Lauren Heerschap  

Painted Dahlia by Lauren Heerschap

September 2020 - Painted Dahlia

About the Image(s)

This was shot on my Olympus and photo stacked in camera. I was playing around with a reflector actually on a bright day. I underexposed the flower to get the light effect from the reflector. Taken at f.8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200; on a long lens 40-150mm. In post processing I ran the photo through ON1 for dynamic range, sharpening and vignette. Then I took it into Viveza Impressions to add a painterly filter and added a brush stroke effect.

4 comments posted

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Lauren, The image is quite painterly and would look great printed on canvas or watercolor paper. The focus stacking worked well. The warm color against the muted cooler background adds dimensional quality. A trilogy of blossoms plus a bud in an asymmetric composition adds to the artistic effect. Nicely done. Karl   Posted: 09/18/2020 16:31:04

Marie Miller   Marie Miller
Hi Lauren, I love dahlias! They make great subjects. I love the gorgeous coloration in this threesome and I spy a bud. The muted background of greens made it easy for the dahlias to come forward. Wow, I like Karl's idea of having this printed on watercolor paper. It would be interesting to see whether it would enhance your brush stroke effect. Lovely.   Posted: 09/18/2020 19:31:49

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Interesting image Lauren, but for me, I don't love the backs of the flowers; however, I appreciate that the darker area gives form to your main flower. It's unusual and the colours are gorgeous against the darker backdrop. The little bud, as cute as it is, and the leaves, don't need to be there, to my mind. I think if they were removed, the composition would have more impact as my eye keeps wandering to them. Just my humble opinion.   Posted: 09/19/2020 01:18:19

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
A painterly image indeed! I like the backlighting on the petals of the two flowers pointing away. The little bud is great. The leaf protruding from the lower center does not seem to fit in well, and I would remove it. The two flower backs lead my eyes right two the brilliant yellow--but with a tug because it goes left to right. I would try a horizontal flip. The muted contrasting background is perfect.   Posted: 09/20/2020 15:51:56


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