Tulip

by Heike March. 29, 2020 1570 views

In contrast to roses, tulips have such a simple elegance. For me roses are rococo - while tulips are art nouveau. In springtime, I often have tulips in my livingroom, sometimes a single one, somtimes a bouquet. Often I take a picture of them and I came to the conclusion, that high key settings perfectly harmonize with the elegance of this flower. In this case my model was a special breed, extremely long, approx.70cm (27,5 inch) and the flower-head was very thick in a beautiful color mix. In my opinion the high key let the flower appear more painted then photographed.
All this photos are unedited (very unusual for me), but my challenge was, to create a different look only by changing the exposure and/or the aperture. ISO was always 100. I always used the same lens: Canon EF 100mm f2.8 L Macro IS USM.

The background were my white curtains. Partly visisble in the last photo, as well as the floor. (Believe me, it was the hardest thing for me, not to correct that before posting...It disturbs my sense of aesthetics very very much.) 😒

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1/5sec.f/4,5

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1/5sec.f/7.1

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1/5sec. f/9

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1/5sec f/2.8

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1/10sec.f/2.8

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1/25sec. f/2,8

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1/5sec F/9

1/5sec F/9

1/60sec.f/3.2

1/60sec.f/3.2

I hate it, that the captions don't work properly on PB, I needed several login/logouts until I finally had the correct value under each pic...I know, the settings are also published in the exif, but I thought for comparison it's easier to have them right below the pics.

My personal fav's are #3 - because the colors are matching most with the original colors and - funny enough - #6, because for me it looks most artsy and I can imagine it best on a white wall. And yours?

Off-topic - yes I was absend for a while and I don't know whether this will change in future. I was quite unmotivated concerning photography in the last month and I became a bit moody due to endless month of greyness outside. Now the wheather became better - but the world faces other and far worse problems. I don't want to be one of those who are complaining about the corona crisis or giving good advices - to be honest, it annoyes me meanwhile...(On the other hand I can understand, that people want to talk about it.) The only thing I wish everybody here is, that you and all your beloved stay healthy and that the current economic crisis will not burden you too much over the next few years...

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Jay Boggess 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Kool high key images! So fresh & Spring-like!

ps...thanks for "liking & favoriting" my Springtime Sunset!!!smile

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C F 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the inspiration and detailed description! 
I like 2 as it seems just a thought (I don’t know how to put it) and 3 for the complexity of color. 8 is a perfectly poised dancer. 
Thank you again and hoping the grey skies pass.

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Heike Replied to C F 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Charlie! Glad you liked it!

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Buster Bruce 8 months ago

Yes, we missed you. Feelings mutual. Stunning work

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Heike Replied to Buster Bruce 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much, Buster!

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Tsao T-F 8 months ago

Beautiful series! I like them.blush
Glad hear from you after a long absence time, My friend.smile
The world is terrible now. Please take care, stay healthy.pray

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Heike Replied to Tsao T-F 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much Tsao! Take care !

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Antonio Gil 8 months ago

What a beautiful post my friend. I love all of them (floor or no floor included) 😀. Stay safe, and welcome back

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Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 8 months ago

Thank you Antonio. Hehe, sometimes I'm really a bit over critical about my photos...smile

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Greg Blaney 8 months ago

These are very, very beautiful shots, Heike. I've never been a big fan of high key mostly because I've never been able to make photos of mine work with it. However, I've learned something from you today on how to improve on that technique. My favourite photos in this set are numbers 1 through 9 but I really love numbers 8 and 9 - they're absolutely gorgeous. Very well done, thanks for sharing.

8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Greg Blaney 8 months ago

Thank you very much Greg. I noticed that high key works quite good with some flowers, I also tried anemones, but somehow I didn't like it. Seems to depend also on the object. You definitely need a white or very light background, if you want to try it. smile

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John Wilson 8 months ago

Love #4.

Agree with your comments about the captions on PB - I sometimes have to republish seven or eight times to get them to work!

Glad to see you back publishing and hope the better weather brings better times.

8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to John Wilson 8 months ago

Thank you John! I also think in the past it was possible to write a longer text in the captions, meanwhile the space seems to be restricted. (Not that I needed more space here...grinning)

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Donna Donohue 8 months ago

just stunning! almost all of them look like watercolors. very nice.

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Heike Replied to Donna Donohue 8 months ago

Thank you Donna ! That's what I thought too, like painted. smile

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Jay Boggess 8 months ago

Love the "high key" images!

+1

8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Jay Boggess 8 months ago

Thank you Jay ! smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Heike 8 months ago

+1smile+1

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Camellia Staab 8 months ago

I really like #4 the colors pop for me. Glad you are back, you were missed, at least by me. Missed your sense of humor and your comments. Hope to see more of you and your posts. After no better time than now to do what you liked the most....editing smile

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Heike Replied to Camellia Staab 8 months ago

Thank you Camellia. I swayed between #3 + #4. I will try to be more often here...smile

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Berckmans Peter 8 months ago

A good exercise and the results are not bad.#3 and #6 are my favs.

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Heike Replied to Berckmans Peter 8 months ago

Thank you, Peter! smile

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Abigail Gossage 8 months ago

Beautiful, Heike, and a wonderful isolation project!  Very peaceful.

8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Abigail Gossage 8 months ago

Thank you Abigail!! grinning

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Francesc 8 months ago

Amazing work!!!

8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Francesc 8 months ago

Thanks too much, Francesc!! Glad you like it! smile

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