Glenn Nagel Photography: Blog http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Glenn Nagel Photography gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:16:00 GMT Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:16:00 GMT http://www.nagelphotography.com/img/s1/v5/u676558798-o97441262-50.jpg Glenn Nagel Photography: Blog http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog 86 120 In the Eye of the Beholder http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/6/in-the-eye-of-the-beholder You never can tell which pictures will sell. Yesterday, a buyer paid $120 for a digital download of one of my photographs. This is a picture that I captured many years ago in Traverse City, Michigan. I'm a little baffled about why it sold. Honestly, I'm not quite sure why I even took the picture!

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Microstock Earnings through May http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/6/microstock-earnings-through-may My monthly microstock earnings came in at $921 for May. Fotolia earnings exceeded $100 for the fourth consecutive month. iStock earnings fell to half the level of the previous month. Shutterstock earnings continue in a downward trend.

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:

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Youth Baseball Portraits http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/6/youth-baseball-portraits Each season, I capture photographs of players who play for my travel baseball team. This season, I'm managing a 10U team--so all of the players are ten years old. I rarely photograph people, so this gives me an opportunity to shoot some portraits of willing subjects. Well, at least their parents are willing!

In fact, the last time I set up the studio lights was for last season's portraits. As a result, I had some difficulty getting the Cyber Commander to synchronize with the receivers. In other words, I was unable to set the device up in such a way that I could control the power of the strobes from the camera using the commander. Although it's been several years since I purchased the kit from Paul C. Buff, I decided to try calling the company. To my surprise, my call was answered promptly by a knowledgeable representative who was able to address my problem in minutes. Now, that's great customer service!

Here is one of my favorite pictures from the session:

Rafe SlagerRafe SlagerRafe Slager of the 10U Orland Par Warriors baseball team in Orland Park, Illinois on June 2, 2017 After posting a few pictures on photography forums for critique, I received questions about how this photograph was lit. So, here was my set up:

LightingSetupLightingSetupUse this to share your lighting setup or to document your setup for future reference. Email me at kevin@kertzdesign for comments and/or suggestions. Not for commercial use. For the background, I unfolded a 5'x7' Botero collapsible background and clipped it to some netting inside one of our batting cages. I lit the background with an Einstein strobe and placed a red gel on the strobe. The main light was an Einstein strobe placed inside a large softbox. I asked a parent to hold a large piece of white foam board at an angle that provided fill light. Fill light is even more important when the subject is wearing a baseball cap!

CLICK HERE to view more images from the photo session.

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Learning to Make Money From Your Photos http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/6/learning-to-make-money-from-your-photos Each month, I share my microstock earnings in this blog. As a result, I receive many questions from photographers asking how they can make some money from their pictures. I almost always try to help. 

Recently, I came across another photographer, Steve Heap, who maintains a blog centered around the very topic of "making money from your photos"! The website is called "Backyard Silver". Through this blog, Steve shares his microstock earnings--and those earnings are approximately two to three times the amount that I am currently earning. More importantly, Steve's blog provides numerous articles that will help an aspiring microstock photographer to become more successful. For example, one of the things that I learned from his blog is how using "Microstock Submitter" can enable me to submit my images to more agencies far more efficiently.

One article that I would recommend starting with is the "Top 10 Ways to Sell More Stock Photos." I've been selling images through microstock agencies for more than five years now, and I learned some new things from that article.

In any event, I recommend that you visit Backyard Silver and take a look around. The site contains a lot of valuable information...from the Popular Posts to the How To Articles. And for those of you just getting started, you might want to order the "Getting Started in Stock: 2017 Edition of the guide to microstock photography" Kindle book from Amazon.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) blog earnings microstock recommendations references referral resources tips http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/6/learning-to-make-money-from-your-photos Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:03:19 GMT
"Florida State Capitol" Wins Photo of the Day! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/6/-florida-state-capitol-wins-photo-of-the-day This morning, my "Florida State Capitol" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This image was captured during my tour of the state capitols. At this point, I've photographed 49 of the 50 state capitols. My next and final state capitol is Juneau, Alaska. To view some of the favorite capitol photographs, please CLICK HERE.

