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Mirrored Diffusion

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 14 January 2010 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

This is a flower image shot using the 'shooting through' technique - placing color from other flowers right up against the lens and shooting with a wide open aperture through that diffusion of color with the main subject in focus. I then mirrored this in Photoshop, almost giving the appearance of a flower in a vase. No texture used here, but it does look like a watercolor quilt fabric!
Original image here:

NIKON D300 1/800 second F/3.3 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

To me this is a unique idea...I don't know the technique...and it is truly lovely and enjoyable.
A beautiful color-rich abstract !!

14 Jan 2010 6:09am

@Dulcie: See answer to Jen below. You can do this! Thanks!

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

How lovely. Reminds me very much of Art Nouveau.

14 Jan 2010 7:46am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

It really looks like a aquarel! I like this picture:)

14 Jan 2010 10:31am

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

This is amazing. I love the texture.

14 Jan 2010 11:13am

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Oh, WOW! This is amazing! Excellent idea and realization. I like the colour range, the composition and the creativity, of course.

14 Jan 2010 1:26pm

@Tomas Turecek: Your turn to try some - see description below in Jen's post. Thanks, Tomas!

zahra from shiraz, Iran

great,very nice.

14 Jan 2010 2:47pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Thank you so much for sharing what I have come to believe to be YOUR technique. Trust me I have scratched my head many times wondering "How did she do that?". Thanks again!

14 Jan 2010 3:55pm

@Ralph Jones: Further comment in Jen's post below. Thanks, Ralph!

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan

beautiful image.
I love your colors!

14 Jan 2010 4:30pm

Jen from Bartlett, United States

Didn't know you could do that! Very interesting. Barbara- do you "teach" your techniques anywhere?

14 Jan 2010 8:15pm

@Jen: I love to teach, so maybe I should, Jen; :-) however, to 'shoot through' use a macro or a good lens that you can shoot at f/2.8 - 3.5 range. The diffused color should be almost touching the lens, but in a way you can see through it to your distant subject. The 'wide open' aperture allows for the fact that you don't want any of your diffused flower/color to be in focus. 'Shooting through' is a great technique when you want to eliminate distracting backgrounds and create an image with a nice color wash. As for the mirroring in PS, google some tutorials, but they are pretty easy. If you REALLY like flower photography, I would strongly recommend an online class by Tony Sweet called 'Fine Art Flower Photography' on www.betterphoto.com. He's made a living photographing flowers - among other things. Another great source: Kathleen Clemons through the online classes at: www.ppsop.com. They know each other, so you'll get some similar things. Both sites are great sources for a class of your interest! I know Tony personally, so if you contact him, tell him HOWDY from me! Sometimes I do some teaching on my writing blog, but those posts are basically 'food for thought' posts. Thanks for stopping by! Let me know of your results! (might have to wait for spring flowers however!)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

So exquisite!

14 Jan 2010 8:20pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

wonderful work you've done!!! might have to try this sometime, so thanks for the info, too!!!

15 Jan 2010 1:48am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Wonderful! I had never heard of "shooting through" (I have done it by accident, but that doesn't count!)
Thank you so much for the explanation, I will give this a try very soon!

15 Jan 2010 3:55am

Eduardo from Bahia Blanca, Argentina

Beautiful image! I like it very much...!

15 Jan 2010 4:46pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

beautiful processing ,barbara !
kiss !

15 Jan 2010 5:12pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very creative. I like the original too.

17 Jan 2010 3:37am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Amazing and creative and great colors! I like this technique that you used!

17 Jan 2010 5:02am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Wow! I never even heard of this technique! It's gorgeous!

17 Jan 2010 7:03am

Ed Vatza from Lehigh Valley, PA, United States

What's not to love? The color, the texture, the comp are all perfect. Excellent work. This is, to me, becoming your look, your style and it is wonderful.

20 Jan 2010 10:23am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Thanks everyone for stopping by to visit and comment!

20 Jan 2010 2:47pm

Stephanie from Texas, United States

Wow....beautiful! I have heard of this but I never saw an example that made me want to try it...until now! Fabulous!

22 Jan 2010 7:01pm

@Stephanie: Thanks much, Stephanie!

Marie from FRESNES, France

jolies couleurs.

30 Jan 2010 5:04pm

@Marie: Thanks for visiting, Marie!

1/800 second
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)