For Round 34, we’re featuring a beautiful image, Soft Pink, by Niall McCracken. Niall was challenged to “find a pretty pink flower.” The low angle of the flowers and the bokeh in the background provides for an interesting and very pretty image. We’ve asked Niall to tell us a bit about his process in shooting this photo.
SP: The depth of field in your photo is really nice. Could you tell us what camera and lens setup you used?
Niall: I use a Lumix g2 with a standard kit lens (14-42mm I think!).
SP: What made you shoot at eye level with the flowers?
Niall: I love shooting from unusual angles – but for this photo it was quite easy as this plant grows in a raised bed on the edge of our lawn so I only had to kneel down to shoot it – not crawl through the mud or anything!
SP: Could you tell us a bit about your post processing for this shot? Did you do any photoshopping?
Niall: I tinkered with it a little, I cropped it quite heavily and darkened the centre fractionally. I then applied a light mask for contrast and added a vignette border which I lightened to try and even out the darkness.
SP: The image is almost in a square crop, which is something that doesn’t always work with images. However, I think that it does work with this one. What gave you the idea to crop it in the way that you did?
Niall: No particular reason for the square crop – I’m just a fan of square photos, I love the symmetry, I think it’s a really easy way to make a photo stand out.
SP: In your experience with Get Pushed, how do you think the group helps you to loosen up some in photography and get out of your comfort zone into new things?
Niall: I used to sat in my bedroom and played guitar for about three years, but then I went to uni and joined a band. I learnt a lot more about playing guitar in the first 6 weeks of that band than all the bedroom practices combined! I think get pushed is like that – it pushes you way out of your comfort zone and makes you consider things you were probably blind to. Theres no way that can’t make you a better photographer! The photos in the group definitely reflect that pioneer spirit; you can see the thought and attention and creativity that goes into every photo – and it makes a photo a million times better when you can understand the context behind it.
Thanks, Niall for agreeing to answer our questions!