Lorna Shaw  


Nature's Colors by Lorna Shaw

September 2020 - Nature's Colors

About the Image(s)

Nikon D-850 with a 80-200mm
@200mm.
I upped my ISO to 320, lowered the aperture to 4.5 so I could get a high enough shutter speed (1/1250) to account for the wind.

Bright mid-day sun was not the best time for a flower picture but when I saw how these orange flowers popped on the back of my camera I got very excited. It was near the end of a shoot and I was not expecting the orange and purples to go together as well as they did. This was one of many I took of these flowers on August 6th at Butchart Gardens. They were the highlight of my shoot. I like this one the best because it isolated and showed off the main flower yet gave enough of the background to get that it's part of a group. Tiny adjustments were made in Lightroom and Photoshop, mainly toning down some highlights of the background flowers, and sharpening the main flower. NO adjustments of color! This was the fantastic color they really were. My kind of photograph - (almost) SOOC, straight out of the camera.
Lorna


5 comments posted




Richard Story   Richard Story
YOU WERE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ABOUT THE COMPLIMENTING COLORS, THE SUBJECT FLOWER IS TACK SHARP, AND WELL EXPOSED THE BACKGROUND BOKEH IS HANDLED WELL WITH THE F/STOP YOU CHOOSE,AND THE SOFTLY OUT OF FOCUS OF THE OTHER FLOWERS, MAKE THE VIEWER'S EYE RETURN TO THE MAIN FLOWER.

THAT ONE FLOWER IN THE UPPER RIGHT IS A LITTLE DISTRACTING AS IT TENDS TO TAKE MY EYE OUT OF THE FRAME. SOME ONE TOLD SOME TIME AGO TO ALWAYS WATCH MY EDGES.   Posted: 09/09/2020 21:24:42
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Lou Karcher   Lou Karcher
A BEAUTIFULLY GRACEFUL, TACK SHARP IMAGE, LORNA. RICHARD HAS COVERED EVERYTHING THAT POPPED INTO MY MIND WHEN VIEWING THIS. THE CROP ADDRESSES THE 'EDGES' ISSUE.   Posted: 09/10/2020 09:50:38



Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Lorna: This image is an example of selective focus in flower photography, the dominate flower is quite sharp while the other flowers are soft. Need to agree with Richard on the top right flower, would clone it out of the picture. Would do some post processing work to the background as it is a bit too light, would darken it somewhat which would let the orange flowers stand out even better. Am not certain if the blue flowers add anything to the overall image, probably not. Richard's advise on watching the borders is well taken, a little busy on the left edge. You do not mention using a tripod, I find it slows me down and allows me to study all sides of the frame and the background for any distractions.   Posted: 09/10/2020 23:13:27



Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
(Group 57)
Hi Lorna, visiting from Group 57. Very nice image, I like the color, you have a good eye for capturing composition. It would have been easy in group like to get lost and distracted with many flowers. That said, Richards point is solid and his crop along with your selective focus make for a stronger image. I think the fact that all the petals are downward facing, exposing the dark center to more light and giving you that opportunity to get it tack sharp and make it your center of interest.   Posted: 09/18/2020 09:26:19



Priscilla Farrell   Priscilla Farrell
Hi Lorna, I, too, like the color combination of the bright orange and purple flowers together. The main flower is certainly nice and sharp. I like Richard's crop as it removes the top flower and leaves several out of focus brightly colored flowers with a slight bit of purple accent. I have seen some flower photographers carry a piece of cardboard covered with muted colors and place it behind the subject to help block out busy backgrounds. Sometimes a two person endeavor.   Posted: 09/21/2020 14:56:42



 

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