Barbara Asacker  

Yellow Flower by Barbara Asacker

November 2023 - Yellow Flower

About the Image(s)

Nikon D500; 24-120mm lens@86mm; f/11; 1/250sec; ISO 100; off camera
flash; tripod

A few flowers are still blooming in my garden, so I picked this little
yellow beauty to photograph inside. The flower was set up against a
black background. I cropped, sharpened, and applied a stroke in Photoshop.

I used a speedlight. I shot several images at different power settings and different angles. I don't remember what settings or angle this image was taken. I kept shooting images, and changing the setup until I got a decent shot. No data is recorded.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
11 comments posted

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
You captured this elderly flower with lighting that highlights the color and texture. I like that the stem is still visible since it anchors the flower to the corner of the frame.   Posted: 11/08/2023 19:42:56
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Thank you, Dean.   Posted: 11/09/2023 08:45:22

Damon Williams   Damon Williams
Hey Barbara, I think the black and yellow combo (contrasting) can be really striking, as this is. Razor sharp, so good choice of f/stop, focal length, AND orientation of the subject to keep it all in the DoF (I notice that focus falls off on the stem, which is a good thing IMHO).

Did you use a modifier on the speed light? I like the quality of the light (semi-soft...I'd say). Now that you're in the artificial lighting realm, you'll be playing with hard vs. soft light a lot, and how to manage the lighting of the subject vs. the background. I'm eager to see your experiments.   Posted: 11/08/2023 22:58:57
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Thank you, Damon. I used a small diffuser that fit over the
flash head with some of my shots. This may have been one of them.   Posted: 11/09/2023 08:43:40
Damon Williams   Damon Williams
I have a feeling this might have been a diffused one. Anything you can do to make the source of the light larger softens shadow images. Sometimes that's what you want. Sometimes it ain't. Also, as you probably know, the proximity of the light source to the subject can have the same affect, since it's all about apparent angular size of the light source (not absolute or actual size) that matters. But (and sometimes for the better), this also affects the relative light on the subject vs. the background (see inverse square law). The possibilities are endless...
  Posted: 11/09/2023 08:56:11

Blair Roy   Blair Roy
Barbara, this is a wonderful capture of the last of your flowers. I really like how the stem falls off towards the bottom. The edges of the petals are so crisp and clean with the black background. As I ready about your experiments with lighting, it encourages me to try some of these techniques in the future.   Posted: 11/19/2023 16:03:26
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Thank you, Blair.   Posted: 11/19/2023 17:41:53

Rita Johnston   Rita Johnston
Barbara, this is just beautifully done. The color against the black background is really nice.   Posted: 11/19/2023 16:39:47
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Thank you, Rita.   Posted: 11/19/2023 17:41:04

Anne Sandler   Anne Sandler
Barbara, I like this flower set against a black background. I've never worked with lights, etc. so I really can't give you any tips. I just like it. I especially like the small leaf at the bottom of the stem.   Posted: 11/19/2023 21:02:18
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Thank you, Anne.   Posted: 11/19/2023 21:51:26