Lance Lewin  

Sunflower Study-1 by Lance Lewin

November 2019 - Sunflower Study-1

About the Image(s)

Captured in the small village of Frymburk, Czech Republic in 2017 - laying on my back and aiming up into a bright overcast sky - the back-lighting was perfect.

Digital Capture: ISO-125; Hand Held; F/1.4 50mm lens @F/2.0 gave the shallow Dof I was looking for. Aperture Priority so the camera shuttered at 1/2500 sec. Square format 15x15 print matte & framed.

Post-Production: slight brightening of the sky (adding white) in Camera Raw and also increased the luminosity of the orange or yellow to slightly enhance the opaqueness. Hope you enjoy!


6 comments posted

Mike Washington   Mike Washington
Great frameable piece of art, Lance. It looks as though you photographed this flower on a light box, a technique now popular with floral photographers. When confronted with dull grey flat skies, I generally shoot with the technique you employed in mind, convert to Black & White and blow out the sky for a high contrast, high key result.
Your color rendition, however, has a pleasing painterly look. Well done!   Posted: 11/07/2019 16:41:28
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi Mike. Really happy you like it - thank you for your support. Yeah, got to love overcast days for interesting photography possibilities. I enjoy finding and using back-lighting in photographing Flora - always results in some type of textural aesthetic.
  Posted: 11/07/2019 19:43:01

Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
I love the softness and translucency of the flower petals - using the overcast sky as an advantage instead of a detraction! And I like how the leaf offsets the flower a bit, making for a very pleasing composition. And you did it in color! It has a very artistic, modern look.   Posted: 11/09/2019 20:55:05
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
The leaf is actually my favorite part in this photograph! I am happy you brought that into the conversation. Yes, can you believe I posted (and printed) a color photograph! My wife told me, Congratulations!   Posted: 11/10/2019 01:13:22

Graham Jones   Graham Jones
Lovely image. I can't really add much but it is very pleasing   Posted: 11/10/2019 10:03:14

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
ATTENTION: Hey Gang...I just asked to host a new Mono Group and need 1 or 2 seats to make it happen. At this point kick-off likely December. So, if you are interested, I will email your desire to join the soon-to-be Group-32 to Barbara Miller. Let me know today, Sunday 11-10-19.

Thank you, guys!   Posted: 11/10/2019 11:18:15


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