Photo: Flowers of Gold

Flowers of Gold
These are some golden-yellow flowers in my aunt and uncle’s yard. These were low to the ground; I had to lay in the grass to snap this, potentially exposing myself to pesticides and bugs. It’s worth it for my craft, of course!

I added a lot of contrast and brightened the sky. That was the hardest part, because I wanted the sky to be uniformly and realistically lightened, so I analyzed the dodging by setting the brightness level on the image to be very dark (with an overlay layer), and then looked for dark patches, which I’d dodge or clone out.

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Canon Rebel XTi, EF 50mm 1:1.4, 1/3200, F2.2, 50mm, ISO100, 2007-11-12T14:37:44-05, 20071112-193744rxt

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Credit me as Richard X. Thripp and link here.

One thought on “Photo: Flowers of Gold

  1. Beautiful composition… and the yellow is not too saturated as to become garish… so it’s more natural in appearance. I break out in a sweat when I’m near bugs, so I’d rather shop flowers, then I put them into some contrasting environments, or into the hands of someone whose persona says something in comparison to the flowers. It’s a little conceit of mine, but it works so well that I like to bring flower arrangement with me to remote portrait shoots. Keep up the good work!

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