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


Tags: Daisies Poppy Flowers and plants

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
7 Sep 2013 2:47PM
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:



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billmyl Plus
5 171 1 Scotland
7 Sep 2013 3:11PM
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.


paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 3:17PM
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.

billmyl Plus
5 171 1 Scotland
7 Sep 2013 5:09PM
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.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2024 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 5:14PM
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.


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!
billmyl Plus
5 171 1 Scotland
7 Sep 2013 5:35PM
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.


7 Sep 2013 5:44PM
Nice shot like image 1
billmyl Plus
5 171 1 Scotland
7 Sep 2013 6:02PM
Thanks doverpic for your kind comment.



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