Barbara Asacker  


Bouquet of Carnations by Barbara Asacker

June 2022 - Bouquet of Carnations

About the Image(s)

Equipment: Nikon D500; 24mm focal length; tripod; small flashlight

Settings: f/8; 25 seconds; ISO 100

This image was shot in a darkened room with a black background. I painted light on the flowers with a small flashlight. The long exposure was necessary to capture the light. It has been interesting trying different lighting techniques. The image was processed in Photoshop.


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6 comments posted




Jay Denny   Jay Denny
Well done. The light is crisp and provides nice shadows within the blooms. Contrast of the red and black are very nice. Kudos for the arrangement.   Posted: 06/08/2022 04:22:16



Marcus Miller   Marcus Miller
(Group 8)
Hi Barbara,
Love your image. The flowers seem to jump off the page. I like the intentional direction of the light. Well done.   Posted: 06/13/2022 21:25:16
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Thank you Marcus. It's nice to have visitors.   Posted: 06/14/2022 17:51:40



Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
Hi Barbara, I like the concept behind the image-flower images are always nice!...just a few thoughts on possible different ways of accomplishing the goal of a beautiful flower photo
1. reduce the number of flowers to achieve a singular plane of focus--unless you focus stack with a bunch of flowers this diverse in how they stand relative to the plane of focus then getting a super sharp image may be tough
2. how does light painting enhance this image?... versus using a single continuous light or flash or window light to provide more even lighting?. I understand wanting a black background but that can also be accomplished using photoshop...light painting can be fun but sometimes it can be frustratingly hit or miss and better for a subject that has an easier field of focus.
Norm   Posted: 06/14/2022 12:37:37



Harriet Ciccone
Barbara - I think you captured the randomness of a bouquet of carnations. Even how you placed them suggests their graceful askew with their sterns stems.   Posted: 06/19/2022 13:16:02



Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Thank you for detailing how you accomplished the shot, it worked. The collection of flowers has a relatively informal look for the subject in what I am going to call a formal look of the black background. I like that.   Posted: 06/20/2022 14:36:24