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Four in a Row [Explored] | by farbspiel
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Four in a Row [Explored]

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EXPLORED - Highest position: #2 on Sunday, January 29th, 2012


The story of this photo:

I have been exploring macro photography lately. You probably know me for my HDR work, and don't worry, I will keep on creating HDRs. But I was always fascinated with macro photos. However, I was fully aware that creating stunning macros is very difficult. So I studied macro photography (without practicing it) until I had a pretty good idea of how to approach it.


A few weeks ago, I bought myself a Nikon Micro 105mm lens (also a nice portrait lens), some flash equipment and a few other thing, and I started exploring the world of the small actively. This is the very first macro shot I publish. It was set up using a blue cardboard as a background, three flashes, and a Gerbera flower (of course) on my table top.


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How it was shot:

> Taken with a tripod

> Single exposure

> Camera: Nikon D7000

> Lens: Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm 1:2,8G VR


How it was post-processed:

> Post-processing was done in Photoshop

> Topaz DeNoise

> Topaz Details for bringing out the details in the petals and some basic color correction

> Topaz Infocus for sharpening

> Saturation adjustent layer (master)

> Vibrance layer (vibrance)

> All the adjustments above grouped and opacity of the group set to 60% (original exposure on background layer)



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Taken on January 28, 2012