Chris Reinhold  

Calla Lilly by Chris Reinhold

July 2024 - Calla Lilly

July 2024 - Chris Reinhold


About the Image(s)

We have Calla Lilies in our front garden, and I have wanted for the last couple of years create a black & white image of these flowers. This year I finally got around to making that image. As part of creating this image I also wanted to try out a couple of new approaches for capturing and processing closeup images. Here are the steps I used to create the image.

- Use focus bracketing in the Canon R5 to capture 20 images
- Processed through DxO PureRAW to remove any noise and apply lens corrections
- Used focus stacking in Helicon to take 12 of the 20 image to create a combined image (the output is the included "unprocessed" image)
- Used Lightroom Classic to enhance image and remove blemishes
- Export to Nik Silver Efex for the black and white conversion

Canon R5 with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro, 1/10 sec f/8.0 ISO 320

8 comments posted

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Nothing like the simplicity of a single Calla Lilly in BW. You put some work into your submission and it shows.

I wondered if there was a way to coax a little more texture in the petals without losing the pure white. I used the NIK Color Efex Detail Extractor which helped and then I placed a LR adjustment brush over the Petals increased the clarity, white, and exposure sliders

Emil   Posted: 07/03/2024 14:35:25
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Chris Reinhold   Chris Reinhold
Thanks for the feedback. I used the Structure setting in Nik Silver Efex to give the petals extra texture. Using the midtones slider, I can add more texture to the petals. I did spend some time moving the slider to different points. I didn't want too much texture as I wanted to keep some softness to the flower.   Posted: 07/03/2024 19:02:27

Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi Chris,
I decided to add some texture to the flower,
i used the filter Luminar 4, and added:
1. HDR Smart Structure: +100
2. HDR clarity: 37
3. HDR Microstructure: -19
in photoshop I reduced the transparency to 57%, added a mask and went over the flower with a brush.

Your thoughts?
Israel   Posted: 07/07/2024 05:46:05
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Chris Reinhold   Chris Reinhold
Thanks Israel for your feedback. Both you and Emil mentioned adding more texture. I can definitely add more texture to the flower. In your mind, how does this improve the image? I am struggling with the "why" in adding more texture.   Posted: 07/09/2024 19:18:47
Israel Yosef   Israel Yosef
Hi Chris,
I went to my balcony garden now and checked the flowers, all the petals of all the flowers have texture, there are no petals that are completely smooth.
But in general it's a matter of taste, as you like.
I like your edit too.

Israel   Posted: 07/10/2024 07:30:24
Chris Reinhold   Chris Reinhold
Thanks for your feedback, Israel. I went back and compared the uncompressed version in Lightroom with the JPEG version. Looks like the compressed version removed the texture from the flower. In the original version, there is texture in the upper left of the flower but not in the JPEG version. I may have had compression turned up too much. Next time, I'll to make sure I compare the original version with the compressed version.   Posted: 07/17/2024 20:51:27

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Chris, while I agree with others that real flower petals have texture, I find that it's the graceful shape of the petals appeals to me. With that in mind, I played with your image in Camera Raw to emphasize the "S" formed by the petals. This entailed reducing texture and slightly modifying the light.

Your thoughts?

  Posted: 07/16/2024 18:36:09
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Chris Reinhold   Chris Reinhold
Thanks Pete. I did play with the lighting with the flower quite a bit which was the fun part of creating this image. I like how you emphasized the S shape of the flower.
  Posted: 07/17/2024 20:54:47


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