A dandelion seed is “Defying Gravity” with the help of tweezers, a third hand and a little Photoshopping.

 

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I have done photos that make a dandelion seed look like its flying away. One day I was inspired to try dandelion water drops using the same technique.

I used a pair of tweezers to hold the seed, and I used a “third hand” to hold the tweezers at the right height.

 

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Then I tried to get a small ball of water to stay balanced on the top of the seed.

 

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Adding glitter to the ball was interesting…
But I settled on reflecting a blue flower in it instead.

To do this I took a photo of the dandelion being held by tweezers, then I took it away and just got the flower alone to mask back in.

 

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

 

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EXIFs:

Nikon D810
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro
f/14
800 ISO

 

Lightroomed

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  • Exposure lowered
  • Highlights shadows and blacks lowered
  • Whites raised
  • Clarity saturation and vibrance raised

 

Photoshopped

 

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  • First I set the flower background up for the first layer

 

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  • Then I added the photo of the seed with the tweezers

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  • Then I masked out the tweezers

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  • And then cloned the seed stem back in

 

This would have been a better shot if Id got the seed “feathers” to lie down for better view of the flower reflection, and moving the flower and seed into different spacial relations might have made for a sharper image. Live and learn!

 

Final Thoughts

I think I may over-crop a lot… So I redid this photo without the crop. I don’t know if it is any better, but you get a better view of the actual flower.
What do you think?

 

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