Two Subject Image

by Rick Diffley on April 15, 2012

Two Subject Image

Two Subject Image – Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge 

This weeks Word Press Photo Challenge is:Two Subject.” Here in Spokane, spring is late in coming, and very little is in bloom. However, there is an indoor Manito Park Conservatory, where I often go to shoot during the winter, later fall, and early spring. The conservatory has ongoing tropical plants, various catus arrangements, rotating flowering perennials, and annuals. The downside to shooting indoors at the conservatory is that they prohibit the use of tripods. So, I have to compose my macro shots “handheld” and the only way to achieve this is using a high ISO of 1600 or 2200 ( Read More here: ) which permits me to shoot at a faster shutter speed.

Two Subject Image Shooting Details

For this photo challenge I used a Nikon D300, manual mode, with a Tamron 90mm macro lens, metering mode was “center weight” ISO 2200, ss 1/90, and f/32. Post processing was done using Nikon Capture NX2, saving the image as .tiff file to import it into Photoshop Elements. Finally touches where done using Nik Software plugin filters: Dfine to help reduce the high ISO “noise.” Color Efex Pro 4. Viveza 2.

Two Subject Image Inspiration

Two Subject Image inspiration for this shot, besides the weekly photo challenge, came from Jakes Sprinter Sunday Post. He provides his own weekly photo challenge. This weeks theme is: Blossom. Since Spring is late coming to Spokane and very little is in “blossom” this image is my stand-in. Two Subject Image challenge was fun and I can’t wait to see other peoples idea on this theme.


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Cardinal Guzman April 15, 2012 at 1:18 PM

The purple colour really stands out from the green leaves & background. Thanks for the info on your technique.


lynne ayers April 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Absolutely stunning photo!


suburbanferndaleark April 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Beautifully done!


jakesprinter April 15, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Stunning photo,Great entry for this week theme :)


Jo Bryant April 15, 2012 at 5:39 PM

wow…really really beautiful


Janine Fitzpatrick April 15, 2012 at 7:13 PM



amar April 15, 2012 at 8:13 PM
Retiring Sort April 15, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Love the colors in this!


Anne @ Zen and Genki April 15, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Gorgeous, once again, Rick! Just Beautiful work :)


Pierre April 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Amazing photo, both in terms of colors and composition. Extremely well done!


milkayphoto April 16, 2012 at 5:14 AM

Gorgeous color and composition! Looks like a purple African daisy nestled in some ferns?


writeovertheedge April 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM
Jeff Sinon April 17, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Excellent Rick! The blue just jumps right off the page. The soft light and composition are very nice.


Rebekah May 4, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Have browsed your images now and they’re all truly wonderful. Strange, that I haven’t come across this site in the WP weekly photo challenge. This will change now ;)


iltana May 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

A great combination of colours and shapes!


Inge July 4, 2012 at 7:03 PM

The contrast of your image really works very well good!


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