Tom Pickering  


Lavender Daisy by Tom Pickering

April 2021 - Lavender Daisy

About the Image(s)

Specs: D5000, Tamron 60mm Macro, F45, 2s, ISO 200, Macro Rig

This is a single 1:1 image of a daisy. Processed completely within On1 Photo Raw 2021. Suggestions?


12 comments posted




Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Tom,
Lovely flower with nice colors. I like the turned petal in the center. However, on my computer it appears to be a bit soft.   Posted: 04/06/2021 17:49:34
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
It is, but not too bad for a single image with the DOF achieved I thought.

Did you find it distracting?   Posted: 04/06/2021 18:22:23
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Tom
Not distracting at all. I like it. I find it to be very pleasing to my eye. I commented on it being soft because all your images have been very sharp, and you have guided me to always try to achieve sharpness. So I thought you always expected images to be perfectly sharp.   Posted: 04/06/2021 21:06:58
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I wish it had been soft, too. I decided to try to do a single capture, but it didn't quite make it. Sometimes I just don't feel like doing a stack - guess I have my lazy streaks. d;¬{D   Posted: 04/06/2021 23:35:16
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Tom
Please know that your image is incredible. No excuses are needed.It is well exposed. You captured great details and DOF, especially with one shot. I couldn't have achieved that. It deserves high ratings. I find focus stacking to be tedious and demanding a lot of patience. I have to be in the mood.   Posted: 04/07/2021 09:16:35



Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
I personally prefer my flowers to have a slight softness to them, especially one like this, as it seems to add to the feeling of curvature and sensuality. It works well for me just as is, including the crop which places the emphasis on that beautiful piece of petal. I might suggest you bring up the whites a bit, but other than that? Wouldn't change a thing!   Posted: 04/08/2021 18:16:39
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I tried boosting the whites when I processed this and they started to clip if I went any farther. Hmmm...   Posted: 04/17/2021 13:43:49



Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Very nice. I keep thinking of changes I might suggest, but none seems to improve what you have, for me. I like the way the turned petal links together the petals and the stigma (?).

For full flowers, I agree with Carol, a bit of softness is often nice, but for a small section like this, I think sharper is better. f45 has its disadvantages!   Posted: 04/09/2021 02:02:49
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I agree that going in tight calls for everything in focus, but I got lazy with this one as my test shot (this one) looked quite good to me. Oh well, if we had the perfect shot there'd be no need for study groups now would there? d;¬{D   Posted: 04/17/2021 13:46:48



Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Always interesting to me that flowers look so different in macro. Had you not told us, I'm guessing I wouldn't be the only one not knowing this is a daisy.
I'm gonna be the loner who finds the stray petal distracting. Other than that, I think this is a very nice image.   Posted: 04/21/2021 12:36:07
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
If not a daisy, what would you think it to be?

I'm on the fence about the stray petal, though I chose to frame it as the subject. I guess I thought it made this image a bit more unique from typical daisy macros.   Posted: 04/21/2021 12:44:59
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I rarely know the flower simply by looking at a portion of it. And, I'm not criticizing your use of the petal as the subject. I like the symmetry of flowers, with the exception of images of a group of dying, or dead, ones.   Posted: 04/21/2021 12:55:26



 

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