Sam Fernando, QPSA  

Three tulips by Sam Fernando, QPSA

July 2021 - Three tulips

July 2021 - Sam Fernando, QPSA


About the Image(s)

This photo was taken at a garden about 150 km away from my house in Brisbane, Australia.
Photo details are as follows:
Camera: 5D Mark 4
Lens: Canon 24-105
Focal length: 50 mm
Exposure: 1/50 Sec, f/9, ISO 800
Mode: Manual
Metering: Spot metering
Handheld photo.
I separated the three tulips in Photoshop and used a black background. Except for basic editing, no special techniques were used.

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8 comments posted

Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
Hi Fernando. I like what you did and I think you picked the right composition for the tulips, but something feels flat. I don't know if it is because the black of my screen matches the black of your background. The image has all the look of an exceptional flower portrait but I see the background as being on the same plane as the leaves.   Posted: 07/05/2021 13:28:52

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Sam, I like your composition of three tulips. The beam of light adds a lot to the lowest tulip, stem and leaves - but the top two tulips are in shadow. Capturing the dew drops on the top tulip adds interest. Did you try this in Black & White? Have you considered an intentional macro shot? I think there are qualities beyond the ordinary somewhere in this bed of tulips. I see three tulips that are tighter (see photo), but not in the sharpest focal plane in your original. I suggest that you take the time looking for only the 3 tulips you want at the angle and lighting you want - rather than photographing the entire flower bed and choosing three from the group. Jim.   Posted: 07/05/2021 14:13:33
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Laura Lee Bartholomew   Laura Lee Bartholomew
I really resonate with your response. Sometimes, or most of the time, less is better. Sometimes we need to edit in our head before we even take the picture.
  Posted: 07/06/2021 19:00:53
Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando
Thanks Jim

I tried the white background, but I preferred the black.

I didn't try black and white version.   Posted: 07/06/2021 23:14:10

Laura Lee Bartholomew   Laura Lee Bartholomew
I agree with Jim about tightening our vision for the image before taking the image. However, I really do like your selection of the three tulips. I like the height variation.

Since you have already done such serious editing to this image, you might want to consider some of the techniques for editing/creating the best light for an image such as the Briscoe light technique. I have not yet used any of this techniques, but I may someday.   Posted: 07/06/2021 19:12:38
Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando
Thanks Laura for sharing the Briscoe light technique. It is a useful technique.   Posted: 07/06/2021 23:42:37

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
This is technically exquisite, except that there are dew on only one flower. Everything is so sharp and well ordered, that the subject could have been completely artificial.   Posted: 07/14/2021 10:22:23

Tam Phan   Tam Phan
So nice !Your picture is sharp,the light is great,flowers are colorful.I like it.Hope you will let us see your lotus pictures.   Posted: 07/14/2021 18:45:21