This marks the 42nd time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Florida State CapitolFlorida State CapitolImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for June 9, 2016

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture black and white capitol contest florida state capitol tallahassee travel winner http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/6/-florida-state-capitol-wins-photo-of-the-day Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:31:47 GMT
Take a Closer Look http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/6/take-a-closer-look I was anxious to photograph something, so I desperately looked for a subject in my front yard! I came across an ordinary green leaf. I was skeptical about whether I would create any interesting photographs of this rather ordinary subject, but that's all I had at the time.

After capturing some rather boring pictures of the leaf, I took a much closer look using my Nikon 200 f/4 Micro lens. Before long, I concentrated on a section of the leaf near where the stem meets the leaf. The "scene" reminded me of a river of yellow flowing between two very steep green hills.

I've always liked the color combination of green and yellow. I held a small Nikon flash unit behind the leaf to help bring out the colors and the texture of the leaf.

At first, I made sure to line up the stem so that it was aligned vertically. However, that straight line led to a boring composition. In the end, I decided to let the line run diagonally through the frame--which almost always leads to a more interesting and dynamic composition.

Green leafGreen leafCloseup of a green leaf in Orland Park, Illinois on May 20, 2017 Out of this single, ordinary green leaf, I created a series of pictures from a photo shoot that lasted about 90 minutes! It paid off to take a closer look.

To view more images of this leaf, as well as some other photos of a pine tree and grass, please CLICK HERE.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) abstract backlighting closeup composition diagonal flash green leaf macro ordinarly plant yellow http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/6/take-a-closer-look Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:54:27 GMT
My Mini Kitchen Studio http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/5/my-mini-kitchen-studio Over the past few days, I've been playing with my macro lens. While walking around the neighborhood, I spotted some subjects to photograph. Unfortunately, it's been very windy here in Chicagoland. Strong wind and macro photography generally don't go well together.

So, I decided to bring a couple of the subjects inside. This eliminates the wind and allows me to more carefully compose the pictures as well as to control the lighting and backgrounds. To accomplish this, I quickly set up a little studio on my kitchen table!

Here's what it looks like:

#1: Nikon D800 Camera

#2: Nikon 200 f/4 Micro Lens

#3: Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander (to trigger #4)

#4: Nikon SB-R200 Wireless Remote Speedlight with Diffuser

#5: Wimberley Plamp

#6: Scissors (to trim unwanted pine needles)

#7: Foam Board (white on one side and black on the other)

#8: Gitzo Tripod

#9: Pine Tree Branch (my subject)

Truth be told, the flash unit (along with the commander to trigger it) probably wan't necessary for creating these pictures. I haven't used these pieces of equipment for a while, so I thought it would be helpful to get the practice with them.

Here are a few of the images of this subject:

Pine tree budsPine tree budsBuds on pine tree in Orland Park, Illinois on May 18, 2017 Pine tree budsPine tree budsBuds on pine tree in Orland Park, Illinois on May 18, 2017 And, here's an image of another subject using the same set up with the foam board flipped to its reverse black side:

Curly grassCurly grassCurly grass in Orland Park, Illinois on May 18, 2017

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) closeup equipment flash foam board kitchen macro pine tree studio http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/5/my-mini-kitchen-studio Sun, 28 May 2017 12:42:29 GMT
Microstock Earnings through April http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/5/microstock-earnings-through-april My monthly microstock earnings came in at $938 for April. Fotolia earnings exceeded $100 for the third consecutive month. iStock earnings bounced back after a disappointing March. Shutterstock earnings fell dramatically--posting the second lowest monthly earnings in a few years.

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) business dreamstime earnings fotolia income itstock microstock shutterstock trends http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/5/microstock-earnings-through-april Wed, 24 May 2017 02:16:59 GMT
Microstock Earnings through March http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/5/microstock-earnings-through-march My monthly microstock earnings once again exceeded $1,000. Fotolia earnings exceeded $100 for the second consecutive month. iStock earnings fell after a strong start to the year. Shutterstock earnings are in a gradual decline, but still far exceed that of the other agencies that I deal with.

