Ed Ries  

Flower Teapot Pearls by Ed Ries

January 2022 - Flower Teapot Pearls

About the Image(s)

My submission this month is a still life study, a product of covid restrictions. Technical: Canon EOS 5Ds, EF24-70mm lens at 50 mm, f11 at ISO 400. One strobe on the side with a fill card on the opposite side. The image is an HDR image with the ISO varied to maintain the aperture. Color adjusted with pro contrast and detail enhancer in NIK CEP. Converted with NIK SEP. Noise reduced with Topaz DeNoise AI. Masks used to lighten the pearls, the cameo, and the leaves of the flower. The image was photographed with a 50% gray background so that a textured background could be added using a layer's overlay blending mode.

8 comments posted

Paul Roth   Paul Roth
Great image Ed. I really like the detail you've brought out in the image.   Posted: 01/05/2022 14:22:37

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi Ed: Very nice still life composition with great detail.   Posted: 01/07/2022 07:33:45

Nick Delany   Nick Delany
Ed, I confess the lighting in the image confused me until I read the description of your process. You have executed what you have set out to do very well. However, the effect of lighting it on both sides does to create contradictory information as the origin of the light and makes the picture appear unnatural. As an example, look at the shadows of the two vessels on the table telling the light is coming from the left. Then the right side of the kettle has high spots suggesting it's coming from the right. The strong vignette you have applied demands a defined light source. I would also consider darkening the background to create more contrast between it and the subject of the photo.
You might onsider applying light from one direction or alternatively, working away all the shadows as you did on the lily.   Posted: 01/07/2022 18:58:40
Ed Ries
Hi Nick. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll try them out. Again, welcome.   Posted: 01/08/2022 15:53:17

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
ED - as you may recall still life is not my forte, but your image rests comfortably on my eyes and I would not change anything except perhaps to crop a little off the bottom.   Posted: 01/10/2022 06:58:17

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Ed, an excellent still life image.
Although this is a genre I struggle with I do enjoy seeing good examples.
I agree with Peter about a crop at the base.   Posted: 01/11/2022 03:34:31

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Ed
We have two amazing still life photographers in this Group Covid has a lot to answer for but has also given people time to explore and master new forms of photography.
I love the textures on all the surfaces,wonderful detail and lighting on the subjects nicely composed a very very pleasing image,which would look great printed on a textured paper.   Posted: 01/15/2022 15:00:56
Ed Ries
Ian, thank you for the thoughtful words.   Posted: 01/16/2022 09:00:02


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