Peter Newman  


Untitled by Peter Newman

May 2020 - Untitled

About the Image(s)


I had a bad case of cabin fever, so I went for a walk and found these dogwood blossoms, with the sunlight going through the translucent petals. Since the afternoon sun was really bright, I decided to try high key. the settings associate with this image are as follows: Nikon D500, 105 macro FX so it’s a 157 mm lens. ISO 1000, 1/2000 sec @ f9

I first cropped just the blossom I wanted to use; enlarged the image 2x in Topaz adjust AI; back to PS where I futzed around and this image came out. Since there were high wind speeds I shot at 1/2000; f9 gave me the depth of field I was looking for. The ISO followed. I know I could have shot at 1/1000, but there are times when I prefer sharp and take the hit on noise.


This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67 & 89)
Creative, well seen and executed. I greatly appreciate high key when it is done right. This seems right.

Well done.   Posted: 05/19/2020 11:39:59

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh

A very impressive and effective high-key presentation. This image has a real stylistic flair to it that is promulgated by the rough noisy texture within the blossom. To my eye it seems just a bit unbalanced, and I would be tempted to lose a bit to the white empty space at the top of the image.
  Posted: 05/19/2020 14:39:16
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
I agree with your comment. I made what I thought was a Hobson's Choice:

To my eye, a portrait aspect ratio seems to work better with high key;

Elongating the stems made them look too stringy;

Thickening and elongating the stems took too much away from the flower;

Alternatively, I could use the flower as a texture, or to create additional storage space.

Thanks to your comment I am now thinking of other uses.


  Posted: 05/20/2020 21:03:03

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
The translucent quality of the petals is very nicely captured. Although a high key image, the intensity of the white at the top portion of the image seems to be a bit harsh. I find few images translate well using high key; this translates very well.   Posted: 05/22/2020 19:55:34

Vinod Kulkarni
A very well shot high key photo Peter. One thing which love the most of this image is the texture, it is consistent across the frame and does give a different feel to the image. For some reasons I feel that the right side of the frame is a bit tightly cropped, I may have that feeling because the flower is facing towards the right and felt a bit more empty space will still do. Thats how I feel though.   Posted: 05/23/2020 02:12:49

Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Exquisite ! ! !
Love the texture and the airy quality.
I agree with Charles about the composition.
The cropping right now seems to be the rule of third.
Personally I like the Golden Ratio much better and I think that it will work well here .
Golden ratio : Instead of 1/3 , the lines divide the image in ratios of 1 to 1.6 . A easy way to visualize it is the number 5 on a clock face.   Posted: 05/23/2020 10:51:25