May 13, 2012. Monterey, California. Shooting roses from the side opens the door to myriad possibilities. I was unaware of most of them when I shot this. Imagine my surprise when I checked focus a moment later, magnifying the image to 100%, and was faced with a visage that took me straight to the New Mexico desert with Georgia O’Keeffe by my side.
I coined the word on the spot. A floral landscape. Florascape.
This is a case of the best camera is the one you have with you and necessity is the mother of invention. The camera was a 10-megapixel Canon s95. This image started as a tiny crop of the original — 300 by 200 pixels at most. I had to very carefully enlarge it about seven times just to work on it. There was lots of experimentation in post — all limited to selective sharpening, blurring and vibrance with Georgia looking over my shoulder offering gentle guidance. No painting filters. Never EVER! Then, as proof of concept I painstakingly enlarged it a step at a time to 10,800 by 7,200 pixels — 36 by 24 inches at 300 pixels per inch — to be able to print it large. I could take it to 72 by 48 if anyone’s interested.
(Canon s95. RAW processing in Adobe Camera Raw; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)
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