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Photographing Flowers by Harold Davis

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Flowers in the Digital Darkroom

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To photograph these dinner-plate sized clematis from my garden, I first placed them on a light box. The resulting image showed transparent petals on a white background. I used a LAB inversion to position the flowers on a black background, and LAB color adjustments to enhance the already saturated colors.

Photo: 105mm, 3/5 of a second at f/36 and ISO 100, tripod mounted

Focus Stacking

The closer you get in macro flower photography, the fussier focus gets. Since “fussy” is not a technical term, let me explain. Because focus is inherently shallower as you get closer to your subject, slight variations of distance between ...

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