Plants & Fungi

Sophia Spurgin | Cherry Blossom



Name: Sophia Spurgin
Picture title: Cherry Blossom
Category: Plants & Fungi
Occupation: Retired Teacher

Sophia says:
‘I have always liked photography, but when my children grew old enough to refuse to be photographed, I turned to photographing flowers. I had to learn about f-stops and ISO and how to use my camera without relying on the auto setting, but my part-time hobby became my passion.

I have a wild cherry tree in my garden, which has small, insignificant blooms during the winter. However, when examined closely, they are exquisitely beautiful. This picture was made by combining two photos. The Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens makes flowers beautifully soft at f2.8 but I like to introduce some detail to the stamens. To achieve this, I blended elements of the ‘soft’ shot with a sharper version, taken at f/11 aperture. I use the natural light of my conservatory, but the flower stem was quite dark underneath, so I lit it with a little Manfrotto Lumimuse. The background is a coloured card echoing the pink of the stamens.’

Technical information:
Canon 5D mark III 
Lensbaby Velvet 56
ISO 100
f/2.8 and f/11
1/80 sec
Accessories: Manfrotto tripod with a geared head, coloured background, Manfrotto Lumimuse.
Post processing: Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I combined two photos at f2.8 and f11 in photoshop using layers. I do this to combine the benefits of soft focus for the petals and background with the detail gained in the stamens at f11. The stem area was warped slightly in Photoshop to create the long graceful stems.

Instagram: daughteruptree
Facebook: sophia.spurgin
Flickr: daughteruptree
500px: sophiaspurgin