Henry Heerschap  

Fair Dahlia by Henry Heerschap

September 2021 - Fair Dahlia

September 2021 - Henry Heerschap


About the Image(s)

My wife and I visited a small town county fair last month, wandering around with our cameras (both conventional and infrared). One of the halls featured the winners of a cut flower competition, including quite a few dahlias. The room was cluttered, but I attempted to isolate the flowers as much as possible. In the case of this one, I still needed to clone out some background flowers to better highlight this particular one. In normal terms, this was a bright red flower. I liked what I was able to do with my full spectrum camera with a 590 filter attached. The processing was done in Lightroom Classic using a profile based a LUT doing a red-blue swap and custom white balance. After basic exposure adjustments and cropping, I took it into Photoshop to do the cleanup and some additional contrast and dodging and burning.
Sony A6500 (full spectrum with 590 filter), Sony 18-105 f/4 lens. 105mm, 1/50 second, f/7.1, ISO 800.

3 comments posted

Gary Oehrle   Gary Oehrle
Your image gets a blue ribbon. You have done an excellent job of removing the clutter. I might not have stopped at the lighter grey across the bottom. I like the tips of the peddles and the way the red fads to white.   Posted: 09/19/2021 09:31:54

Chuck Nauman   Chuck Nauman
Henry, super processing of the original image. I especially like what you were able to do with the color of the originally red flower.   Posted: 09/24/2021 17:44:11

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
I love this flower in IR, thanks Henry, makes me want to get my IR camera out. The pp is wonderful.
I would edit out the lighter area on the bottom   Posted: 09/28/2021 11:22:52


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