This image was one of a series of eight in a project to create a sizeable informational poster explaining the various styles of Bonsai. The decision was to use a pure white background to highlight the plants and their form.
When the background is pure white, it’s easy for the designer to do a rough Photoshop “select” and not go through the tedious leaf by leaf with a magnetic lasso.
I thought some of you would be interested in seeing the use of images against white backgrounds for other media and the technique in this instance.
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Is this a composite: No
I, and my assistants, did the shoot in a greenhouse where the plants were grown. A large white sheet was used, as in this photograph, for the bigger specimens. We picked a bright hazy day, and the sun was on the back of the sheet.
Agree with Diane on the contrast, but otherwise this is pretty cool. A friend used to work in a shop that sold Bonsai and she was into it for a while, but wow…it’s a much more disciplined and zen-like practice than I’ll ever have patience for. Makes portraits like this one all the more astounding.