Flower HDR

26 09 2010

Have you ever thought of taking a flower photo in HDR (for those of you unfamiliar with this technique, read basics here)? You may ask why you should even think about it when you can create lighting conditions which allow you to take great photo with a single shot. Well, one reason might be that lighting conditions will NOT always allow you to take the photo with a single shot, for example when you are visiting botanique garden and the flowers which enchanted you are on full sun, or you may simply want to try something new.

Mine was the second reason and so inspired by fantastic photos by world wide known photographer and author of many books about photography – Harold Davis, I tried this technique on roses which I bought to my wife yesterday. Some of them had  really wonderful swirls inside buds and first I tried some classic single shots like this one:

~ Rose Labyrinth ~
2.5 sec @ 100 mm, F/10, ISO 100

Even though the lighting conditions were great (taken indoors in natural light, overcast outside) I tried 3 bracketed shots with 1EV step between them This resulted into 3 photos with -1, 0 and 1 EV. Then I took the photos to Photoshop and combined them using layers and different blending modes and opacity. I was pretty surprised by the results and pleased by it at the same time.

~ Rose Labyrinth HDR ~
3 images at 1.3, 2.5 and 5 sec. @ 100m, F10, ISO 100

I like how the shadows deepened and how the colour changes from yellow to red at some places. I think it gives the photo original look. What do you think?

Enjoy the upcoming Fall!

Technical information: all photos were taken with Canon EOS 450D camera and Canon EF 100mm macro USM lens, mounted to tripod, indoors, under natural conditions.




11 responses

27 09 2010
Anita Bower

I’m delighted to see a new post from you!

When I looked at these images, I favored the first one. But, after looking at each enlarged, I started favoring the second one. Both are strong images and stand alone. I’m surprised by the results you got with HDR. I’ve wondered about using HDR with flowers but didn’t want to purchase the special software.

But, you didn’t use special software either. I believe I’ve read that post by Harold Davis, but have never tried it. You may inspire we to do so.

28 09 2010
Tomas Turecek

Thank you, Anita. Harold Davis uses this technique very often even though I haven’t seen using him an HDR title for it. It may result in really interesting results. If you like it, give it a try.

28 09 2010
Barbara Kile

Must be the time for roses! I’ve been working on a rose, but nothing yet. I like the first image. Roses can have ‘black holes’ and I don’t want to emphasize those. I prefer, as you know, the softer look. Both are lovely comps!

29 09 2010
Tomas Turecek

Thank you Barbara. more than 90% of my flower photos are with shallow DOF and here I wanted to try something different. I have one more photo of another rose centre where the central “hole” (is that what you called black holes?) is even more dominant and now I am cracking my brain how to crop it to get a fine image 🙂

30 09 2010

I actually like both shots (which means, you started with a stunning image!) I love the soft, warm mood of the first shot and the hot, burning mood of the second. Just lovely!

30 09 2010
Tomas Turecek

Thank you, Tracy!

2 10 2010

These are both stunning shots Tomas! I prefer the second because it seems to have more depth because of the higher contrast, but nothing really wrong with the first one.

4 10 2010
Tomas Turecek

Thank you, Mark. I really appreciate it!

22 10 2010

Both photos are fantastic. I never thought to tune color with HDR, I have to try it. Thanks for the tip!
Have a fun!

23 10 2010
Tomas Turecek

Thanks Doc. 🙂 I’m glad that I can inspire others. I also like to try new approaches. Within borders of flower photography, of course.

2 01 2011
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