Sophia Schade  

TBA by Sophia Schade

May 2023 - TBA

May 2023 - Sophia Schade


About the Image(s)

This Photo was taken on April 20th, 2023 during the CNPA Creative Flower photography weekend.workshop at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University in Durham. N.C.
This was one of my first photos I took as soon as I got to the tulip gardens. I watched this young lady work in the gardens and knew immediately what I wanted my photo to look like.
This was my favorite photo of the weekend.. I don't understand why the right side is so dark.. maybee a tree was shading that area... I am planning on printing this on canvas and hanging it in my office.

equipment/settings Z9 - with a 100-400MM -- ISO 32 100MM f32 16sec

This round’s discussion is now closed!
13 comments posted

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Sophia, yes indeed. You have a very creative flower photograph. I think you are correct about having trees make your dark streaks. Your 100-400 must have a very wide lens - which allows the objects behind the tree to be viewed at the edges of the lens, making the trees transparent.
I used the dodge tool with soft edges to even out the dark streaks. Let me know if this helps. Jim   Posted: 05/02/2023 09:19:46
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Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Thank you Jim, much better.. I need to do better job on using the dodge tool. Again, thank you   Posted: 05/02/2023 15:40:25

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Sophia, I too am confused as to what may have caused the right side to become so dark. In addition to Jim's suggestion, assuming you weren't using some kind of filter on the lens, I'm wondering if there may have been some kind of reflection from something nearby. Do you use a lens shade? I think Jim's post-processing helped soften the dark streaks.   Posted: 05/02/2023 11:27:23
Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
I had a polarizer on, I should had included that on my notes. Yes, I did had a lens hood one ..I agree that Jim's processing made it better..   Posted: 05/02/2023 15:38:40

David Price   David Price
I like the image and Jim has improved it. Playing around I thought I would take into Topaz Impressions and added a Painterly layer to give it an even more arty feel. What do you think?   Posted: 05/04/2023 04:04:25
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Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hi David, Jim and your changes have improve it. I think I need to go back and start to play with the individual tulips and make some of them on the left side pop or tone down the right side.. my eye wants to go straight to the right. Thank you for taking time to explore another way to fix this.   Posted: 05/04/2023 05:43:41

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
When I first looked at this I thought one could just draw a straight line down on the RH side and eliminate the darkness altogether but looking at changes the members made, particularly David's "arty feel," I no longer think that necessary
Good work Sophia.
  Posted: 05/04/2023 13:23:34
Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Thank you Barbara, originally I had cropped it like that but i didn't like it. I liked what everyone has suggested. I wish I had done in camera multiple exposures .. Next time I need to think faster.   Posted: 05/09/2023 12:40:12

Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
HI Sophia, Such an enchanting capture. You don't say but I guess it's obviously intentional camera movement but it has created some very clear vertical lines so I just had a free play with the image using some blur and cloning tool to mush it up more.   Posted: 05/04/2023 17:36:17
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Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Thank you Mark, yes IC movement (started from up and moved down) I wish I had thought to do a in camera multiple exposure so i didn't have the issue. Thank you for your help   Posted: 05/09/2023 12:42:12

Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
(Groups 4 & 15 & 58 & 59 & 72)
Hi Sophia, very interesting effect on the image. I am curious how did you do it. Of course all the additional adjustments and cropping done are in the eyes of the beholders.   Posted: 05/05/2023 14:37:40
Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hello Dr Isaac , thank you for your comment… it is intentional camera movement!
My settings are in my comments.. I wish I had done 2 images and combined them in.. I truly love this photo…   Posted: 05/05/2023 17:23:55

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Sophia, it's a fascinating image and technique. You seem to have achieved an ethereal glow to the gardener. Based on all the discussion of your photograph, it's clear that you've stimulated people's imaginations and that they are motivated to try similar approaches. At least I plan to give it a try. Thank you!
  Posted: 05/19/2023 10:01:59