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Tulip Study - Inside and Out

I rescued some tulips from a vase just before they bit the dust. They were a few days past their "guaranteed 5 days" limit and a few of the petals drifted onto the hall floor as I transported the vase and its contents to the "studio".

Peeping over the petals

This was taken with my Pentax K-5 camera and Pentax 100mm f2.8 Macro Lens. Exposure 1/180 sec at f/16 100 ISO. Off camera flash was used for the main light source and 5 images were taken at slightly different focus setting, then focus stacked using Adobe Photoshop.

The final image was edited using ON1 Photo Raw 2019. Dynamic contrast and sharpening were added to the green centre using the built-in ON1 effects and slight blurring was applied to the petals to give even more contrast.


Inside the tulip

This one was taken with the same camera and lens but this time without flash. Instead a Manfrotto Lumimuse 8 LED was used handheld to provide the light source. Exposure was 1/5 sec at f/8 ISO100. Again focus stacked in the same way but this time using 11 images. This produced a massive 2GB file from Photoshop which was then edited in ON1 Photo Raw.


Same camera and lens. 1/125 sec at f/8 ISO 100. Natural light. Focus stacked from 8 images so that all three tulips are in focus.

Edited in IN1 Photo Raw where the background was replaced with black. Dynamic contrast applied and light-leak introduced.


A cropped version of the previous photo. Converted to black and white in ON1 Photo Raw and coloured textures added.


This was taken using my Pentax K-1 camera using the same 100mm lens. 1/200 sec at f/8 ISO 100. Off-camera flash was used on the right hand side as the main light source and the Manfrotto LED was used to provide a slight fill at the left. No focus stacking this time. It was taken using black card for the background.

Processed in ON1 Photo Raw. Dynamic contrast added and background selectively darkened.

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