Randy Andre  

Fashionista by Randy Andre

November 2021 - Fashionista

November 2021 - Randy Andre


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Shutter speed 1/60 @f/8.0, iso 100, 55mm (24-70mm f2.8 za ssm).

I have been following Harold Davis for a short period with his backlit flowers. These flowers were cut from my wife's garden, set in a clear vase and then placed in front of a led light panel. The camera was positioned ona tripod in front of the flowers with off camera flashes positioned to the left and right of the flowers. The flowers were brightly back lit and exposed from the front with the flashes.

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6 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Randy, I've done some experimentation with backlit flowers, but not to this level. You've done a remarkable job with this image. Usually flowers are all about the color, but by removing the color, you've forced the viewer to focus on the texture and detail in the petals….and it's beautiful.   Posted: 11/02/2021 23:19:35

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Randy I am frankly amazed by the transformation from color to B&W. I gather that the lighting is how you gained such emphasis on the petal structure in the color image but I have no idea what you did next - and I would really appreciate it if you would share how you moved it into B&W because I would love to imitate it.
For me the most striking aspect of this image is that it appears to me as a pen/ink sketch. I love the confusion of the tight grouping of petals which is, I think, enhanced by the inclusion of two small examples of different textures.
Optimally, I think I would want this image to have a little color (sorry I know it is the wrong group) but not the full intensity, perhaps color merging at about 40%, to sort of add a watercolor overtone to the "drawing".   Posted: 11/03/2021 09:58:19

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Randy,
Strong impact. Great high key image. You captured sharp details and presented these flowers in a beautiful light. It looks like a painting. Lovely. Well done.   Posted: 11/04/2021 09:34:17

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Randy, I too have followed some of Harold Davis' online tutorials but mainly those in which you take a series of shots at different exposures and then combine the images and take out on each level what you don't want to keep in and this can produce a kind of 3D effect. But this method I think is different. I like what you have done and I see that you took out that stray bud and stalk as well as the vase, which was a good move. It is a high key image so it's perhaps unfair to say that some of the petals are now very white or maybe a little blown out in the lower section of the flower and maybe could be restored. Again, it's very interesting to see what a mono version of a subject normally seen in colour does bringing out far more of the flower's construction.   Posted: 11/04/2021 12:27:00

Leanne Moore
Randy, Hats off to you. This is a beautiful well lit image. By removing the distracting colour you have brought out the textures and shape of the petals and it works brilliantly.
  Posted: 11/06/2021 19:35:38

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
WOW, Looks like a pencil drawing. Lovely. The only thing I would do is to add just a little more room around the image.   Posted: 11/21/2021 19:27:08