Charles Ginsburgh  

Sunflower (Sans Petals) by Charles Ginsburgh

June 2021 - Sunflower (Sans Petals)

About the Image(s)

I can’t seem to get enough of these flower shots. It’s not that I like flowers, but rather that there is such a variety and depth to these images that it represents a challenge to get a few “really good” images. Here I took a sunflower bloom which was definitely ‘past it’s prime’ and removed all but one of the yellow petals. I find that the green supporting structure is often as interesting as the full bloom. I applied some directional light and processed the image to reveal the subjects native texture. Finally I added a rough texture to the image background to complement the subject’s texture.

Here I used my Canon R6 mirrorless camera with an EF 100 mm f/2.8 macro lens with the following settings; f/8.0, 1/15 sec, ISO 200 to collect 22 slices, and stacked (in Zerene Stacker) and processed (in Photoshop) the image. I could have captured this image as a single shot (using f/18 to f/22), but since I was shooting stacks for several other images, I defaulted to shooting a stack. Here I was hoping to focus upon the detail and texture, so shooting a stack ensured that I would capture this aspect of the image.

3 comments posted

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Charles, Your image is proof that a good image doesn't have to be at the peak of perfection. Indeed you have proved that an old and dying flower can make a beautiful image. To my eye for some reason the leaf in back of the flower head was a bit distracting. Just for play I was wondering how your image would look in monochrome. What do you think?   Posted: 06/09/2021 13:16:57
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Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Love this image. The leaf in the back provides a balance in my opinion. Leaving the one yellow petal is the magic here, which is only enhanced by the background and the upward tilt of the flower head. Lighting is great. Wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 06/18/2021 14:20:19

Michael Ross
Very interesting: the "hairy" structure along the stem adds an element that I am not used to seeing in sunflowers. It would be interesting to compare this image with one taken at f18-22 with best focus on stem   Posted: 06/18/2021 14:51:25


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