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) business earnings fotolia istock microstock shutterstock trend http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/5/microstock-earnings-through-march Wed, 24 May 2017 02:11:05 GMT
"Orangutan" Wins Photo of the Day! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/5/-orangutan-wins-photo-of-the-day This morning, my "Orangutan" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This image was captured during my last trip to the Brookfield Zoo. I recently posted a blog entry about this particular photograph.

This marks the 41st time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

OrangutanOrangutanImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for May 18, 2017. This photo earned Honorable Mention as First Runner-Up for May.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) animal brookfield zoo captive orangutan portrait primate sophia tropic world http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/5/-orangutan-wins-photo-of-the-day Thu, 18 May 2017 13:06:57 GMT
A Single Dandelion http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/5/a-single-dandelion Last week, I created a number of photographs using different perspectives of a single dandelion clock. All of these pictures were created with my Nikon D800 and Nikon 200 f4 Micro lens.

Dandelion clockDandelion clockDandelion clock in Orland Park, Illinois on April 28, 2017 Dandelion clockDandelion clockDandelion clock in Orland Park, Illinois on April 28, 2017 Dandelion clockDandelion clockDandelion clock in Orland Park, Illinois on April 28, 2017 Dandelion clockDandelion clockDandelion clock in Orland Park, Illinois on April 28, 2017 Dandelion clockDandelion clockDandelion clock in Orland Park, Illinois on April 28, 2017 Macro photography allows a photographer to capture images of ordinary things in a way that is not ordinarily seen.

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Welcome To My 200,000th Visitor! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/5/welcome-of-my-200-000th-visitor This morning, my website welcomed its 200,000th visitor! This number counts only unique visitors--in other words, repeat visits are not counted in this total.

These visitors originate from 157 countries and represent all 7 continents (including Antarctica).

The internet makes it possible to share my photographs with so many people from around the World. I hope you enjoy the images half as much as I enjoy creating them.

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"Sandy Beach" Photo Wins Third Place for March http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/5/-sandy-beach-photo-wins-third-place-for-march On March 24th, my "Sandy Beach" photograph won Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day. At the end of each month, the judges at Imaging Resource review the daily winners and select the top five photographs for the month. The top three photos are awarded prizes (Adorama gift cards) and the other two are recognized as runner-ups.

My "Sandy Beach" photograph was awarded Third Place for the month of March, 2017. CLICK HERE to view the winning entries as well as all the daily winners for the month.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) adorama award contest imaging resource third place winning entry http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/5/-sandy-beach-photo-wins-third-place-for-march Wed, 03 May 2017 13:34:37 GMT
Dome Day http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/4/dome-day Yesterday, all of my Shutterstock sales were photographs of domes! It must have been Dome Day...or more precisely, State Capitol Dome Day!

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Really Tiny Flowers! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/4/really-tiny-flowers Last week, I captured some photographs of some very tiny flowers that I discovered while taking a walk around my neighborhood. First, I created pictures of pear tree blossoms--which are plentiful right now in our area.

Pear Tree BlossomPear Tree BlossomPear tree blossom in Orland Park, Illinois on April 19, 2017 Pear Tree BlossomPear Tree BlossomPear tree blossom in Orland Park, Illinois on April 19, 2017 Later in the week, I came across these small purple and white flowers. I'm told that these are called Indian hawthornes. These flowers are the same size as the pear blossoms.

Purple and white flowerPurple and white flowerTiny purple and white Indian hawthorne flower in Orland Park, Illinois on April 23, 2017 Purple and white flowerPurple and white flowerTiny purple and white Indian hawthorne flower in Orland Park, Illinois on April 23, 2017 So, are you wondering how tiny these flowers really are?

To provide a sense of scale, I took the next picture with my iPhone. And, no...I don't have a giant hand!

Really Tiny FlowerReally Tiny FlowerI captured this image of an Indian hawthorne flower in my hand with my iPhone. This photo gives a sense of scale to the other images of these tiny flowers in my collection. To view more of my images of these tiny flowers, please CLICK HERE.

To create these images, I used my Nikon D800 and Nikon 200 f4 Micro lens. I also used extension tubes for many of the photographs. A solid tripod also came in handy as there's no way that I can hold the camera steady enough at such a high magnification.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) flowers indian hawthorne macro pear blossom plant spring tiny http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/4/really-tiny-flowers Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:23:00 GMT
"Ko Olina Beach" Wins Photo of the Day! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/4/-ko-olina-beach-wins-photo-of-the-day My "Ko Olina Beach" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This image was captured during my trip earlier this year to Oahu. This is the second photograph to win a photo contest from my trip to the island.

