The irises are out

June 02, 2014  •  5 Comments

Why should sunsets be the only theme I beat to death? Let's throw flowers into the mix too. As I said somewhere else on this site, taking pretty pictures of pretty flowers is not exactly an original thought. Good thing I'm not here to generate original thoughts! My goal when I photograph a flower is to try to find some way to add something to the beauty of the flower through the process of capturing and processing the image. 

An iris with some iris buds and a tulip in the background. I took about 50 photos of this iris, but this is the composition that stood out for me.

The iris below was being abused by a strong, gusty wind, and the windswept look caught my attention as something a little unique. This one has a bit of an impressionist look about it. Hmmm... tempted to take it into photoshop and have some fun with it.


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5.Indian(non-registered)
This is Awesome... I really thought there are some post processing elements that made that picture look like what it is. Great composition, great frame. Great great great background.
4.David Forster's Photography
Well, first, it's not a macro shot... :) . It was taken with my 24-105mm f/4 lens at 105mm and F/4. And other than a white vignette in this case, it actually has similar post-processing to the other one. What you are seeing is purely bokeh. I did go a little heavier on the highlights and shadows, but that had almost no effect on the smooth mid-tone background.
3.Indian(non-registered)
Hmm.. thats interesting. My brain can understand the Bokeh on the Bottom pic (the flying flower) but on the top, it looks like a painting, water color, Never seen something like that in any of my close Macro shots. I have never tried a Macro Lens yet, so it could be my ignorance that made me think there is high postprocessing
2.David Forster's Photography
Actually, the post processing isn't that heavy heavy at all, Indie. Sharpening, a little bit of what aperture calls definition (vibrance in photoshop), moderate adjustments to highlights, shadow and mid-tone contrast and a vignette. Standard adjustment for me. The surrealistic feel to the background is the result of the bokah being applied to the blowing grass in the background.
1.Indian(non-registered)
Very Heavy post processing on the background. I have downloaded Gimp. Trying my hands on it.. Nice Pics.
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