Bunches of Bunches

Looking at some upright bunches of flowers recently in cylindrical vases, it occurred to me that the bunch itself made an interesting structure for a light box composition.

Tulip Bunch © Harold Davis

One of the key compositional conundrums in light box photography is presenting an underlying structure of the image. Generally, for these kinds of images to be successful, there must be structure. For example—some of the simplest cases—the arrangement may be grounded by a central stalk or stem, or composed as a bouquet.

A related problem is how you handle the boundary problems of the image; in other words, creating a successful treatment of the meeting of the botanical subject and the image frame. Generally, floating the subject in the middle with no connection to the boundaries does not work well. It occurred to me that photographing bunches of flowers might be an exception.

Daffodils and Irises © Harold Davis

It was important in making these images to first place the images in the cylinder, so that the mass of the flowers assumed the bunched shape I was looking for.

Tulip Bunch at the beginning of this story was made from nine captures my with my Nikon D850 and Zeiss Otus 55mm on tripod. Each exposure as at f/16 and ISO 64, with exposure times ranging from 1/30 of a second to 4 seconds.

Daffodils and Irises used the same gear and basic exposure concept, with eight exposures ranging from 1/15 of a second to 4 seconds. 

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