Dan McKenna  

Horsetail Sprouts by Dan McKenna

May 2020 - Horsetail Sprouts

About the Image(s)

Sony A7riii with Voigtlander 110mm f2.5. Captured at 5.6 with a shutter speed of 160, and ISO 100. I chose to convert the image to B&W because I liked the banding on the stalks. I wanted to get the front two horsetails in reasonable sharpness and blur the background. This required a three-shot focus stack while trying to minimize the subject movement with a slight breeze. I used Zerene Stacker to assemble the images. The question I have, do folks prefer out of focus backgrounds for flower/plant images as a way to emphasize the subject, or do you prefer lighting and keeping the background in focus. I have printed this image using a Platinum and Palladium process on watercolor paper.

4 comments posted

Ginny Salus   Ginny Salus
This photo is fascinating! I am not a fan of B&W photos but this one gets my interest. I personally like blurred backgrounds so that the center of focus stands out more and I am not distracted by the background.   Posted: 05/10/2020 09:51:13

Evelyn Forsyth   Evelyn Forsyth
This is a very interesting photo. I like black and white that show texture and contrast. I think there is too much room between the two tails. I like blurred backgrounds for plants.
  Posted: 05/16/2020 12:14:49

Andrea McLaughlin   Andrea McLaughlin
I really like looking at black and white photos, and this is no exception. For me, it depends on the photo for a clear v. blurred background. I like the blurred background in this photo.   Posted: 05/18/2020 18:42:28

Dan Olson   Dan Olson
I do not know much at all about black and white. I like the subject matter and that you used an odd number in the photo. On the right side of the photo the horsetail is cropped into close. I hope this helps Dan   Posted: 05/22/2020 10:30:33


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