Charissa Lansing  

Sense of Renewal by Charissa Lansing

January 2022 - Sense of Renewal

About the Image(s)

I received a gift of a paperwhite bulb in a vase of water and have been admiring it's growth. Traditionally these white narcissus are symbolic of hope and renewal.
Pictured is a close-up of the initial tiny bloom from yesterday. My goal was to direct attention toward the center of the paperwhite.
Shot with a Canon Rebel Xsi, fitted with a Canon 100mm macro and circular polarizing filter (exposure= 5sec, f/10, ISO 100).
I realize that the upward angle of the lower petal at the center of the bloom appears misshapen in this image. Although I experimented with different perspectives, this one seemed to
offer the best view inside the bloom's yellow trumpet. Thanks, in advance, for any suggestions.

10 comments posted

Dick States   Dick States
Before I comment I have a question. Do you manual focus or auto focus?   Posted: 01/06/2022 16:42:02
Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Thanks for your question. I use manual focus.   Posted: 01/06/2022 17:23:35
Dick States   Dick States
Can you recall where your focus point was located?   Posted: 01/06/2022 18:07:35
Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Yes, I used live view, magnified the area in the center of the yellow trumpet, and focused on the visible part of the stigma.   Posted: 01/06/2022 19:36:00
Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
The original version was not rotated. The lower petal itself was not in the same parallel plane as the other petals.

Also, a tripod and cable release were used.
Thanks again for any suggestions!   Posted: 01/07/2022 09:18:33
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Ally Whiteneck   Ally Whiteneck
I love the background with this image, it really makes your flower stand out   Posted: 01/13/2022 20:40:45

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Charissa,
Nice attempt on your attractive flower. I agree with Ally the background color you chose made the flower really stand out. I see that you did try other angles when photographing the flower. As an after thought I might have even tried removing the bottom petal, especially if there were more blossoms for you to enjoy.
Janet   Posted: 01/14/2022 09:06:08

Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
This is a nice composition with a neat background. Was the background made with a read cardboard ? If yes I would suggest a smaller aperture (may be f/16), still using your chosen ISO but longer exposure. This would have given a larger DoF and solve the problem of the lower petal at the center of the bloom which appears misshapen.
  Posted: 01/16/2022 12:09:48

Dick States   Dick States
I like the composition. Love the detail in the back petals and the center of the flower. I would like to see the stem and bud in the lower background removed. It is a bit of a distraction to my eye.   Posted: 01/16/2022 21:17:38

Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Thanks for your helpful comments! Unfortunately my bulb produced only a single flower and the seed pods never opened.

Pulling off the misshapen petal and better yet cropping away the distracting stem and bud are good ideas, I think. I first thought that showing the stem and bud were interesting, but given the bold red/green contrast I agree that this detracts from what I was trying to emphasize. Thanks again for these helpful critiques.
  Posted: 01/19/2022 10:05:24


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