Diana Duffey  

Rudbeckia Flower Bud by Diana Duffey

May 2022 - Rudbeckia Flower Bud

About the Image(s)

I went to the garden center this weekend and I found a Rudbeckia plant. It has several flowers already blooming.
I can’t wait to plant it in my garden. I took this photo inside. I used my Sony a7R4 and the Soft Focus II lensbaby. I used
one light, a reflector and a tripod. ISO 400, SS 1/10. I took the image into photoshop, duplicated the layer, selected the flower
and placed it on a separate layer. I blended the copy of the background layer using the smudge brush and the mixer
brush. I merged the selected layer and blended layer by doing a shift, option, control E. I appreciated your comments.

4 comments posted

Rich Krebs   Rich Krebs
The flower looks nice but may be soft? If you did not do everything you did what would it look like? I guess I am not into multiple steps to create an image.   Posted: 05/18/2022 15:59:39

Donna Sturla   Donna Sturla
My first reaction to this image was Wow !! I love the colors of the background and the bud itself is interesting. The light reflecting on the lower right leaf is a bit distracting, and I would have liked to see more "room" above the flower. I do like the softness of the image.
I have no idea what smudge brush or mixer brush are -- if that's Photoshop, then I need to learn more.   Posted: 05/18/2022 18:25:39

Robert Cordivari   Robert Cordivari
I'm not familiar with lensbaby - you mention the ss and iso but not the fstop. I too think the image looks just a tad soft, but a nice composition and the colors compliment one another very nicely.   Posted: 05/20/2022 08:43:59

Doug Wolters   Doug Wolters
Interesting, beautiful image. I'm not sure about the top of the petals being so close in tones & brightness to the background. I'm not sure about the leaves being the element most in focus. That may not matter since the flower is so much brighter, though I would like to see what would happen if the petals were the sharpest. When using the Soft Focus II, now I always stop all the way down for at least one shot. Sometimes, that is my favorite shot.   Posted: 05/21/2022 16:22:55


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