36/365 - The Key of G

Explored high-key today with my gerbera daisy (they're guaranteed fresh for 5 days, but I promise no more gerbera pics this week!). Shot it in front of my upstairs window and then edited it a bit in camera raw. I'm not sure if I attained true high-key, as I just didn't have the stuff for the set-up from the tutorials I read on it. But it was fun to explore a bit anyhow. If anyone knows of any "high-key for the hobbyist" tutorials, let me know!
This is amazing, spot on focus. How did you get the background so whte? Just the light from the window? Great job!
posted January 5th, 2013  
Oh my faveness! Love gerber daisies...love high key. Amazing:). Happy weekend, Mandy!
posted January 5th, 2013  
@gladysmg I think this shot, I overexposed +3 so that got the background mostly white - I was in my upstairs too, so the grass and whatnot was further away. Plus, it was an overcast/rainy day. So then in camera raw, I brought up the high end even more and ended up sucking most of the color out. I played around with it then and even turned it b&w, but then my husband suggested bring a hint of color back in. So quite a bit of editing! :)
posted January 5th, 2013  
@amandalomonaco Thanks so much for the fave and the comments! Have a great weekend too!

@shirleytemple Thank you! I'm still not sure if I 100% "get" it. It's fun experimenting, though!
posted January 5th, 2013  
Beautiful shot! Well done!
posted January 5th, 2013  
nice!
posted January 5th, 2013  
lovely capture
posted January 5th, 2013  
Beautiful shot !!
posted January 5th, 2013  
It is so stunning!
posted January 5th, 2013  
This is absolutely stunning, Mandy. A fav.
posted January 5th, 2013  
Beautiful image!
posted January 5th, 2013  
You did a brilliant job, it is just beautiful.
posted January 5th, 2013  
Beautiful image the focus is amazing and high key really works. Also think the diffusion at the edges of flowerhead into white adds to the creativity of the image :- love it
posted January 5th, 2013  
Wow if this is what high key looks like I think I may have to investigate it myself as well. FAV!!
posted January 5th, 2013  
Gorgeous!!
posted January 5th, 2013  
Ana
Stunning
posted January 5th, 2013  
beautiful, Mandy!
posted January 5th, 2013  
Love this. Love the softness and the almost dreamy feel. Gorgeous work.
posted January 5th, 2013  
This is really beautiful Mandy.
posted January 5th, 2013  
Very Pretty and refreshing for me. It's cold & dark here in the north and this reminds me of spring!
posted January 5th, 2013  
Pretty soft pink!
posted January 5th, 2013  
Instant fav from me ! So beautiful. I think I need to investigate high key ( and low key...lol) too !
posted January 5th, 2013  
Crazy beautiful! Fav.
posted January 5th, 2013  
now this is high key! amazing shot :)
posted January 5th, 2013  
this is so beautiful!! LOVE it!!
posted January 5th, 2013  
So pretty and delicate.
posted January 5th, 2013  
I think your husband gives great advice. I love the soft hint of pink, well done. It's beautiful.
posted January 5th, 2013  
Love it with the white backing. Beautifully delicate feel
posted January 5th, 2013  
Stunning! Beautiful!
posted January 5th, 2013  
Really beautiful! Love the high key and all the detail you still acheived!
posted January 5th, 2013  
This is a lovely shot ..... so beautiful :)
posted January 5th, 2013  
gorgeous shot!
posted January 5th, 2013  
agreed, the color really adds to it, although I'd love to see the bw
posted January 5th, 2013  
Fav! This is beautiful!
posted January 5th, 2013  
Stunning. Love the light. Fav
posted January 6th, 2013  
Excellent high key Mandy! Love the light touch of pink. :)
posted January 6th, 2013  
Oh I love this!!! Been wanting to try high key! You have inspired me!!
posted January 6th, 2013  
Fav! I love a soft color :)
posted January 6th, 2013  
Beautiful
posted January 6th, 2013  
stunning!
posted January 6th, 2013  
WOW This is so very gorgeous! :) I love the high-key shot! :) Super colors and details!
posted January 6th, 2013  
love, love love it!
posted January 6th, 2013  
Very nice! I love it! :D

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posted January 6th, 2013  
Love this! Beautiful high key! Love the soft tones!
posted January 6th, 2013  
STUNNING photograph!!
posted January 6th, 2013  
Just beautiful. So so soft.
posted January 6th, 2013  
Lovely shot!
posted January 6th, 2013  
this is beautiful!
posted January 6th, 2013  
congrats on the PP Mandy!
posted January 6th, 2013  
Beautifully focused,and such a delicate colour!!
posted January 6th, 2013  
Beautiful! Wonderful light!
posted January 7th, 2013  
posted January 7th, 2013  
Magnificent shot, so soft, well done.
posted January 7th, 2013  
Amazing shot, and my girlfriends (second) favourite flower.
posted January 7th, 2013  
@pachelbel @cyos Thank you so much!
posted January 9th, 2013  
This is one of my favs Mandy. How did you edit it? I have Photoshop but to be quite honest it confuses the hell out of me and I long to learn these sort of techniques, they really bring out the beauty of subjects such as flowers.
posted January 9th, 2013  
@pachelbel Hey! Let me see if I can remember...

I shot it in RAW first of all - set it up in my upstairs window so the background was already pretty light. Shot it at +3 exposure and it was a bright red gerbera (from the pic a few days before). When I put it in Camera Raw, I brought up the higher end of the spectrum and played around with the settings in there until it ended up muting the colors quite a bit to where it was stark white background and very pale pink flower. Then, out of Camera Raw and directly in Photoshop, I painted in a little white around the edges of the flower to soften them and added in a small amount of white vignetting with the lens distortion filter to soften the bottom left corner (the other corners were white - I got rid of all hint of window/backyard colors when I brought up the high ends in Camera Raw.

Anyhow, back to Photoshop...then, I converted it to grayscale using this B&W action I really like. Husband liked it, but thought I should have at least a little color back in, so I took the b&w version and set it as a layer on top of the pink version and set that layer to soft light and lowered the opacity until I liked the mix. (That's actually one of the thingsI like to do to increase contrast - I did the same on my lemon picture - did a b&w version of the shot on soft light and decreased the opacity) And I might have played with the hue and contrast just a little more, but that's about it. It's more editing than I usually do, but I was just having fun with the art of it.

Hope that wasn't too long winded!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Oh thank you so much for taking the time to send all of this detail, not sure I can get my head around it just yet but it certainly has given me a few ideas to carry on with. I am still at the "beginners" stage when it comes to processing but I am enjoying the challenge and always willing to learn. Once again thank you Mandy.
posted January 10th, 2013  
This is gorgeous
posted January 11th, 2013  
Tim
Beautiful image. Wonderfully processed. I love this one.
posted January 11th, 2013  
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