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To create the images above I started with an old Hydrangea and took each delicate petal off of the stem and placed them onto the Lightpad (I didn’t spend a lot of time placing them as I didn’t want them to look too contrived), next I photographed the flowers using my Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera and my Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Autofocus Lens, mounted on my Gitzo GT3530LS Tripod. I chose an f/13 and used mirror lock-up and a remote. I wanted to be sure to capture a very high-key image so I exposed to the far right on my histogram checking carefully not to get too many blinkies (highlight alerts) on my flower petals, by doing so the background would render bright white.
The very top featured image was processed using a slight curve adjustment and Nik Color Efex 4 (use code BAA to save 15%) with the slightest amount of Topaz Simplify. The blue version was processed using Nik Color Efex 4’s Cross Balance Filter- Tungsten to Daylight at a reduced opacity.
Flower Photography Seminar/Workshop March 22-23, 2013 ~ $99 with Denise Ippolito
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