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by Bart Arondson

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This is not as simple as an "effect." Something like this absolutely is possible, but it takes a lot of work before and after pressing the shutter. Taking the picture: The key part of the look, from a technical perspective, is the light. In 3D renderings, light can come from anywhere, from a source any size, and in any color, so renderings like these ...


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It's possible there was some focus stacking involved to get this DOF in the purple flower.


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You can get a similar look with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and the "Clarity" slider. Move it all the way to the left, and it reduces contrast, and just sort of gives it a smooth creamy look.


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It's also very possible that the outside was darkened in post. The light might be from a twin-light flash where you can aim the lights more precisely. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/239656-USA/Canon_2357A002_MT_24EX_Macro_Twin_Lite.html


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Do you know how the image was made? It looks to me a lot like some of the flower images created by Katinka Matson. They're gorgeous, but they're not photographs -- the flowers are arranged on a flatbed scanner and scanned. The way the light falls off quickly and uniformly around the flower looks a lot like what you see in Matson's work.


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To hazzard a guess, I would say that the lighting was done with a twin-tube affair, with the tubes arranged above and below the lens. The upper tube was the main (more powerful) light; the lower tube was fill at about half the upper tube's power (down 1 stop, or a 1:2 ratio with the "A" tube at the top). To get the fall-off you see from front to back, the ...


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The key changes that I see immediately are: White balance (slightly warm) Black levels (quite high) Faux cross-processing (Red s-curve, Blue upside down s-curve, slightly higher green lows) Vignetting That should get you close.



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