Login or Join Now

Upload your photos, chat, win prizes and much more

Username:
Password:
Remember Me

Can't Access your Account?

New to ePHOTOzine? Join ePHOTOzine for free!

Sakura, Sakura

Join Now

Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!

Add Comment

This is a cropped version of the first upload I ever made on here.

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm Finepix HS10
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:18 Mar 2011 - 11:48 PM
Focal Length:5.6mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/3.6
Shutter Speed:1/450sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Sakura, Sakura
Username:Sararose Sararose
Uploaded:24 Aug 2011 - 2:25 AM
Tags:Cherry blossom, Close-up, Flowers & plants
VS Mode Rating 99 (0% won)
These stats show the percentage of wins and the rating score that your photo has achieved. You can go to the VS Mode by clicking on this icon.

Signup to e2

Signup to e2 to see which photo this has won or lost against in the vs mode
Votes:Voting Disabled
Critque wantedCritique Wanted
Has Modifications Modifications Welcome (Upload a Modification)
JuniorJunior Member
Awards have been disabled on this photo

Comments

This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.
KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84255 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 6:29 AM

This is beautiful, the blossom is so pretty! The image looks a lot neater now, without the green in the corner - the eye can stay and look at the wonderful details you've managed to capture! Smile

Last Modified By KarenFB at 24 Aug 2011 - 6:34 AM

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Sararose
Sararose  3 United States
24 Aug 2011 - 7:02 AM

Thanks a million, Karen! Grin

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 8:43 AM

Very pretty. Although it does look a touch under exposed on my screen.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

MrsS
MrsS  74527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 8:51 AM

Looks lovely - I like the complimentary background too Smile

Fran x

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 8:57 AM

Lovely shot and a little under exposed on my sceen also
but well done
mike

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Sararose
Sararose  3 United States
24 Aug 2011 - 6:27 PM

I love the modification, Frank! Grin Thank you! Now I do see the underexposure...

Thanks, everyone else!

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Jestertheclown
24 Aug 2011 - 8:54 PM

This does look a little underexposed but the problem with simply increasing the exposure or brightening it to rectify it is that the blossoms blend in with the sky behind them.
Checking the levels, this doesn't appear to actually be particularly underexposed. What I think has happened is that the camera has been unable to expose correctly for both the blooms and the (brighter) sky, so it's compromised on both.
I reckon the answer here would have been to use flash to fill in.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2011 - 7:56 AM

jestertheclown- I think you are right - a tiny bit of fill in flash was needed, as the exposure lift is ok, but still not quite right. How about a tiny bit of dodging on the blooms as it's too late to add flash?

Last Modified By perkyjude at 25 Aug 2011 - 7:57 AM

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Jestertheclown
25 Aug 2011 - 11:02 AM


Quote: How about a tiny bit of dodging on the blooms as it's too late to add flash?

Yep! That would work if you were careful.

Anoother way would be to select just the flowers and lift them a bit using the shadows/highlights tool. Don't use it on the whole image though as you'll get the same problem as just using levels or brightness.

Easier still, if it's possible, would be to take the shot again.

Jester.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 25 Aug 2011 - 11:02 AM

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2011 - 1:10 PM

Yes, you needed flash fill here, and many compacts are quite good at this on auto. Try one with and one without - that is what the LCD is really for - an immediate check! You could improve this with the dodge tool, just to brighten the flowers but be careful not to overdo, or the image goes flat as you kill the contrast.

Paul

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Sararose
Sararose  3 United States
26 Aug 2011 - 3:01 AM

Thanks, everyone!

Would raising the exposure compensation work just as well?

And I don't know how to use the dodge tool yet, but I'll play around with it.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Jestertheclown
26 Aug 2011 - 10:47 AM


Quote: Would raising the exposure compensation work just as well?

No. Increasing the exopsure compensation will increase the exposure over the whole image, brightening everything. That's effectively what Frank's done in his mod by adjusting the levels.
What's needed here is to lighten only the flowers, leaving the rest as it is., hence using a flash which would light up the flowers but not the backgrond.
I've uploaded a (very quick) mod. in which I used the lasso to select the flowers. I brightened them using curves (just a straightforward lift of the RGB curve), then inverted my selection (to select the rest of the image, leaving the flowers untouched) and de-saturated it all slightly.
The overall effect is that te flowers have become highlighted and the background more subdued.
You'll see a sharp edge where I made my selection. That's because it was done very quickly just using a single layer. In real life, I'd have made the selection and alterations using more layers and a layer mask which would eliminate the "edge" but hopefully, you'll get the general idea.

Hope this helps.

Bren.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 26 Aug 2011 - 10:50 AM

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2011 - 11:43 AM

There are many ways to do things in software. Some easy, some complicated. In order to process the average image and make it better, master just a few very uncomplicated processes first.

The histogram, to correct exposure and contrast. Sharpening tools and dodging and burning in tools. That will do most of the common jobs. Curves, brightness adjustment and other simple tools help. Steer clear of auto correction functions - they rarely get it right.

There are many other things to learn, but I believe any newcomer should master the basics first and feel comfortable with them before moving on.

Paul

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

jamestheboy
26 Aug 2011 - 2:42 PM

Good work




james Smile

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Sararose
Sararose  3 United States
28 Aug 2011 - 2:45 AM

Thank you, Bren, I love the modifcation! It looks great!

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

- Original Poster Comments
- Your Posts

Add a Comment

You must be a member to leave a comment

Username:
Password:
Remember me:
Un-tick this box if you want to login each time you visit.