Just back from Huatalco in Mexico where I was taking macros of one of my favourite tropical flowers, Bougainvillea, and running into an old problem which I call ‘red flare’.
These shots were from 2010. My old camera had a lot of trouble focussing on ‘hot’ colours: red and hot pink, resulting in a lot of heavy-duty photoshopping in order to capture the essence of these Bougainvillea.
Fast forward to 2017 and I have a new version of the same waterproof Nikon camera. There was still some focussing issues doing a macro of these double red/hot pink flowers.Red remains a problem but I don’t feel the need to photoshop them to death in order to show the flower.This one was almost in focus! I used a radial fill mask to sharpen the flower only, and added blue and cyan in the colour balance to bring out the detail in the shadows. The only thing I don’t like is that I have lost the warm yellow tones that suffuse the photo above with tropical light. More precise editing such as isolating the flower would have fixed that but I was feeling lazy.Ditto the editing on this hot pink number, again with the loss of warmth.Pulling back slightly made the focus was substantially better, although I notice that I still upped the blues substantially to bring out the detail.Once the flowers begin to fade they lose their ‘hotness’ and I could get in super close on these beauties.
I love the detailed veining on this papery flower.More of Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Challenge: Macro.