Sullie
Sullie

Pink Gerber with Waterdrops



This is an HDR of the bottom of a pink gerber. Added water drops with a spray bottle and black velvet to the background to pop the pink. Fun fun!...
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This is an HDR of the bottom of a pink gerber. Added water drops with a spray bottle and black velvet to the background to pop the pink. Fun fun!
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chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman January 13, 2016
Love the softness of the flower and the raindrops makes it!
Sullie
Sullie September 01, 2016
Hi Chuck! I'm going over my images and again don't see my reply? Sorry! Thanks so much!
catherinethompson PRO+
 
catherinethompson July 22, 2016
Stunning. I love capturing flowers and seeing different perspectives. Love it.
Sullie
Sullie September 01, 2016
Thank you so much Catherine!
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Behind The Lens

Location
It was taken in my home studio in Southern California.
Time
In the afternoon when the sun is perfect for natural light coming into the window. I also have soft white drapes on the window to help diffuse the light.
Lighting
Because I was using natural light conditions some of the flower and stem became very dark so I did some HDR to get all of my shadows to pop. I took 3 exposures and merged them together.
Equipment
I used my Canon 5D with my Manfrotto tripod and 100mm Macro Lens. I also used a small bottle that had hairspray in it before. It's now a water bottle. :)
Inspiration
I wanted to do something different with a Gerber Daisy. I love daisy's but was tired of seeing the same type of images out there. This daisy was gorgeous it had to be photographed. So I played with a variety of compositions until I got this image.
Editing
I rarely hear of anybody doing HDR on Macro work but I do it all the time if I don't feel like pulling my lights out. Of course, I like to post-process my work too and if you're working in HDR then you're definitely going to behind the computer. I like to use Photomatix Pro but I just use this program to merge the 32-bit image so I can really pull the RAW file in Lightroom. I did go into Photoshop to remove all distractions. When you're upclose you're always cleaning your work.
In my camera bag
I have a lot of equipment but only because I LOVE to play. ShotKit did a feature on me. If you have time check it out here: https://shotkit.com/janice-sullivan/
Feedback
Make sure you have soft light and play with HDR. You don't need a lot of exposures...I'd say -2 0 +2 should be good if you have the sun coming into your window. If the sunlight is too harsh make sure you diffuse the light. You'll be happier, I promise. Also, find a great water bottle so you can make small perfect waterdrops. If you have a camera with a mirror, lock it. This way you don't have to worry about Camera Shake. One more tip, before you begin your shoot, look on the internet and try a composition that nobody has done. :)

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