High-key Dahlias

This image was captured in the field at Swan Island Dahlia Farm in Canby Oregon. I was using my OlympusOM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with the Olympus ED 12-40mm f/2.8 lens attached.

I exposed for my subject and not my background (cloudy dull sky) which pushed my histogram all the way to the right. I had my highlight alerts (blinkies) set to on. The sky was partially blinking, this rendered the sky almost completely white. For the finishing touches I used Nik Color Efex and adjusted the colors.

To learn more about how to create this look in the field, check out the updated version of my eBook Bloomin’ Ideas. It is a compilation of all three of my eBooks including The Softer Side of Macro, Bloomin’ Ideas (original version) and The Art of Flower Photography.

I almost forgot, the flowers reminded me of mini Cosmos and the top flower with the missing petals is what originally caught my eye.

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16 Responses

  1. David Steele says:

    What a beautiful image. The white background works so well with this and the colours are lovely. Very sharp too. I have the same camera and lens and love them.

  2. Andrea Boyle says:

    Beautiful! I was actually out at Swan Island today, on my way back home from Portland and had fun there, too (using some of your techniques). Interested in seeing what your vision was on this trip!

  3. Sue Harvey Eberhart says:

    It’s always fun to see where your creativity takes you when you return to favorite shooting locations. This one is beautiful.

  4. Nancy Bell says:

    Love this! I’m attending this workshop with Denise and the Dahlia Farm is a flower photographers dream! And Denise is a superb instructor! I’m very glad to be here.

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