Jose Cartas  

Sunflower by Jose Cartas

October 2021 - Sunflower

About the Image(s)

I'm not particularly fond of extreme post-processing, but I'm making an exception. The photo was taken last August in a farm not far from our house, which has a sunflower field open to visitors. In this case, I wanted to get the flower against the cloudy (approaching storm) sky, and the only way to do it was using HDR. When processing, I opted for the "Dramatic" option available in Affinity and increased the effect through White Balance and Brightness/Contrast. I also cloned out some distracting leaves. Technical specifications: 100mm. lens, 1/500 sec. (+/- 2) at f/8.0, ISO 400, handheld.

4 comments posted

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
I love it! You might not be a fan of the post-processing (I am, of course) but your edits are great and really highlight the details and textures. The lighting is special, too. I would not change anything unless you crop to fill the frame which would also be nice.   Posted: 10/13/2021 08:50:04

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I too like the processing affect. Lots of detail and impact. It might be too much cloning work to be worth it, but if the sunflower showing through at the bottom was not there, it would be perfect.   Posted: 10/13/2021 09:47:38
Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
Thanks for the suggestion of cloning out the other sunflower. I think it can be done without much work.   Posted: 10/13/2021 17:34:44

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
The sunflower is great, enhanced by the angle that you shot it. I would not change a thing! It is simple and effective. The lower bloom does not bother me at all.   Posted: 10/14/2021 13:19:53


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