Barbara Asacker  

Pink Carnation by Barbara Asacker

June 2022 - Pink Carnation

June 2022 - Barbara Asacker


About the Image(s)

Nikon D850; 90mm macro lens; two soft boxes; tripod
f/8; 2 sec; ISO 64

I shot 16 images of the flower and focus stacked them in Helicon Focus. It was processed in Photoshop. I flipped the image a few times to change the angle. The background was darkened. A gradient adjustment layer was applied to the upper right corner of the frame to darken the stem. Finally it was cropped and sharpened.

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

Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Barbara: Your Pink Carnation carries a lot of impact against the black background. Really like the placement of the single carnation within the frame biased to the right, you have followed the rule of thirds well. The entire carnation flower is very sharp in detail, sometimes white flower petals have very little texture and detail. Your added thin white border adds a nice dimension to the picture. Just a thought!! would darken down the light part of the green stem so it was the same tone the top part of the stem. Nice Work !!   Posted: 06/04/2022 00:07:01
Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Thank you Murphy. Your thoughts are always helpful. I agree the stem should be darker.   Posted: 06/08/2022 14:18:01

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
What a striking image of this carnation. As noted earlier, it really does have impact. I am enjoying the clarity and detail of the center part of the bloom and the composition your chose to present the flower. Presenting this on the dark background also was an effective choice. That being said, I find that the outer parts (white edges) of the bloom is a bit "jarring", and my eye is constantly being pulled away from the center of the bloom to the edges where there is less detail (slightly blown out). If possible, I would try to tamp down these bright areas and try to enhance the detail is these areas. It may not be possible in this case though, if these areas are truly overexposed and these is no detail to work with. Finally I find that the stem is too blurry to effectually add to the image. The contrast between the detailed bloom and the overly soft stem detracts from the overall effect (even if darkened). In collecting our focus slices this is not uncommon. When I collect my focus slices and I need to take extra efforts to ensure that my slice collection captures any stems or connecting information. This often results in capturing many more slices, but if you have a sharp stem you can always decide to blur it out to some extent later in the editing.   Posted: 06/09/2022 14:49:09

Priscilla Farrell   Priscilla Farrell
Hello Barbara, The pink carnation is placed nicely in the frame and has excellent sharpness. Although the stem is not as sharp as the rose you could try, as suggested, darkening the stem. I think it is essential to keep the stem, otherwise the rose will appear as if floating in the frame. I like the stem as shown in the original photo even though it looks as though there is some division between top and bottom of the stem. Clone tool?
True, the edges of the rose are a bit too bright but can be worked on as this is an attractive photo of a rose.   Posted: 06/22/2022 15:15:59

Alane Shoemaker   Alane Shoemaker
Barbara, I applaud your creativity in your composition by flipping the carnation. I agree with Priscilla that I like the stem in the original photo also.   Posted: 06/30/2022 23:05:51