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I took this just over a month ago. Struggled with the colour balance. All help and C&C gratefully accepted.

Bill

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:20 Jul 2013 - 11:05 AM
Focal Length:35mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.1
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:+0.33
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Custom
Title:Crowded out
Username:billmyl billmyl
Uploaded:7 Sep 2013 - 1:55 PM
Tags:Daisies, Flowers & plants, Poppy
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10777 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2781 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 2:47 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You sure did!


Leave it on auto, or set to the light conditions usually gets you close.

This is trying hard to be purple.

Ive uploaded a mod, - see if it looks any better to you.

I used this approach basically: http://www.dpchallenge.com/tutorial.php?TUTORIAL_ID=24


regards


Willie

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billmyl
billmyl e2 Member 163 forum postsbillmyl vcard Scotland
7 Sep 2013 - 3:11 PM

Thanks Willie for both your mod and link. Your mod is an improvement. I could not get mine to look right so uploaded it anyway mainly for advice. I shall try the method outlined in your link later on when I have more time.

Regards,

Bill

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paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 3:17 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think you are quite close. Obviously you are making the contrast between a lot of white and the single red. The problem for me is just too many out of focus white and yellow blooms. I would prefer the poppy rather larger and less of the daisies, ir whatever they are.

Paul

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billmyl e2 Member 163 forum postsbillmyl vcard Scotland
7 Sep 2013 - 5:09 PM

I have uploaded a second version in which I have tried to use both your suggestions. Not sure if I have improved the image much.

Bill

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pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2013 - 5:14 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It's obviously best to get the colour right at the time of shooting, Bill, and this can be achieved by using the correct White Balance setting, giving you a better chance of getting the colours in your images as accurate as possible This is an aspect of photography that many donít understand or use, but itís something well worth learning about, as it can have a real impact upon your shots.

Imagesí different sources of light have a different colour or temperature to them, and we donít generally notice this difference in temperature because our eyes adjust automatically for it. Sometimes we need to tell our camera how to treat different light. Put very simply, for cooler (blue or green) light, you will tell the camera to warm things up, and in warm light you will tell it to cool things down.
So try to use ďautoĒ or the proper WB setting. Experiment with different WB settings on the same subject and you'll soon get the hang of it, then you can take control, and will be able to use your white balance setting with a little more knowledge and confidence.

I have done a modification, not in response to your question about colour, but just because I see potential within this image. I cropped, removing most of the right side, and placed the poppy on the bottom right thirds intersection. I then used the Depth Of Field effect in PaintshopPro to blur around the poppy.
I think my point is that there is too much going on around what I believe is your subject, the poppy, so have tried to put the main focus upon it, and prevent the brightness of the white daisies from detracting from it.

Pamela.

PS: You uploaded the second version whilst I was typing. I much prefer your composition in this one, and it corresponds well with my idea of isolating your poppy more.
You have GREATLY improved it!

Last Modified By pamelajean at 7 Sep 2013 - 5:18 PM

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billmyl e2 Member 163 forum postsbillmyl vcard Scotland
7 Sep 2013 - 5:35 PM

Thanks Pamela for your helpful comments and thoughts on composition. I do like your mod and it is a lesson in more is less. I am glad you like my second version it is encouraging to know I can occasionally get some things right.

Regards,

Bill

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doverpic e2 Member 1doverpic vcard United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 - 5:44 PM

Nice shot like image 1

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billmyl e2 Member 163 forum postsbillmyl vcard Scotland
7 Sep 2013 - 6:02 PM

Thanks doverpic for your kind comment.

Regards,

Bill

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