• flowers,  Lightbox,  Long time exposure

    Amaryllis

    I’ve been experimenting with macro shots or portraits that have a black background. For this I reduce the roomlight with the help of the electric shutters, the exposure time and the ISO value are increased. To improve the quality of the shots, I also used the method of frame averaging to get the RAW image with single shot and sufficient quality.
    Yesterday I was able to admire my friend Harold in a tutorial how he created LowKey HDR macro photographs using an exposure series from -4 EV to 0 EV. I tried all paths today with my Amaryllis, which I had bought 2 days ago.

    Salmon pink Amaryllis. Two exposure series at two different aperture values. © Julian Köpke

    The exposure series can be performed for LowKey pictures and HighKey pictures. Through the systematic under-exposure one can create a beautiful black background. The use of a surface spotlight creates transparencies with HighKey effect.

    Amaryllis. 25s, Automated Frame Average, longtime exposure © Julian Köpke
    Salmon pink Amaryllis on a lightbox © Julian Köpke

    The LED lightbox can be placed vertically on the wall. With two clamps you attach the black velvet as a background and loosen the clamp gently to create the HighKey image after switching on the lightbox.

    Black velvet in front of the lightbox © Julian Köpke
    Black velvet dropped behind the bouquet © Julian Köpke

    A series of exposures with 5 shots between -4 EV and 0 EV is sufficient to capture the set in high quality.

    Bouquet with Amaryllis © Julian Köpke
  • flowers,  Lightbox,  Macro

    Lockdown flower shots

    Our flower shops are sold out or closed. There’s nothing new to buy. Thank God. This allows me to take a closer look a t the seasonal flowers we have at home.

    Photographing a white amaryllis against a white background I found particularly attractive in the last few days. Because it also contains many colors that you can bring out.

    Concerning color a less courageous image is the left one, only shadows and some etheral green from inside the flower. Using Lab color mode and some ideas of my friend Harold Davis this image can get more pizzazz, as shown on the right hand side.

    White amaryllis on lightbox © Julian Köpke
    The colors of a white amaryllis on lightbox © Julian Köpke

    The plant broke off and had to be placed in a vase, but there it developed surprisingly well and even quite symmetrically, giving me the impression of antennas that listen into space because they look similar tho those with which Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson discovered the cosmic background radiation. A lightbox as background is easy to realize with a LED for the ceiling that you can get in any hardware store.

    Floral symmetry with white amaryllis © Julian Köpke

    The blossoming red amaryllis has two sides, so I had the chance to photograph them both. In my eyes, one side resembled a dinosaur’s head and upper neck as it is about reach for food. Loosely based on an Arabic proverb: „If you see the dinosaur’s tongue, don’t think he’s smiling“.

    Budding Amaryllis © Julian Köpke
    Budding Amaryllis © Julian Köpke