This marks the 40th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Ko Olina Beach ParkKo Olina Beach ParkImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for April 21, 2017

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) award contest hawaii ko olina landscape long exposure oahu photo contest seascape http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/4/-ko-olina-beach-wins-photo-of-the-day Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:15:00 GMT
Orangutan Portrait http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/4/orangutan-portrait Last month, I visited the Tropic World exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo to capture some pictures of the orangutans.

Below is a portrait of Sophia, a female orangutan that often poses for me during my visits:

OrangutanOrangutanFemale orangutan, Sophia, at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Illinois on February 27, 2017

One challenge with zoo photography is controlling the backgrounds. Fortunately, many of the exhibits at the Brookfield Zoo feature backgrounds that more closely match a natural environment. One approach that I use is to wait until an animal enters an area of the exhibit with an acceptable background before taking any pictures.

When the distance between the subject and the background increases, it's far easier to create background blur. Background blur places more emphasis on the subject--which is a good thing. Using a wide aperture also helps blur the background. I used my Nikon 300 2.8 VR lens for this image. I opened the lens all the way (f/2.8) to create this look for the background. At f/2.8, the Nikon 300 2.8 lens is an ideal "background eraser"!

Another challenge with zoo photography in indoor exhibits is the lighting. I try to use the lowest ISO setting possible to maximize image quality. However, it's also important to select a fast enough shutter speed to create a sharp photograph. For this image, I pushed the limit by selecting an ISO of 500--which resulted in a shutter speed of 1/60th of a second at f/2.8. 1/60th is pushing it. Many photographers don't like to use shutter speeds slower than 1 over the focal length of the lens--which in this case would be 1/300th.

By using a slow shutter speed of 1/60th rather than let's say 1/500th, I'm able to use an ISO of 500 rather than an ISO of 4,000. Additionally, by using an aperture of f/2.8 instead of let's say f/4 (which is still fast), I'm able to save another stop of light. At f/4 and 1/500th, my ISO would have been 8,000 (hardly worth bothering to take the picture with my D800).

Creating a sharp picture would be nearly impossible at 1/60th with a 300mm lens without incorporating further tools. Of course, a tripod is essential. Having my camera locked down on a solid tripod allows me to shoot at lower shutter speeds for maximum image quality. I also used a Nikon SB-900 flash unit. That short burst of light helps freeze any movement at this lower shutter speed.

CLICK HERE if you wish to view more images from my photo shoot.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) animals aperture backgrounds blur depth of field equipment exposure flash orangutans shutter speed tripod http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/4/orangutan-portrait Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:17:32 GMT
Backlighting at Polynesian Cultural Center http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/4/backlighting-at-pcc During my recent trip to Hawaii, I enjoyed capturing photographs at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC). The PCC is very photographer friendly. They permitted me to carry all kinds of gear--including my massive 500mm lens. They also allowed me to shoot from a tripod at all locations, including the various shows. The only event that was off limits was the "Ha: Breath of Life" live performance evening show.

My only problem while shooting at the PCC was the sun! I visited the Center on three separate days, and each day the sky was clear. There wasn't a cloud in the sky. This might sound ideal for the ordinary visitor. But, this direct sun is a photographer's nightmare. The lighting is very harsh. Shadows go black and highlights get blown out. It's particularly unappealing when taking pictures of people--and people were my primary subjects at that location.

During my first visit, I selected a location where I could capture pictures of the Canoe Pageant with a clean background. However, the sunlight was so harsh and the shadows so dark that most of my pictures weren't worth the time to process them. I returned for a second time in hope of some cloud cover. Earlier that day, the sky was cloudy and the light was soft and diffused. But about 15 minutes before the Canoe Pageant started (it starts at 2:30 PM every day), the clouds cleared and the sun once again made the light impossible to manage. My approach was to only take photographs during the brief time that a canoe entered some shade cover. This severely limited my photo opportunities.

