Artistic (??) Begonia macros


Link Posted 03/03/2023 - 11:04
Playing around with one of Mrs L's begonias, trying to get something a bit beyond the 'detailed record shot of a flower' type of macro. Not enough natural light at the time so continuous artificial light used. All taken with the flower attached to the plant, which was quite a challenge since (a) the flower stems are quite fragile; and (b) the flowers wobble with the slightest vibration. Then, while moving the plant for a change of view, the flower stem broke . Thankfully, the plant is throwing out lots of flowrs so Mrs L won't notice...

K3 + Sigma 70mm macro for all, on bellows for the last one. Stacks (of course ). The first and second pictures are from the same set of images, the second one omitting about half the images to get the rear flower out of focus. The third picture needed a lot of tidying up, mainly to get rid of lots of viscious green fringes. Presumably the Sigma 70mm macro wasn't designed to be put on the end of bellows - I doubt if I'll be doing it again!

Thoughts, comments etc. welcome as always.






Link Posted 03/03/2023 - 11:16
Beautiful results, the colours are great.

I prefer 1 to 2 as it has both flowers sharp, 3 is rather special!

Somehow the petals remind me of prawn crackers.



Link Posted 04/03/2023 - 11:11
MikeInDevon wrote:
Somehow the petals remind me of prawn crackers.

My secret is out - the flower is No. 12 on the menu of the Chinese takeaway up the road .



Link Posted 04/03/2023 - 12:12
crisp and quality - nice playing around Particularly like the simplicity of no.3


Link Posted 04/03/2023 - 21:20
Tremendous detail.

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Link Posted 06/03/2023 - 09:33

I must admit that No. 3 is my favourite. It reminds me of a dancer, head held high, skirt swirling. Getting it involved a bit of luck. The angle was what I wanted but the background was whatever happened when I manoeuvred the plant while the look of the petals was just what came out of the software. And the picture as taken was actually the other way up!

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