Photo Stories

The Story Behind the Photo: 3 Pink Flowers

The Photo Story

It’s been cold, snowy and windy in the Midwest United States.  At this time of year when it’s really cold and snowy outside, I like to do macro and flower photography in my basement studio.  I purchased these pink flowers at the local grocery store.

3 Pink Flowers

These flowers photos were photographed in my macro studio using a Sunpak LED 30 Video Light for front lighting.  Also used reflected light from a gooseneck desk lamp to add some light for the lower right flower.  I used black velvet cloth for the photo background.


Camera:  Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Olympus 60mm f2.8 Macro
Focal Length:  60mm
ISO:  500
Aperture:   f/22.0
Shutter Speed: 2 seconds
Exposure Compensation: 0

Post Processing

  • The photo was cropped in Lightroom 5.
  • The Dark Contrast Filter in Google’s Color Efex Pro was used to add contrast to the flowers.
  • I used the Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop CC to clean up the background.
  • Slightly sharpened the flowers using the Unsharp Filter and a Layer Mask in Photoshop CC.

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