Following is one of the images that was captured in this unappealing light:

Polynesian Cultural CenterPolynesian Cultural CenterPolynesian Cultural Center at 55-370 Kamehameha Highway in Laie, Hawaii on January 26, 2017

On my third visit, I used a very different approach. This is an approach that most portrait photographers would probably have thought of to begin with! My approach was to set up in a location where I was shooting directly into the sun. That way, the light would be even on the faces and people wouldn't be squinting while looking toward the bright light. This approach worked well for me.

Here are a couple of examples of how I used backlighting to create more appealing images in the same conditions that the above picture was taken:

Polynesian Cultural CenterPolynesian Cultural CenterPolynesian Cultural Center at 55-370 Kamehameha Highway in Laie, Hawaii on January 28, 2017 Polynesian Cultural CenterPolynesian Cultural CenterPolynesian Cultural Center at 55-370 Kamehameha Highway in Laie, Hawaii on January 28, 2017

This solution worked for me. I only wish I had thought of it sooner.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) backlighting hawaii oahu pcc people polynesian cultural center portraits sunlight http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/4/backlighting-at-pcc Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:49:12 GMT
My Next Great Adventure http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/4/my-next-great-adventure Planning is already underway for my next major road trip! This summer trip will cover a wide loop around the western portion of the United States. This journey will take more than a month and over 7,000 miles to complete.

Here's my preliminary itinerary (with just a few of the attractions noted):

1- Minneapolis, MN - revisit MN State Capitol

2- Bismarck, ND - revisit ND State Capitol

3- Billings, MT

4- Helena, MT - revisit MT State Capitol

5- Kalispell, MT - Glacier National Park

6- Kalispell, MT - Triple D Game Ranch

7- Kalispell, MT

8- Kalispell, MT

9- Spokane, WA - Manito Park

10- Colfax, WA - Steptoe Butte

11- Crater Lake, OR

12- Crater Lake, OR

13- Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA

14- Fresno, CA

15- Los Angeles, CA - the Broad, Petersen Automobile Museum

16- Los Angeles, CA

17- Oceanside, CA

18- San Diego, CA

19- San Diego, CA

20- Las Vegas, NV - Neon Museum

21- Las Vegas, NV - Valley of Fire

22- Las Vegas, NV - Fremont Street

23- Tucson, AZ - Mission San Zavier del Bac

24- Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park

25- Tucson, AZ - University of Arizona

26- El Paso, TX - Mission Trail

27- El Paso, TX

28- Amarillo, TX

29- Witchita, KS

30- Witchita, KS

31- Hannibal, MO

32- Orland Park, IL

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Brushing in Some Sharpness http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/4/brushing-in-some-sharpness Last month, I attended the Out of Chicago Winter Conference. During this photography conference, a few hours were set aside for the conference participants to shoot various subjects. Several photographers congregated around many of the flowers that were on display.

One of the photography decisions to make when shooting these orchids is to select an aperture. Like many of the photographers, I wanted a narrow depth of field. It's a challenge selecting an aperture in which the front orchid is in sharp focus while the other flowers drop out of focus. If I went with a wide aperture, the front flower wasn't in focus enough for my liking. But if I narrowed the aperture, the background became too sharp.

Here's how I solved this problem. I used two apertures! I used the extremely narrow aperture of f/20 to ensure that the front orchid is entirely in focus. Then, I used a nearly wide open aperture (f/4.2) to allow the background to drop out of focus and become less distracting. This approach involved taking two exposures--one at each aperture:

Then, I layered these two frames in Photoshop:

Note that the f/4.2 layer is my base and that the f/20 exposure is placed on a layer above that. From there, I painted in the f/20 sharpness (white reveals, black conceals) on the mask to the right of the f/20 layer. The end result is that the front orchid is sharp at f/20 while the remainder of the image is soft at f/4.2. In my mind, I ended up with the best of both worlds!

Here's the final photograph:

OrchidsOrchidsPink and yellow orchids at the Out of Chicago Winter Conference at the University Center of the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois on February 18, 2017

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) aperture blending flowers orchid photoshop plants selective focus http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/4/brushing-in-some-sharpness Sun, 02 Apr 2017 14:19:22 GMT