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White Cyclamen Two

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 29 January 2010 in Plant & Nature.

NIKON D300 1/4 second F/16.0 ISO 125 105 mm


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Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Whoops, you might add a "little" teeny tiny bit of contrast to this one...I think it is a little too white !
The form, however, if I look very hard, is there, and it is very lovely !

29 Jan 2010 5:33am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

This is a great serie Anita, and i think a nice tribute to your favorite photograph!

29 Jan 2010 7:33am

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

On my monitor it looks just right. I wouldn't change a thing. Very nice!

29 Jan 2010 9:39am

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Another good image inspired by the photos of Ron van Dongen.

29 Jan 2010 10:40am

Chris from South Jersey, United States

white on white - pretty bold......very subtle but beautiful.....the top petal cut off is a bit distracting though....

29 Jan 2010 2:04pm

@Chris: Thanks, Chris. I went back and forth re. cropping that top petal, and I appreciate your opinion.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

My word, these last three shots are really interesting, with such a good high key technique.

29 Jan 2010 2:07pm

Dan Creighton from Pottstown, United States

Beautiful again Anita. Very well handled for a high key image.

29 Jan 2010 2:58pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

I think that this would be my favorite of the series. Very delicate and graceful. Nice work!

29 Jan 2010 3:29pm

don from spokane, United States

I like the delicate look this series has. This particular image is excellent for its fine gradation among the white tones. Top flight work.

29 Jan 2010 3:36pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


29 Jan 2010 4:05pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Another gorgeous one! I love the extreme detail at the center of the flower, then the softness tapering off....Stunning!

29 Jan 2010 8:27pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

This is just beautiful.....You're doing some wonderful work with these!!

30 Jan 2010 12:05am

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Hi Anita, may I ask what do you use as a background? I saw the photo of your home studio but I wonder if you use a white sheet of paper, or some plastic sheet or white reflector or what. I tried white paper (both matt and glossy), pastic glossy sheet and never achieved brighter background than flower. Do you also use some additional light? A flash, a lamp?

30 Jan 2010 11:09am

@Tomas Turecek: What I've been using as a BG in these photos is a piece of white foam board. I believe I angled in towards the window. I once tried using extra light on the BG, and I believe it did work. But for these photos no extra light was used. Here is another idea: When doing your RAW conversion play around with the exposure, temperature, tint, contrast, etc. settings. That might do the trick. Your photos look wonderful! Let me know.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Anita, the white cyclamen is lovely. You do nice work. I found your blog from your link on BPN.

30 Jan 2010 12:20pm

@Julie Brown: Hi, Julie! Glad you found me. You must hang out at the bird forum at BPN. I've learned so much from the Macro forum! A great community over there.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Hi Anita. I am new to am3 as well as BPN and am finding it to be both educational and fun! I have read a lot in the bird forum and posted my first image in the macro forum last night.

30 Jan 2010 1:48pm

@Julie Brown: AM3 is for fun and support and community. BPN is to grow and learn and community. Welcome to both!

Betsy Barron from Chester Springs, PA, United States

wow! I'm blown away by this shot, Anita - it is powerful. and gorgeous, and very creative

31 Jan 2010 1:19pm

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Stunning high key image Anita. Love the soft elegant feeling, beautiful work as always.

1 Feb 2010 2:05am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

This is daring and it works wonderfully. By the way, the crop doesn't bother me because the angle of the image is down and to the "end" of the flower. So keeping the top petal wouldn't really substantially improve that sense of visual movement, which is already successfully achieved with this crop. But I certainly don't know how to photograph flowers, so it's just a humble comment.

2 Feb 2010 4:23am

Samantha from Toronto, Canada

Amazing! What a beauty. Well done!!

2 Feb 2010 7:10am

Diane - Daily Walks from SF Bay Area, United States

The subtlety of this combined with the absolute detail is just stunning. Beautifully rendered!

4 Feb 2010 3:55pm

Mike Moats from Sterling Heights, United States

Awesome image Anita!

17 Feb 2010 11:36pm

@Mike Moats: Thank you!

1/4 second
ISO 125
105 mm