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Flower within

By sehrbrock
The inside of a flower

Tags: Flower Flowers and plants

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dudler Plus
15 877 1496 England
16 Jun 2019 8:50AM
I think this is quite a big enlargement from a small area of the frame, Richard.

You shot in soft light, which has allowed you to show the delicate details of the flower. However, the image is lacking in contrast and brightness as a result.

My mod simply adjusts these with the Levels tool - I moved both highlights and shadows sliders inwards, and moved the midtones slider to the left. I hope this retains the subtleties of your image, while adding a little more impact.

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pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2082 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2019 8:04PM
I like this type of flower photography, Richard. Filling the frame with the petals and making a feature of the stamens is always interesting, and offsetting the flower centre in the frame generally works well, too, as you have done here.

Your Exif Data hasn't automatically uploaded, but I suspect that John is right in that this is blown up. There is a lot of noise/grain in the image, and without knowing what ISO setting you used, we have come to this conclusion.
If this is in fact the case, I would advise that you always try and get the framing right in-camera, especially if you want to produce dramatic photos and make the most of your frame.

Cropping works best when you start with a large image, one with a high resolution. It's a good idea to shoot at the highest resolution your camera offers most of the time, regardless of what it is you’re photographing.
The more you have to blow it up the more you degrade the quality.
If you start off with a small file, your editing options will be very limited.

In my modification, I removed some of the grain, then adjusted contrast, sharpened, and added a frame. I also removed some petal blemishes.
My second modification simply shows the flower mirrored, "looking" from left to right. The western eye reads from left to right and tends to enter a photo at the left, so this shows you what a difference it can make.

17 Jun 2019 12:54AM
This was not a enlargement is was taken with the 50 mm lens inverrted or reversing the lens
dudler Plus
15 877 1496 England
17 Jun 2019 3:28PM
Thank you for the extra info, Richard. Reversing the lens makes it necessary to focus manually, and that often introduces some softness: it also puts exposure firmly into manual.
paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2019 8:16PM
Reversing lenses give large magnification but is difficult to manage and regularly results in soft images and poor exposure. You are under exposed here and not very sharp. Does the lens have a manual aperture ring or are you wide open? if wide open you have little chance of a good result this close.


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