By J.L. Sofka
21 Jun 2010
Capturing a beautiful floral image is no easy task. There are so many obstacles to overcome such as distracting things surrounding the flower, overblown highlights and muddy shadows. Also, groups of flowers are not usually interesting unless they can be offset somehow from the background. Besides, flowers in a bunch and foliage often look clumpy. I must have taken at least a few thousand flower shots and can count on one hand the number of top quality images. It's not the equipment as I have a Nikon D90 with a $900 lens. The problem lies mostly with digital technology. I've given up on most red and orange flowers; the colors are not natural. Pinks are easy to get and yellows are sometimes okay depending on the lighting. White flowers are a real challenge. So my solution has been to use Corel Paint and rework the images. Here is a sample of some digital floral paintings.