Paul Smith  

Bottoms Up by Paul Smith

June 2021 - Bottoms Up

June 2021 - Paul Smith


About the Image(s)

Just recently, I purchased a few items from B & H. After they arrived, I received a message containing three Tutorials, B & H offers as "Tips and Techniques”. One was a discussion on : “Don’t Do It The Same Way Everyone Else Does? In this case, try shooting flowers from the underside. My June entry, entitled Bottoms Up utilizes that tip. And nearby, I offer the same flowers from top down. Leica V Lux1 set at Macro 35 mm…

8 comments posted

Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Paul, I like this perspective. I might take this as a challenge to build a portfolio this summer of the undersides of flowers at a local botanical garden.
  Posted: 06/10/2021 09:25:05
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
To Jerry and Ed, many thanks for your kind comments   Posted: 06/10/2021 12:55:36
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Jerry, I will be very interested in seeing your "New Summer Gallery" from the Botanical garden.   Posted: 06/10/2021 13:01:25

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
I think the original is pretty good, but I REALLY like the creativity you show with the perspective of the "Bottoms Up" view. For me it creates a sense of interest and has me thinking of all kinds of questions as to how you positioned yourself for that shot. I like the way the light highlights the petals of the flowers, with the white dominating the image and having the dark background. The lighting and the contrast make, for me, the main elements of the image and I believe they have been very well done.   Posted: 06/10/2021 12:19:47
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Ed, I captured this, and several other images, by getting on my knees and sticking the Leica under the flowers. I found my neighbors giving me a strange look. This trick seemed to work best with a Macro lens or a 10mm wide angle. Thanks for your comments.   Posted: 06/10/2021 12:59:32

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Very well done Paul. Getting the focus right must have been a lot of fun but the results are definitely worth it. Interesting that you also got a dark background while looking towards the sky. Any explanation on your exposure?   Posted: 06/14/2021 22:02:41
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
The sun was almost directly above. The camera was pointed at a dark grey fence...
you may see light coming through the slats.   Posted: 06/17/2021 12:01:41

Mark Bargen   Mark Bargen
Very creative. I don't think I've got the required physical dexterity! I do really like the resulting play of light and shadow. I think it's got legs as a B&W, too, if you care to play around with that.   Posted: 06/20/2021 19:08:15


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