternoon, cloudy light.

White balance set manually at 5000K. Post process in Elements 10.

Maker's Aims and Comments: California Pitcher Plant is found in Northern CA. and Southwest Oregon in damp habitats. It is a carnivorous plant that relies on insects for its food source. The plant grows to 20" tall, I am showing just the top 8" of the plant growing in its natural habitat. As you can see on the original the habitat is kind of distracting and busy from a photography standpoint, I have diffused and darkened the background so the viewers attention is focused on the flowers rather than the busy background.

3 comments posted

Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
Interesting display of unusual plant. I like your attention to the background,done well. Perhaps it is only my monitor but I would like to see the plant lightened up a bit in its darkest areas. You've toned down the highlights very nicely.   Posted: 10/08/2019 15:48:36

Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Neal: Thank you for your comments. I did spend some time working on the distractions in the background as I thought the background in the original was too busy.   Posted: 10/09/2019 00:26:41

Patrick Lynch   Patrick Lynch
Hi Murphy, good contrasting but subtle colors, I like the separation from the back ground. You must have added some blurring in Photoshop. Might be interesting in black & white also. Very nice photo.   Posted: 10/12/2019 07:51:24


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