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Yellow Edge

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 12 April 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Selective focus of iris and gentle white/neutral texture applied at 'hard light' blending mode for a more 'high key' look.

NIKON D300 2/5 seconds F/8.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Florence from Paris, France

It's a very nice effect Barbara, and it suits so well this effective crop and lovely flower.

12 Apr 2010 7:04am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

So delicate - lovely.

12 Apr 2010 7:33am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

It's really exquisite !! Like the framing and the "high key" effect. Very good work, as always... :-)

12 Apr 2010 9:21am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Frankly, I dont know 'high key' effect

12 Apr 2010 1:47pm

@MK: Kind of lighter with reduced contrast, MK. In this case, the light texture made the yellow brighter and lighter. :-)

Magrat from Germany

Good choice, love the high key effect here... just great how you managed to let the leaf margin appearing so sharp! Greetings... :)

12 Apr 2010 3:08pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Beautifully processed. Very nice composition.

12 Apr 2010 4:52pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

very sweet and delicate ,nice serie
kisses !

12 Apr 2010 6:51pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

love the composition !!! beautifully done....

12 Apr 2010 8:26pm

Dorcas from Lima, Peru

Beautiful example of the Father's creation.

13 Apr 2010 12:07am

@Dorcas: Thank you Dorcas!

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Very artful and almost abstract. I love the over-sized texture ! Lovely placement in the frame.

13 Apr 2010 6:34am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

This is beautiful! I love the tones. Great detail and composition.

13 Apr 2010 9:53am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Wonderful! I like the composition and the treatment! Well done! Now I'm going to try a similar texture.

13 Apr 2010 10:26am

@Anita: Thank you! The white board I sometimes photograph against appeared dingy, even though I use flash behind the plant to remove shadows and correct with a white point in curves when needed So, a white texture (although you have to be careful with a yellow flower) gives some depth to the bg. It will also lighten up an existing texture as a 2nd layer of texture. Like everything, we just play around to find stuff that works!

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Beautiful!! Love the composition and texture. Love it!! I would love to meet up you and photogs at Longwood!! I will have to let you know. I will definitely try! I can never get enough of that place.

13 Apr 2010 12:00pm

@Dawn: Great and thank you Dawn! Just PM me for more details, etc. Anita is coming Wed morning.

Shar from Regina, SK, Canada

This is simply beautiful! Less is more!

13 Apr 2010 8:06pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Your focal point leads the eye right into the flower. I like the texture and the high key effect.

14 Apr 2010 2:49am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Perfect processing! This has the look of a painting to me!

15 Apr 2010 3:24am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Thanks for your response. I don't use flash at all, but suppose it might help for the white, white backgrounds. It certainly works beautifully for you, or rather, you use it beautifully.

18 Apr 2010 11:16am

@Anita: Thanks, Anita. The flashes I use are the Nikon macro flashes, but sometimes a curves adjustment layer is needed. For those who haven't used this - create the curves adj. layer from the bottom of the layers palette and it will be on a separate layer. Use the white point dropper and click in the image until you get the white you want. You can go 'overboard' because, being an adj layer, you can use the opacity slider to reduce the effect! A small desk lamp shining on the board might even the light on the board too. :-)

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Thanks for the info. I do use the curves adjustment to set the white point. I also use the selective color adjustment layer for whites. Is this the flash unit you use? http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/accessories/r1c1.shtml
How does that work for a flash behind the plant?

19 Apr 2010 5:33pm

@Anita: I don't use the R1C1 system, I just use the R1. I use my D300 as the 'commander' which you can do by switching your flash from 'TTL' to 'commander' mode. My unit comes with the ring, the step rings, so you can screw it on your lens, however I just use the flashes wirelessly and place them where I want them. We can talk about these next week if you want.

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Thanks everyone for joining me 'on the edge!'

26 Apr 2010 8:47pm

2/5 seconds
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)