Peggy Reeder  

Lily by Peggy Reeder

January 2022 - Lily

January 2022 - Peggy Reeder


January 2022 - Peggy Reeder

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About the Image(s)

This is a stack of three images that I took of the interior of a lily which was part of a bouquet that I had at Christmas time. I didn't purposely focus stack this shot, but in looking at my images, I had 3 that were almost exactly the same, except I had focused on different elements. So I exported them to Helicon Focus to see if they'd line up, and this was the result. In Lightroom, I lightened and brightened and increased the contrast, and cropped down a little closer. I've included 2 originals to show the different focus points. Taken with a 105mm macro lens, f/11, 1/8 sec., ISO 250.

5 comments posted

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Stacking your images was an excellent idea Peggy and with your processing you have achieved great results. The pistil shows sharp and I like the highlights, which give a natural look. The background is soft and makes a perfect combination.   Posted: 01/10/2022 10:32:40

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
I'll demonstrate my ignorance of botany by using some basic terms. Great arrangement of the black parts radiating out from the left on a diagonal line toward the upper right. As Joe notes, the softened background adds as a frame for the near parts of the flower. This is a really creative composition, except that (and this is probably just me) the red part seems to look more like a piece of raw meat, rather than a flower part, perhaps because of the highlights, or maybe because it could stand some saturation. Still, you demonstrated an eye for a fine abstract composition.   Posted: 01/11/2022 07:58:53
Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Yes maybe I should darken that red part and remove the reflections. Good idea.   Posted: 01/11/2022 11:52:37

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I really enjoyed looking at this one. The softness of the petals that you achieved along with the contrasting stamen created a very enjoyable and pleasing image. The bright highlights in the center bit distracting but only a bit. The positioning of the images excellent. A definite wall hanger.   Posted: 01/12/2022 12:38:21

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I like how you framed the subject being slightly off center. Focus Stacking offered sharpness of the key point of the flower. I like the softness and muted colors of the background which create a nice frame for the subject. I would remove the reflection on the pistil.   Posted: 01/14/2022 09:45:55


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