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A Kettle Full of Flowers by Bunny Laden

March 2020 - A Kettle Full of Flowers

March 2020 - Bunny Laden


About the Image(s)

These flowers were left over from my local camera club’s annual party. I took them home and put them in an old cast iron kettle that I had lying around, thinking this arrangement might make a good still life.

Camera and Settings
Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 MFT
Lumix G Vario 45-200/F4.0-5.6
1.6 sec at f/8.0, 45 mm, -2/3 ev, ISO 400

The Setup
Black backdrop
Daylight from a side window, two flickering LED candle lights
Remote shutter release
As soon as I activated the shutter I quickly passed an iridescent sheet in front of the lens. That’s what gives it a slight multicolored wash.

In Lightroom, I cropped and healed one spot
In Topaz Studio, I applied the Fur & Feather filter at 0.55

5 comments posted

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
That's an interesting experiment, to use an iridescent sheet to mute the image and add some color streaks. It's a variation on "shooting through".
I love your composition. It really is dramatic. You brought out a lovely definition in your flowers.

For my tastes, I would have prefered a slightly brighter image, with more contrast between the flowers and the kettle. You might consider taking a picture of the iridescent sheet, along with a picture of your composition, and then layering the image of the sheet over the composition layer in PS. Then use a mask and paint with varying opacities of black to bring through the flowers and the kettle a bit, to a desired level for the flowers and contrasting kettle.   Posted: 03/03/2020 19:46:13
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Thanks for your suggestions Georgianne. Yes, it is a variation of shoot through.

I have plenty of images of that setup without the iridescent sheet. Perhaps I'll take one of those and try what you suggested.   Posted: 03/03/2020 20:18:10

Cecilia Clark   Cecilia Clark
Bunny, I like your composition and the contrast between an old cast iron kettle and fresh, colorful flowers. I like the way the pot is just light enough to separate from the background. And, the coloring provided by the iridescent sheet is a nice touch.

I would like to see the flowers slightly less veiled so they pop a little more. Otherwise a lovely still life.   Posted: 03/04/2020 19:30:52

Witta Priester   Witta Priester
Bunny, these are lovely, colorful flowers, and your processing has added some very nice, definitive, edge effects to the petals. The idea of the iridescent sheet is an interesting one that I had not heard of, but, in my opinion, it does not quite work for this composition. It seems to have dulled the flowers, which might for example work with a sad, withered bouquet, but I feel this image needs a bit more pop… Moreover the interesting kettle, which is almost half of the photo, seems to have faded into the background and could have more definition.
  Posted: 03/10/2020 21:52:05

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Your arrangement is lovely. The flowers are sharp; the fur & feather added a nice definition to the petals. But I find the overall green cast to be distracting. I would like to see a version without the iridescent sheet. But I would also like to see more images using the iridescent sheet.   Posted: 03/22/2020 16:51:08


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