These flowers are so bright that they seem to glow in the morning light.
Perhaps it is the gray skies and a few raindrops, but the most eye catching blooms today were yellow.
For Cee’s Flower of the Day.
I used Topaz Studio 2 to get a painterly effect on these photos.
A chance ray of sunlight lit this rose, making it pop from the surroundings.
I continue my exploration of chiaroscuro.
This is a Renaissance painting using chiaroscuro:
I took these photos yesterday between rain showers. One typical feature of chiaroscuro is the light coming from a specific direction. In this case the sky was a mix of dark clouds and blue, when the sun hit a break in the clouds it came between some nearby trees.
Detail in the bright areas
Another feature is that the brightly lit subjects have a lot of detail. Since I wanted detail in the highlights I chose what some would consider an under exposure (I used the P mode and set the exposure compensation to -0.3) and made sure the depth of field was great enough to get the whole flower. The settings were F 4.0, 1/320s and ISO 100 the focal length was 8.8 mm (24 mm 35 mm equivalent).
High contrast between the lit subject and the dark surroundings (a.k.a., tenebrism)
I used Raw Therapee to darken the shadows without loosing detail in the highlights.
Moving the photo into the GIMP, I made a duplicate layer of the image, switched the duplicate to multiply blend mode, adjusted its opacity then used a tone curve on the resulting image to fine tune the contrast.
For Cee’s Flower of the Day and Wordless Wednesday.
Our world took a turn toward the white this week. I took these pictures a couple of days ago. Now the flowers are totally buried.
For HeyJude’s Life in Colour and Cee’s Flower of the Day.
Yellow is not prevalent in February in Seattle. For HeyJude’s Life in Colour I did a scavenger hunt for yellow while walking the dogs this morning.