Carol Sheppard  

Summer Radiance by Carol Sheppard

October 2021 - Summer Radiance

October 2021 - Carol Sheppard


About the Image(s)

I took this in a local Dahlia garden last week; the day was overcast, but I used my Olympus OMD1-3 mirrorless, handheld, with the 60mm Macro lens. I've been trying to apply what I learned in a webinar by Kathleen Clemmons, where the emphasis is on a particular curve. In order to enhance this, I used NIK Color Efex to apply a greenish vignette (using a color already in my image) and some more detail through Detail Extractor. I took the vibrance down some as the pinks almost hurt my eyes! Settings: ISO200, f4.5, shutter speed 1/160th, and no supplemental lighting. I know that with a higher aperture number, I could have captured more of the flower's depth, but that's not my intention here.

6 comments posted

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
I think I might have preferred a bit more depth but that's a personal taste. The image is beautiful as is   Posted: 10/03/2021 08:50:00
Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
I understand, and for some flowers, I would have set my f stop to enable this. This was specifically to place the emphasis on that y area near the front. It is something I learned from Kathleen Clemons.   Posted: 10/04/2021 12:56:56

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
(Groups 19 & 63)
Hi Carol
As I was browsing the website your image caught my eye. It is lovely. Beautiful colors.   Posted: 10/03/2021 10:23:31
Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Thanks, Barbara!!
  Posted: 10/04/2021 12:55:48

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
What lovely texture and colour, Carol.

Personally I love the limited depth of field. I think it turns a record shot (or a technical shot) into an artistic one. Limited depth of field is both a nuisance and a blessing to us macro photographers!

If I had to be picky, I'd point to the tips of the closest petals being out of focus, and I'd prefer them to be sharp like the bulk of the closest petals.   Posted: 10/04/2021 14:08:08
Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Yes, Stuart, I see what you mean. Thank you for your input!
  Posted: 10/04/2021 17:35:28


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