Plants & Fungi
Sophia Spurgin | Bejewelled
Name: Sophia Spurgin
Picture title: Bejewelled
Category: Plants & Fungi
Occupation: Retired Teacher
‘I love to take macro photos of flowers, but in the winter I have to be more creative. I found some large dandelion seed heads that I had saved and put them on a black Perspex tile, which I find to be a better reflective surface than a mirror. For the background I used an iPad, which allows me to quickly change the background colours. The dandelion was given a mist of water from a fine spray bottle and surrounded by other seed heads in the background. I love the way the droplets cling to the fine mesh of the seed head, revealing details not visible to the naked eye.’
Canon 5D Mark III
Lensbaby Velvet 56 with Kenko Extension Tubes
Accessories: Manfrotto tripod with a geared head, Apple iPad for the background, black Perspex tile, fine travel water spray.
Post processing: Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I loved the detail in the water droplets on the dandelion seed head but the background was too distracting, so I created a blurred layer and masked it to keep the foreground sharp. I increased the contrast and sharpness of the foreground to make it stand out more.