Plants & Fungi
Sophia Spurgin | Cosmos Lantern
Name: Sophia Spurgin
Picture title: Cosmos Lantern
Category: Plants & Fungi
Occupation: Retired Teacher
‘I like to grow flowers in my garden that are good subjects for photography – the beautiful cosmos is one example. I took this fine specimen into my conservatory to position it in natural light, shading it with white card to avoid shadows and reduce the contrast. I used a card of graduated colours in the background to complement the pink of the petals. I increased the exposure by nearly two stops and directed the light of a Manfrotto Lumimuse inside the flower to create a nice glow and accentuate the pink lines in the petals. I then focused on the outside edge so that only parts of the petals were in focus, which brought out the structure of the flower. Finally, I used a wide aperture of f/2.8 to keep it soft and give just an impression of the flower.’
Canon 5D Mark IV
Lensbaby Velvet 56
Accessories: Manfrotto tripod with a geared head, Manfrotto Lumimuse.
Post processing: Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I placed the flower in the centre of the photo and warped it slightly, as I enjoy the symmetry. A square crop was used to keep the flower tight in the frame. The colours were tweaked to make them more saturated and contrasty.