Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2011/01/07

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Subject: [Leica] Friday Flower shot in a high-tech studio - other backgrounds and other flowers
From: at (Douglas Sharp)
Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2011 21:43:56 +0100
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Hi Alan,

thanks for taking a look and your comment about the 
background  -  backgrounds are always a problem, 
particularly with flowers shot like this.

Here's the lily against a plain background with a 
luminous, soft-light fill

and again, with a blue-white gradient replacing the 

The story behind the shot:

The Lily was part of a project I did back in early 2005 
to fill in the time "between jobs" (after my last 
contract as a geophysical consultant and not long 
before my translation business really took off) and I 
tried various backgrounds and various post-processing 
steps at the time - and I'm still not sure which are 
most appropriate.

The subjects ranged from simple crocuses

to bird of paradise flowers

and ended up being edited down to around 2500 different 
shots from which one was ultimately selected and sold 
for use on the website of a German high-end Hi-Fi 

They are still using it, too:-)


On 07.01.2011 20:05, Alan Magayne-Roshak wrote:
> On Fri, 07 Jan 2011 Douglas Sharp< at>  wrote:
>> Hi everyone - a Friday Flower from me again
>> Everything in the garden is dead or covered with snow,
>> so here's a white lily shot a while back indoors.
> ==========================================================================================================
> The flower is beautiful, but I'm afraid I'll have to say the wrinkled 
> background spoils it for me.  It just distracts (and detracts) from the 
> lily.
> Alan
> Alan Magayne-Roshak, Senior Photographer
> UPAA POY 1978
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> University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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