Four in a Row

Four in a Row

The story of this photo

I have been exploring macro photography lately. You probably know me for my HDR work, and don’t worry, I will keep on creating HDRs. But I was always fascinated with macro photos. However, I was fully aware that creating stunning macros is very difficult. So I studied macro photography (without practicing it) until I had a pretty good idea of how to approach it.

A few weeks ago, I bought myself a Nikon Micro 105mm lens (also a nice portrait lens), some flash equipment and a few other thing, and I started exploring the world of the small actively. This is the very first macro shot I publish. It was set up using a blue cardboard as a background, three flashes, and a Gerbera flower (of course) on my table top.

How it was shot

How it was post-processed

  • Post-processing was done in Photoshop
  • Topaz DeNoise
  • Topaz Details for bringing out the details in the petals and some basic color correction
  • Topaz Infocus for sharpening
  • Saturation adjustent layer (master)
  • Vibrance layer (vibrance)
  • All the adjustments above grouped and opacity of the group set to 60% (original exposure on background layer)

The Setup

Tabel top setup with three speedlights

Here you see the setup on my desk.

  • Three normal flash devices (1x Nikon SB-700, and 2x Yong Nuo YN460 II). Backlight, light from the side and for the background.
  • A blue piece of cardboard as the background.
  • A small syringe for applying the water drops

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49 Comments on "Four in a Row"

6 years 2 months ago


6 years 2 months ago

Great shot and processing!

6 years 2 months ago

Ah Lot of hard work done to get the wonderful shot… Congrats

Robert McMillan
6 years 2 months ago

Is that the order you do your procesing? I’ve been wondering when to use InFocus vs. Details. Great image by the way.

William Love
6 years 2 months ago

What a spectacular picture! It is technically and artistically superb.