Pauline Jaffe  


Yellow Rose by Pauline Jaffe

November 2020 - Yellow Rose

About the Image(s)

I took this image to practice using external lighting in outdoor conditions. I had a PRO MASTER Led Light which I used to light/paint the rose, I'm not sure what the difference between lighting and painting is. I took multiple pictures of the rose from different angles and I photo stacked 3 of images together in post processing.

I used a Nikon 5600 lens. The images were taken at f 6.3 and at ISO 200. I was working in aperture priority.


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3 comments posted




Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
I think the tone of the light is nice. I like the sharpness on the foreground petals and the shape of the flower. What doesn't make sense to me is that the brightest part of the image is the center of the flower, but that is out of focus. I'm wondering in your focus stack images if you have one that has the center of the flower sharp? I think the shapes on the foreground petals are lovely but this part of the flower is in shadow. It might help to put a diffuser on the light so that it lights the flower more evenly and has less of a spotlight effect.   Posted: 11/12/2020 21:23:09



Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Painting involves an extremely long exposure time allowing one to slowly move the light around the scene to provide light into areas that may not/would not get adequate illumination from a flash or other light source. Painting with light would typically be done in manual mode.

I agree with Janice that the center of the flower is a little too soft for me.

If I'm reading your description correctly, it sounds like you combined images from different angles? Typically in a photo stack, the camera and exposure would remain unchanged and only the point of focus would move.

  Posted: 11/13/2020 15:29:41



David Blass   David Blass
I like the idea of a central light highlighting the flower, but agree that it would have been more effective with a sharper center to the flower. You can achieve lighting that is strongest in the center and fades to the periphery either with your lights, reflectors & diffusers in the field, or can create the effect using a radial graduated filter in Lightroom. I find that I prefer shooting flowers on an overcast day, as my subjects start out with uniform lighting that I can modify to my taste afterwards.   Posted: 11/14/2020 15:52:55