Flowers

Formatting (two Photographs)

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Portrait and landscape formats of the same photograph with slight but important changes in composition. The rule of thumb for professionals was to shoot both of everything. Portrait was great for magazines, books, and landscape was good for everything else (only the best got a two page spread of a landscape). What is the best format for the web, it depends on the website and the computer screen. With small screens a portrait format might not show fully. Some websites are better with landscape. So do the research or like me do what’s best for the photograph.


Experiments (Three Photographs)

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These are the results of some experimentation on my part in flower photography post-production; basically working on the balance between the subject and the background. A finer balance than I thought.


End of Season (Three Photographs)

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In one of the articles I read about flower photography it said you should look for the perfect flower. I think by that they meant flowers at the height of their beauty, without blemishes, and not the perfect flower for a photograph.


Tulips (Two Photographs)

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I sometimes find flowers difficult to process or at least time-consuming. Some photographers set a time limit and if a photo takes longer than x minutes they abandon it. In my case I am not looking at the clock, I’m looking at the work, and if I don’t like it then I don’t believe anyone else will either. I experiment and share, but the practice has to work for me.


Floral Improvements (Three Photographs)

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Four things I like in a photograph of a flower: detail, lighting, contrast and a clear idea of the subject. Of course there are more things to consider like picking the flower to shoot, and colour over black and white. However, detail, lighting, contrast and a clear idea of the subject are the most important elements photographers need to work with.

 


Flowers (Three Photographs)

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These are garden flowers taken from the street. I included a colour version of one of them. It underlines why I prefer these shots in Black and White and why I took them in B&W (Acros-R for the Fuji fans, brought into Lightroom and converted to Adobe Standard and then back to B&W with Tonality Pro). With many flowers the colour rightfully overwhelms detail, while B&W gives back the detail and some creative Photoshopping gets the subject flower to stand out a bit more. Hopefully the contrast is not overblown.


Flower (Two Photographs)

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I might spend more time than I should reading about photography and sometimes it gives me ideas. I read a number of articles on photographing flowers and the widely differing approaches to the subject. One of the themes that ran through them all was the creative use of depth of field. This may be an extreme example but it makes the point about what is possible.