Judy Merson  

Daisy, Jatropha, Periwinkle and Firecracker Bouquet by Judy Merson

July 2021 - Daisy, Jatropha, Periwinkle and Firecracker Bouquet

About the Image(s)

I photographed these flowers after arranging them on my light box All were taken with a tripod with a side arm holding my Sony a 6400 with the 90 mm Sony 2.8 macro lens All at f 22 ISO 100 I varied the exposure by exposing 15 seconds ,20 seconds 25 seconds and 30 seconds I then took the four images into Photoshop from Lightroom as layers I put black filled masks on all three layers above the lightest layer and then painted in white to expose darker areas I flattened the resulting image and placed it on a background of white rice paper and papyrus I had scanned these textures into Photoshop from real rice paper and papyrus

9 comments posted

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
well done, beautiful painting   Posted: 07/07/2021 14:44:12

Jody Coker   Jody Coker
excellent image, thank you for sharing it with us.   Posted: 07/07/2021 19:58:40

Jody Coker   Jody Coker
Judy, I am curious about your choice of aperture and exposure.   Posted: 07/08/2021 10:32:15
Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Following Harold Davis who has videos on YouTube: Photographing Flowers For Transparency 1-5 He recommends highest aperture If you focus stack each exposure it would be tedious and is not needed since petals are flat Exposures are chosen to get from overblown to somewhat dark I had to experiment   Posted: 07/08/2021 12:24:48

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Well done! My couple attempts at this were not nearly as successful as this. Your choice of rice paper for background is well done. Very pleasing composition.
  Posted: 07/08/2021 12:28:26

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
Harold would be proud! Wonderful arrangement and photograph, Judy. The combinations and colors work very well. Great work!   Posted: 07/08/2021 15:18:16

Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Great subject and overall soft colors for a relaxing photo.
Post processing is very good and presents a lovely photo. With out knowing the restriction on content to the left side of the frame, adding a band of white to the background on the left, top and right side would keep the eyes from looking off of the picture. Very nice photo and processing.   Posted: 07/10/2021 14:24:01

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
(Group 42)
It is an interesting process and a nice result from all the work. I'd like it more if the arrangement of the flowers didn't leave me feeling that the image was accidentally cropped too much from the left.   Posted: 07/11/2021 15:10:58

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I read how you did this, and I have no idea how you did this, but I love it. I wouldn't change anything!   Posted: 07/14/2021 10:53:58


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