Posts tagged “Flora

Flower Photography (Two Photographs)b

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I seem to take a greater number of photographs of flowers than any other subject. I tend to think of myself as an opportunistic photographer, who will take shots of anything of interest and who is always trying something new in photography. But given the numbers, I cannot avoid the statistics that call me a flower photographer.


Looking Down in the Fall (Two Photographs)

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There is a saying in photography, “look up, look down, look around and you will find something to shoot”. It got hammered into me when I started photography and it has stuck with me as a mantra about finding things to photograph.


Evil Green (Two Photographs)

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Green is often the nemesis of the nature photographer. You might see a bird and it looks wonderful but when you look at the photo at home there is green caste to the photo. While it’s usually possible to remove, it’s never as easy as one would like (e.g. a white balance fix is not enough and you need to isolate the green with any number of processing tools to remove it).


Logs in Fall (Two Photographs)

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The forest floor offers a lot of photographic opportunity. I am continuing my exploration of black and white, discovering options. Because I am thinking in black and white the photos I want to do in black and white are taking less time to process them.


Legerdemain (Two Photographs)

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I prefer the term legerdemain to “taking liberties” in editing. In most of my work things stay pretty much as I saw them, though sometimes an idea to enhance or alter reality comes into play; some of the many software tricks of modern processing seem like magic. In this case the faded pastels, and starker then real bouquet.


Observed Space (Two Photographs)

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These photos reflect exactly what I saw in my viewfinder. The few changes I made in post processing were to ensure that result in the final copies. As for the title, when I saw it once in a museum I guessed the artist had run out of imagination. I have borrowed that lazy out for impact but in truth it’s all about light.


Which One? (Two Photographs)

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These are separate photographs, I simply went from holding the camera in landscape to holding it in portrait format. I think there is a dramatic difference as a result of the format, with portrait version a much more dramatic and stand-out photograph. Many pro photographers insist on taking their photos in both formats as insurance.


Field of Flowers (Two Photographs)

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I am getting increasingly confident in my black and white efforts. So this week I will feature for the most part, shots I took and visualized in black and white. All shot with the Fuji XT-3 (ACROS+r) and the 18-55mm 2.8 lens.


Cold Blues (Three Photographs)

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These were taken when the weather was cold which is the reason for the cold blue sky. It is surprisingly easy to change this in post processing and “warm-up” the colours. Many editing software packages have tools that create a fall feel to a photo or make changes to the colours of foliage and flowers. I prefer to keep the original colour, but it’s always an option to make changes.

 


Abstract Flora (Three Photographs)

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I enjoy playing with editing software occasionally, though my preference is for natural looking photographs. Some subjects just lend themselves to manipulation such as in these high contrast Black and White photographs.


Daylily (Two Photographs)

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The daylily is a common flower in the wild and in the city. The background suits this flower in black and white or colour. A narrow depth of field helps it stand out. In some cities an appetite for flowers can be satisfied by a city walk and I am often pleasantly surprised by what I see in terms of good backgrounds.


Tulips (Two Photographs)

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These photographs show the effects of isolating flowers in a group. In this case I have done one photo in colour and another in black and white to make the point that the technique works in most situations.


A Forest View (Two Photographs)

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I wanted a scene with a lot of contrast and the colour version shows the work I did to saturate and increase the contrast, it makes the black and white so much easier. That is one of the tricks I have learned to get black and white shots the way I like them.


Bouquet (Two Photographs)

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Photography has an element of imagination to it. You want your viewer’s imagination to be engaged. One technique is to have something in the photo that does not quite fit or stands out. An example, I have seen more than once, is a well composed photo where some things you would expect to be in focus are just a bit soft. Here that is more evident in the black and white than the colour version.


Grasses (Three Photographs)

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In these photographs I was mainly playing with contrast. The idea of shooting dew on grass appeals and I may try this again with a wider depth of field to see what effects I can get. This is an example of taking something simple and finding a way to get more impact into the photograph.


Lupine (Three Photographs)

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Using Skylum’s Luminar my objective was to get the same tonal contrast and detail as I get in Intensity CK Skylum’s discontinued legacy software. The old preset of Even Balance is something I will miss when it no longer works on MacOS. These Lupine flowers were developed with my replacement preset.


Flowers Done in Luminar 2018 (Two Photographs)

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Most modern software apart from Lightroom and Photoshop, automatically apply too much colour saturation for my taste. Though I suspect this is because that is what the majority of photographers want. You just have to pull back the sliders to avoid this. I have tried these flowers with a bit more saturation to see how it goes. By the way, a photograph to be processed in black and white will benefit from a bit more contrast and saturation.

 


Nature (Two Photographs)

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I called this set nature but it was the processing that interested me; higher contrast, more detail, a bit abstract. Not every experiment works or has the impact I would wish, but at the very least they help my thinking for future ideas.


Flowers (Two Photographs)

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These could easily have been processed in colour, but I am working on some new ideas in contrast. They say photography has a steep learning curve but to some degree it’s getting easier for everyone. Mirror-less cameras with “what you see is what you get” viewfinders, and easier to use processing tools have removed some of the difficulty but working on contrast is still challenging.


A Confusion of Flowers (Three Photographs)

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One thing I like in all of my photographs is texture, be it detail in feathers, the veins of leaves or the bark of trees. But sometimes in a larger photo containing many things, the photo itself seems to take on texture and this is often more obvious in black and white. The tonality itself has a texture-like feel to it. It is one of the reasons black and white is so appealing.


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.


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.