Carrie Hannigan  

Glowing by Carrie Hannigan

June 2022 - Glowing

About the Image(s)

Taken at Chicago Botanical Garden with Canon 6D Mark II, EF 70-300, at 1/1000 f/5.6 176mm. Post processing included dodge/burn work, curves adjustment, vignette, and FoggyNight (Color Lookup) just to shift the background to a more muted blue.

I struggle with harsh light/shadows with all my photography because I go out shooting whenever I can sneak away from my day-job (i.e., often mid-morning to mid-afternoon). I always ask myself during post processing whether I should address the harsh shadows or leave them (...I recently read an article about intentionally shooting for contrast with harsh shadows and light). Removing shadows can make a photo look overworked or take a long time to get to look okay with lesser shadows. Ultimately, I like this photo because of the nice lines of the petals that sort of glow in the mid-morning light against the blue background.

9 comments posted

Donna Sturla   Donna Sturla
Carrie, I think it's beautiful. The shadows don't bother me. I like the background. I don't care for the huge leaf under the lotus but other than that, it's lovely.
Do you have a large diffuser? You might carry one with you and put it between your subject and the sun, it will prevent the shadows you're concerned about. I have one that I use a lot for flower shots.
But in any case, it's lovely.
And thank you for messaging me about the images that you and one other person sent me, which were mysteriously in my junk folder this month. I had no idea that happened !
  Posted: 06/13/2022 14:22:27
Carrie Hannigan   Carrie Hannigan
I have a few diffusers, but I've never actually used them when shooting outside because I don't use a tripod. I have a smaller camera now, which I can hold and shoot with one hand, so I might see if I can use a small diffuser for the up-close shots. Thanks for the suggestion! --Carrie   Posted: 06/14/2022 16:06:48

Robert Cordivari   Robert Cordivari
I like this photo a lot - the exposure of the petals is excellent and the blue background is a stunningly beautiful shade of blue. I do like the leaf at the bottom, I think it grounds the photo nicely. The only part of the photo that might be a distraction, and I'm sure this is just me as I can be easily distracted! - is the small highlight on the far left side of the lower left petal. Other than that it's just a beautiful blend of colors and hues that makes a very pleasing photograph.   Posted: 06/14/2022 10:26:57
Carrie Hannigan   Carrie Hannigan
You're right about the highlight. I didn't catch it at first, but I would remove it now that I've seen it. I prefer the highlight focus be on the petals. Thanks for the suggestion. --Carrie   Posted: 06/14/2022 16:05:04

Rich Krebs   Rich Krebs
Beautiful flower. I think the shadows add to the image. It is sharp, the colors are perfect and would be great on a wall.   Posted: 06/16/2022 11:44:02
Carrie Hannigan   Carrie Hannigan
Thank you!   Posted: 06/18/2022 19:46:39

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Group 48)
Beautiful flower. Have you ever tried working with textures? Here's an example for your consideration.   Posted: 06/17/2022 14:03:44
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Carrie Hannigan   Carrie Hannigan
Thank you for the suggestion! I have worked with textures, but I think I struggle a bit. I like textures, yet my brain is stuck on what I captured rather than what it might be. I will have to experiment more. --Carrie   Posted: 06/18/2022 19:47:57
Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Group 48)
don't hesitate to email me or call 561-752-3992 if you need any assistance.   Posted: 06/18/2022 20:08:17


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