Showy Fleabane, Erigeron speciosus

This is a local wildflower that I planted on a mound behind our pond. I was trimming unwanted grasses there today and accidentally clipped a stem of this plant, so I brought it into the house to photograph it. I used the same light gray foamboard behind it that I used for the grasses, but didn’t like bringing the exposure up as high as I did for those, so I replaced the gray with white in Photoshop. That still didn’t look quite right so I painted in a very light green gradient. I thought about removing the top of my beer bottle vase, but thought it looked off without it.

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5DIII, EF 180 f/3.5 macro, tripod and cable release, f/29, 1/5 sec, iso 1000, manual exposure. Processed in LR & PS CC. In addition to all the processing mentioned in the introduction, I sued Topaz Detail 3 to bring out flower texture and the local adjustment tool in LR to enhance the brightness, saturation and sharpness of the flower centers.

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Dennis: This is marvelous. I think you hit the sweet spot with your BG and if you had not mentioned it I don’t think I would have noticed the beer bottle. Hope you got to enjoy the beer before repurposing the bottle :wink: Wonderfully crafted shot. >=))>

PS: Which lawyer did you use to sue Topaz Detail 3? If that’s what it takes to get them to do such fine work I want to get after them as well. :grin:

These have a really jolly look to them, Dennis, and are beautifully captured and framed. Fine work , too, on the grading of the background.

Great presentation throughout. Love the high key effect.

Hi Dennis! This is a really nice image of the Fleabane. Excellent lighting and comp, and the you changes to the background work very well. I’ve never considered adding a gradient color to a background but I’ll have to try it.

This is simple but elegant, Dennis. The color combo works nicely and I like the fact that one of the flowers has not opened up yet. I think it provides some nice visual tension to this lovely still life. Just curious as to whether you have an image with just a little more of the top of the beer bottle as I think that would also work. Anyway, beautifully done!

I have never understood why more flora photographers don’t capture our native wildflowers in arrangements! A beautiful, tough wildflower in a beer bottle vase - buddy, that’s my kind of floral arrangement! Excellent work all the way around, Dennis.


Dennis, this view looks ready made as an illustration for a book. The top of your “vase” at the bottom definitely belongs.

Beautifully done with the flower and the plant stand out against the white background. I also like the light green gradient in the background. I think these are either Daisy fleabane or Philadelphia fleabane. The tip of beer bottle definitely belongs.