Allen Tucker  

Squash Blossom by Allen Tucker

September 2021 - Squash Blossom

September 2021 - Allen Tucker


About the Image(s)

This squash plant thrived in our hot summer, producing better blossoms than our flowers in addition to tasty fresh vegetables. Shot under mid day sun with Tamron 90mm macro lens on a Canon EOS R mirrorless: 1/100s, f/16, ISO 1600. Steepened the highlights section of the curve to enhance texture, B&W conversion in Silver Efex with "Full Dynamic (smooth)" preset.

I like having the large background leaf in the color version, but should I crop down on the blossom in the mono?

4 comments posted

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Nice one, Allen. Definitely keep the leaf. It's a nice study of contrast between the dark leaf and the light flower. I also really like the way the veining stands out in monochrome.   Posted: 09/06/2021 17:32:04
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
My artist wife agrees.   Posted: 09/14/2021 01:39:00

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I like the composition and think the balance between the flower and the leaf is perfect. My only complaint is that the flower is not in sharp focus. The top left of the leaf is very sharp but since the flower extends so much out beyond the leaf that it is beyond focal plane of the leaf. Since you shot at F16 you cannot extend the depth of field and, I guess, the only solution would be use multiple stacking photography.   Posted: 09/09/2021 10:48:58
Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Focus stacking is on my winter indoor photography project list.   Posted: 09/14/2021 01:42:32


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