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Macro Flower Elizabeth Park by Rick Taft

July 2024 - Macro Flower Elizabeth Park

About the Image(s)

Macro lens closeup shot of flower bloom. I was playing with macro lens and shallow depth of field.

Intent: I wanted to see what I could do with a macro shot of a fairly common subject, but using both composition and post-processing editing techniques to make a visually interesting photo without resorting to focus stacking (which I still have not mastered). Compositionally, I filled the frame with the flower and a bit of its stalk and picked as a focus point the cluster of stamens in the center. Knowing the macro lens would force a very shallow depth of field anyway, I also selected a fairly wide aperture to in effect make it worse (shallower still).

Edit: All edits done in Capture One v. 16.3. After a few basic tweaks to overall exposure and saturation, edits were all done with ah eye to distinguish between different focal “slices” of the image, but using exposure, brightness, contrast and saturation to produce visual contrast. I made two radial grad masks on separate layers, one to isolate the central area of the flower (the focal “subject”), which I brightened slightly and added a little saturation, clarity and structure. The second was all the rest of the image (copied the mask from layer 1 and inverted it) to slightly reduce brightness and saturation. I then used a set of presets on its own layer that recovered some highlights and boosted warm hues a bit. I dramatically reduced the opacity of this layer so the effect was quite subtle.

Tech details: Camera: Sony A7Riii Lens: Sony FE 90 mm F2.8 Macro G. Focal length: 90 mm. ISO: 100; f/3.2, Shutter 1/200 sec.

1 comment posted

Zina Mirsky   Zina Mirsky
Rick, your workflow explains the processes you used and I thank you. The resulting image is striking and the varied sharpness and softness within the fronds of the flower quickly captured my attention. The background is beautifully blended in light and dark to isolate the main image and keep our eyes from wandering.   Posted: 07/09/2024 19:30:00


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