Mo Devlin  


Rainbow Garden by Mo Devlin

September 2023 - Rainbow Garden

About the Image(s)

The attached image is a photo stack of 300 images. The colors were not done with any filters or tricks in photoshop. The image was shot on my sweep table. It is lit with two GoDox light panels set to oscillate through the color spectrum. As such, every time a photo was taken as the camera focus advanced, the image was with a slightly different hue and tone. The images were post processed in Helicon8 using method “”B” depth map. The image was processed in RAW and finally in PS with limited tweaking. (curves, level, contrast).
The camera was a Nikon Z9 with a Nikkor 105 macro. ISO 100, 1/50th, f11. I’ve tried this unique lighting technique with several flowers and objects. Obviously, white flowers prove to be the best palette for the colors, but it does work well with other combinations.


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10 comments posted




Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Mo: Welcome to PSA Flower Group #75.
A tremendous Kaleidoscope of flower colors throughout the frame with impressive sharpness and detail. All of the colors seem to blend together well throughout the frame. From a composition viewpoint the larger flower at the top works very well. Very stunning and creative flower photography.   Posted: 09/02/2023 00:35:17



Mo Devlin   Mo Devlin
Thank you, Murphy. The LED light panels have given me a lot of creative latitude. And I appreciate the welcome.   Posted: 09/02/2023 11:29:16



Dan McKenna   Dan McKenna
Mo, this is a very creative and fun image. Well executed for exposure and composition. My only critique is the water drops IMO detract from the creative colors you have provided. Really fun image.   Posted: 09/06/2023 13:42:02
Mo Devlin   Mo Devlin
Thanks for the input Dan. I like the drops. In fact it's not just water. I mixed some glycerine into the spray bottle. Makes the drops "stick."   Posted: 09/06/2023 21:38:04
Mo Devlin   Mo Devlin
Thanks for the input Dan. I like the drops. In fact it's not just water. I mixed some glycerine into the spray bottle. Makes the drops "stick."   Posted: 09/07/2023 06:44:56



Raymond Tice   Raymond Tice
Mo, I almost don't know what to say as this is something I have not seen before so it is an eye opener - and I don't think the water droplets detract but rather add texture. I wonder if cropping a little off the top would be useful? Thanks for sharing this with us. I wonder what the future will bring. Ray   Posted: 09/06/2023 21:05:57
Mo Devlin   Mo Devlin
Thanks Ray. I've done this with quite a few plants, flowers and seeds (milkweed). I've also done it with tree fungus and moss. Some good results, some just too much color ruining the composition. I considered a tighter crop and held off because the stems in the back colored up nice. Thanks for the kind words and the suggestion.   Posted: 09/06/2023 21:36:04



Gaetan Manuel   Gaetan Manuel
Stacking 300 shots is really a big job! Colour, texture, creativity, ... well, everything is nice in this photo!   Posted: 09/09/2023 11:37:46



Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Welcome to group 75 A wonderful first entry Amazing technique So much work! Sharp and colorful Unfortunately this choice of colors doesn't move me, but still a lovely sharp capture   Posted: 09/09/2023 21:24:06



Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
A pleasure of colors for the eyes.
I also like the water (and glycerine) drops.
A square format can be interesting? The red petal on the right can attract the attention.   Posted: 09/18/2023 04:20:06