macro monday | Strawflowers

Strawflower | Neely Wang

Strawflower | Neely Wang

Strawflower | Neely Wang

Strawflower | Neely Wang

Strawflower | Neely Wang

Strawflower | Neely Wang

Strawflower | Neely Wang

Strawflower | Neely Wang

“I’ve always thought my flowers had souls.” – Myrtle Reed


  1. These are really beautiful, Neely! But I’m absolutely falling in love with the first and the sixth image. You captured a sunny day of summer – bright and wonderful.

  2. I love these! Your editing is beautiful. Do you do this in Photoshop? Any tips for getting that soft blur and those vibrant colors without making the pictures look distorted? I’ve pictures of the changing leaves but I can’t get my colors to pop like I want them to… I Love Macro Monday!

    • Thank you so much, Lexie! I mainly rely on Lightroom now because the file size is much smaller, and it’s easier to categorize and streamline things. However, Photoshop (actually Adobe Camera Raw) does much of the same thing, so that’s great to use as well. The blur is from the lens I used and the aperture I chose. These were taken with a 50mm 1.4 with extension tubes and f-stop around 4 (give or take). I also shoot in RAW, so when editing in lightroom, I will usually adjust contrast, clarity, add or subtract a touch of vibrance and selectively sharpen my focus point with an adjustment brush. Lately, I’ve been enjoying using the matte look on some of my images just for fun. You can achieve that by decreasing blacks in your histogram, so that there are no true blacks in the image anymore. Hope that helps!

    • Thank you so much, Karen! The colours of these flowers were so rich, yet there was a gentle, softness about them — glad I was able to capture that!

    • Thank you so much, Tricia! Summer has been lingering a bit in California, which I really don’t mind :), but the colors remind me of both summer and fall — a subtle transition :).

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