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Dandylion Clock

By TelD    
early morning shoot in the garden. manual shot with 50mm macro manual focus,I wanted a shallow dof . edited in lightroom 4, tweeked contrast & clarity,

Tags: Macro Close-up and macro Dandylion Flower close up

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dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
2 May 2018 9:22PM
Looking back, you used to use a manual focus lens, and it was hard work. I'm guessing that you still use it... Tell me if not!

Have you found an easier way to use it?

This would be stronger without the bright area on the right - you could increase brightness in the image, then, for more impact.

Mod coming...
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
3 May 2018 1:23PM
This is different. I assume theres something blue behind the dandelion?

I replaced the white area by filling in with that same yellow colour, and a little sharpening, - makes quite a nice image. Replacing with the yellow is very easy to do by sampling the yellow, then paintin in at a low opacity and flow.


pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
3 May 2018 8:09PM
I like what Willie has done.
This is rather lovely, soft and dreamy. Your technique perfectly complements the softness of the dandelion's seedhead.

For me, it's not necessarily the white area that is a distraction, but the bright yellow, simply because it's brighter than the soft blue of the subject.

I have done a modification with a suggested presentation.
I duplicated the top right quarter of the image, mirrored it and placed it into the bottom right quarter.
Then I cropped the bottom for more of an offset presentation, adjusted Levels and selectively sharpened some fine shiny parts of the seeds.

TelD 8 United Kingdom
3 May 2018 9:01PM
Thank you both Dudler & Banehawl for the Critique.

Interesting Mod Willie It definitely does add something to the overall look and balance of the shot .
I totally agree that the the eye is drawn to the white over exposed sky and the bright yellow on the right,which is another out of focus dandylion that was in my framing your treatment deals with that problem though, I must admit I had not seen it until pointed out.

l used to use PS quite a lot when I got back into photography, but now try to resist the temptation to play around with the image to much unless really needed. maybe this shot did need some time in PS to correct it. and Maybe I need to spend more time just looking at the shot after editing.
I have been back out and checked and I'm not quite sure what the blue colour behind the dandylion was. It was early morning and It may well have been the green stem of another dandylion that has yet to flower.

Thank you for taking the time to do the mod.
The blue colour is more subdued in your mod what treatment did you give it?

thanks for remembering, been a long time since I put a shot up for critique. Yes still using the old manual focus sigma 50mm Macro. I think I have just about got to grips with it but still get it wrong from time to time, but that could be just down to the state of my eyesight.
I had to get right down to ground level on my side for this shot so I did have some difficulties with the camera and viewfinder in the portrait configuration.

I do see now what you mean about the brightness on the right of the shot unbalancing the pic. The bright yellow on the right was another out of focus dandylion
"which did look good at the time of taking the shot" plus the white of the over exposed sky.

I think I was to taken by the lovely colours that came out when editing to really stop and look at the balance of the shot.
Going to go back and re edit this shot and put up as a Mod.

Many thanks again

Regards Terry.
TelD 8 United Kingdom
3 May 2018 9:07PM

Very Nice Mod Pamela Love it
Sorry for not including you in my reply your reply and mod did not show up till I refreshed my page after posting my essay Smile
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
4 May 2018 2:52AM
With sincere apologies for the delayed mod... My computer has had soem sort of update, and files have gone to rather odd places...

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