A work colleague helped me organise an event a while ago and I promised her some photos as a thankyou. Her favorite flower is gerbera and favourite colour is pink.
So spotting a bunch of quite pink gerberas in the supermarket meant I finally got the chance to shoot those images.
Started with my 100mm F2.8 IS L Canon Macro lens, switched over to the Nifty Fifty Canon 1.8 50mm lens and back to the Macro.
Gerbera are a large flat flower so difficult to capture all of it with the macro lens. So I decided to do a variety of different images to get all different aspects of the flower.
Setup a still life set with a drape of white fabric as the background, using window light filtered through a net curtain as the light source. It was dull and overcast outside so these are shot at around ISO 400, using a tripod as the shutter speed was too slow for handheld.
This was a good learning exercise for me. Still Life in general I have found to be an excellent way to make myself slow down, to think and breathe, be in the moment. To stop and see and think, to compose the image with thought and impact.
Dressing the set I have found to be quite challenging, it is easier now I have props like swathes of white fabric, old books, vases and other useful and decorative things.
Still Life has taught me even more about learning to see and use light better and also not to be afraid to shoot in poor light, because it has also taught me much about post processing too.
This is a completely unedited RAW file of the second image – the difference is all the other images were edited in Lightroom using some of Kim Klassen’s Studio presets (I love them for this kind of work)
EDIT: As requested – this is the Develop Basic panel in Lightroom – showing the settings for the second image on the page AFTER the preset had been applied – I edited the image to a normal exposure and then applied the preset. I did bump the exposure up even more than the original to get the really washed out dreamy look.
Such a difference! Who would have thought you could get a soft dreamy delicate floral portrait from the above image? I started doing two of Kim’s still life online courses and this is one of the things she has taught me.
All the edited images were originally processed in LR6 – some have had a very soft texture added on top in Photoshop.
This is a very new style for me and I am liking it quite a lot. Setting the scene is a challenge for me, I strive to keep it clean and simple yet still tell a story.
I cannot decide on my favourite of these images – each one has appeal.
Which one do you like? Why?