“Success is dependent on the glands—sweat glands.” ~ Zig Ziglar
One Iris, 7 ways.
When I say I can work the same flower for hours, this is what I mean. This post shows 7 different captures of a single, glorious Iris.
Stop and consider for a moment the captures I didn’t work with in post… The file names for these images tell me they span the 49th through the 71st shots I took.
All shot with the same camera and lens (Nikon D810 and Lensbaby Velvet 85) and same tripod (though some where handheld, because these are difficult angles to grab, soft focus).
ALL processed with the same basic series of post-image work. Nothing added. NOTHING removed except by cropping.
THIS is soft focus photography, if you’re working for just the right representation of the magic you feel while shooting.
And you never know what you have or what you want, really, until you begin to work creatively with your captures in post.
These where taken last spring. An hour at least of dedicated work, racing the light slowly fading from this particular bloom.
I’d processed only one Iris image since, before this series.
And in that span of time I’ve worked to master the dream RAW files can become when you whisper them into vivid life in post.
NONE of which I knew would happen when I spend that hour working with this one bloom.
All I understood for certain was that I had to keep shooting her, until there was nothing left to see and feel and share about the curves and lines and golden glow of her magic.