Photography, Cycling and the Internets

Reaching for the Sun

Reaching for the Sun

More from the walk to the farm.  This time we have a happy little sunflower with some definite personality.   This flower was just begging to be photographed.  It was in a challenging location and it was tough to get an angle on it, let alone one where the camera would be still.  I love the wide range of colors in this shot.


9 responses

  1. Great shot Sean, I like the contrasts and the tones here, I noticed that you use lightroom. Do you use any other applications for post processing?

    May 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    • Thanks again. 🙂 I typically only use Lightroom for processing unless I’m doing HDR or have some serious touch-up to do. When I work with HDR, I will typically use Photomatix and occasionally Photoshop CS3. When I have to do some serious editing, I’ll get into Photoshop.

      The bee & thistle shot, it has lots of PP to give it the effect I wanted, but it was all via Lightroom. This one, is a 3 exposure HDR shot, so it was merged and tone mapped in Photomatix, then finished in Lightroom.

      May 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm

  2. Love the texture of the petals.

    May 19, 2010 at 5:28 am

  3. I never think to do HDR on flowers. Works well here to really pull out all the texture and details. Nice job, Sean. 🙂

    May 19, 2010 at 7:56 am

    • Thanks, Tracy. HDR + wind + flowers + handheld == difficult. Lots of waiting, then click click click and pray nothing moved too much. This one, and the Papaver flower worked pretty well. Hopefully I can try more. I love how much detail it brings out.

      May 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm

  4. Hello Sean. The contrast and detail on every petal is superb! Another great shot. Would have preferred a cleaner background but otherwise still an excellent shot. Nicely done! 🙂

    May 19, 2010 at 8:39 am

    • Vincent, thanks! I like the contrast and detail here as well. I messed around quite a bit to tone down the background since I found it distracting as well. In the end, I think I liked the rainbow of colors it provided and kept it.

      May 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm

  5. Yeah the detail is incredible on this, very sharp. I wish that green petal on the left wasn’t there, it’s bit distraction in a crop as tight as this. I would also add the vignette to match the tone of the flower, but I love vignette’s a bit too much.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    • I’m right there with you with the critique. I really had to focus this one down since there were tons of distractions outside the crop. Unfortunately, I didn’t have many angle options when shooting.

      May 20, 2010 at 6:32 pm

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