Feb 19, 2014

Lavender Iris Flower Fine Art Photography

I always love to isolate flowers against a dark backgrounds as they really make the floral colors pop and give the image a touch of elegance. 

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Usually I choose a large enough black cardboard that I place behind the floral photographic object using the backrest of a chair for support. As a base I use the chair itself that I place in front of a window. The set up of my Macro Photography studio next to our dining room window provides exceptional and beautiful lighting conditions in the morning. White cardboards are used to enhance the light and direct the light towards the floral when it is facing away from the window. I always use a few hardcover books to stabilize and adjust the height of the flower for the optimal set up and best back-lighting impact. I often adjust the white boards to explore the impact on the lighting and better control the light on the flower blossom. Adjusting the light with a white board or using a reflector is a great learning experience for us photographers and often leads to more inspiring and beautiful fine art photography artwork. At longer exposure times a tripod is a must. I captured this purple iris in landscape and portrait format and for me both images work very well. Landscape versus Portrait format is one of the first decisions we make when taking pictures and here it worked in both images. That is not always the case and then we have to decide on the best format to support the most compelling and strongest composition. Light from behind always provides a beautiful illumination of the iris that keeps the viewer captivated. In both photographs the aperture was set to f/20 providing maximum Depth of Field and resulting in an exposure time of 1.3 seconds. An ISO setting of 100 minimized noise and provided best possible photography image quality. During post processing steps I removed dust, minimally adjusted brightness, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final images of this Lavender Iris - interested to see more floral fine art of flower like orchids, sunflowers, tulips, lilies, anemones or daisies? Please stop by my Floral Gallery.
 
Good light and happy photo making! Juergen

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