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Morning everybodyGrin A big thankyou for all yesterdays comments on my upload "Promises Promises" Very much appreciatedGrin
There kind of was method in my reason for that upload because today's is a first for me, and something some of you have been "Nagging" (In the nicest possible way) to do for a good while and that is what I have finally gone and done..................... I have purchased a tripod!TongueSadGrinGrin And here is one of my first attempts........................... Yesterdays been a pre tripod flower............., I uploaded a similar image as this one but in pink called "Sticking My Neck Out" a few weeks ago too. I will be very pleased of your opinions and comparisons if you have time. Dont worry if you think it not that sharp yet, still practicing and lots more avenues to go down with the tripod, only trialing at the moment. I set a two second timer for this shot...........if there is any movement its the bloomin plant that wouldn't stay stillTongue

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:25 Jun 2012 - 2:02 PM
Focal Length:9.8mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/34sec
Exposure Comp:-0.67
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Have I Got News For You!
Username:Fefe Fefe
Uploaded:26 Jun 2012 - 7:37 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, Orchid., Wildlife / nature
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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2012 - 7:43 AM


Quote: I have purchased a tripod!

Took you long enough.....GrinGrinGrin

Ade

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2012 - 7:52 AM


Quote: I have purchased a tripod!

Took you long enough.....GrinGrinGrin

Ade

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2012 - 7:54 AM

I have one but find it a faff to get it out to use ..... so good luck and perserverance will be needed.
this looks almost human to me ..

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2012 - 8:15 AM

Fefe, I use a tripod and also a mono pod both are extremely useful.

This this fine shot upside down and see the FACE.

Rock

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franken
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26 Jun 2012 - 8:43 AM

Very nice.

Ken

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2012 - 9:16 AM

wonderful colour and detail diane love the comp now you've got your three leged friend you will never look back Tongue a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41113 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2012 - 9:24 AM

A remote release is next on the list, Diane. You can then take the shot in a lull in the wind! Lovely abstract of a flower.

Dave

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2012 - 9:54 AM


Quote: A remote release is next on the list, Diane. You can then take the shot in a lull in the wind! Lovely abstract of a flower.

Dave

A whattie? Darn life, some folk are never happyWinkGrinGrin
Diane

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2012 - 10:49 AM

Good for you Diane, like the abstract nature of this
Regards Richard.

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achieverswales
26 Jun 2012 - 11:01 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Diane! HORAHHHHH, she has a tripod, the next thing is use it all the time, and you will not want to be without it, when shooting macros use manual focus, if you use auto focus you get a focus shift when pressing the shutter button that leads to unsharp pics, a cheap remote lead helps a great deal, and if you have the facility use the mirror up function, to keep the flower from moving I use several methods, wooden meat skewers stuck in the ground tied with black cotton is a cheap method, then there are the purpose built clamps that attach to the tripod one end and the other clamps on the flower, your upload is dark on the stamen if you go back on some of my flower shots you will see that I photographed the same flower, the stamens on these were dark like yours! To get around this I use the adjustment brush in Camera Raw, it is a fantastic tool, you just brush over the dark area and use the sliders to get correct exposure on just the part you have brushed over, it takes a few attempts to get used to it, but a fantastic tool to use.

This is a bit long winded but hope it helps.

Regards

Trev.

Last Modified By achieverswales at 26 Jun 2012 - 11:02 AM

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2012 - 1:49 PM

Tripods are essential to take your photography to the next level! This image is very well constructed and as others have said it holds a mask-like 'face'. I think now you have a tripod it would have benefitted from a longer exposure to brighten it up (check your histogram) or push up the exposure in RAW editor. It may burn out some of the background but the central important part would be brighter. You could always make 2 versions in RAW editor then blend them together for central and peripheral exposure. Keep up the good work!

Al

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mikbee
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26 Jun 2012 - 2:15 PM

Good shot Diane.
And good luck with your new toy !!
Mick.

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10495 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2012 - 2:52 PM

Keep at it Diane. Three legs are better than two.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2012 - 3:43 PM

A great close-up, Diane, have fun with the tripod, I've never used one myself Smile Carol

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2012 - 5:21 PM

Wer-hay!! Well done on getting a tripod, Diane SmileSmile

Good close-up of this Phalaenopsis...and yeah, a tripod is a tripod but it's not much use when the stupid plant doesn't keep still...lol Grin

Andrew

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Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2012 - 5:26 PM


Quote: Hi Diane! HORAHHHHH, she has a tripod, the next thing is use it all the time, and you will not want to be without it, when shooting macros use manual focus, if you use auto focus you get a focus shift when pressing the shutter button that leads to unsharp pics, a cheap remote lead helps a great deal, and if you have the facility use the mirror up function, to keep the flower from moving I use several methods, wooden meat skewers stuck in the ground tied with black cotton is a cheap method, then there are the purpose built clamps that attach to the tripod one end and the other clamps on the flower, your upload is dark on the stamen if you go back on some of my flower shots you will see that I photographed the same flower, the stamens on these were dark like yours! To get around this I use the adjustment brush in Camera Raw, it is a fantastic tool, you just brush over the dark area and use the sliders to get correct exposure on just the part you have brushed over, it takes a few attempts to get used to it, but a fantastic tool to use.

This is a bit long winded but hope it helps.

Regards

Trev.

Hello TrevGrin Thought you would be pleased I finally got round to the tripod............ I am enjoying playing but one step at a time.... It is fiddley and takes a bit of getting used to especially composition wise and exposure wise too, move something and you have to reset it allTongue When I get used to moving it around without falling over it or poking someone in the eye with one of the legs I will start to play with other stuff, shutter speed is something I have not gotten to grips with yet also, going to have a good old play at the weekend, taking the tripod and will have lots of time to have a rumage through the settings.
Just taken a look at my original of this image and the original is much lighter in the dark areas, this is something I have done in the processing, Should I have left it light do you think? Saw your flowers the other day but off to take another peekGrin
Thanks TrevSmile
Diane

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canonfan
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26 Jun 2012 - 6:17 PM

Lovely capture Diane. Its very hard to get plants to stay still
Jim

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26 Jun 2012 - 6:40 PM

stunning

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achieverswales
26 Jun 2012 - 7:47 PM

Hi Diane, always expose for the lightest part of the image to avoid blown highlights as you have done for this, then there are several ways that have been mentioned to bring back detail in the shadow area, as I said I use the adjustment brush tool in Camera Raw! I find this does the trick, in Photoshop the shadow and highlight feature also works very well, I will not go into split conversions as I think this would be to advanced for you at the moment, just take it one step at a time.

Regards

Trev.

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Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2012 - 8:55 PM


Quote: Hi Diane, always expose for the lightest part of the image to avoid blown highlights as you have done for this, then there are several ways that have been mentioned to bring back detail in the shadow area, as I said I use the adjustment brush tool in Camera Raw! I find this does the trick, in Photoshop the shadow and highlight feature also works very well, I will not go into split conversions as I think this would be to advanced for you at the moment, just take it one step at a time.

Regards

Trev.

Thanks TrevGrin
Diane

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2012 - 10:15 PM

some very good advice from Trev there. great macro look forward to more. paul

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 4261 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2012 - 6:55 PM

Some great advice here Diane but this is a cracking start - well done
Jason

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