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Guinea

By IshanPathak  
A Close up shot of this flower. Its ideal for Macros too as it has so many little aphids.

Squarish crop giving even breathing space all around for the flower and added Vignette just for fun.

I used a slow shutter speed as it was quite calm and the movement of the flower was null.

any critique will be appreciated.

Tags: Guinea Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 10:11AM
A beautiful bloom captured from a very good point of view, however I feel that the centre of the bloom is somewhat dark which in turn hides the detail within. May I suggest in future that your use a fill in flash in order to irradiate such a problem. Alternatively you make like to increase the exposure or lighten the shadowily areas slightly in that area during post production if possible.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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IshanPathak Plus
1 202 12 India
15 Jun 2014 10:19AM
Hello Nathan,

I agree with you, i tried using flash but that made the petals blow.


Quote:Alternatively you make like to increase the exposure or lighten the shadowily areas slightly in that area during post production if possible.
Agreed and i will do it next time.

Thank You for your comment Smile
15 Jun 2014 10:32AM
good day Ishan I think use of flash as you say would blow the flower as you are shooting in macro as Nathan says try different exposure settings uploaded a mod where I have tried to highlight the centre a bit more keep up the good work and enjoy!!

Graham
mrswoolybill Plus
9 841 1372 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 11:55AM
Flash wouldn't work when the camera is this close to the flower, the petals are covered in iridescent scales that reflect light. Fairly flat light is best for photographing flowers, to avoid blown highlights, but the centre of this one is quite dark and densely packed, that's the problem. Try holding a sheet of white card up to reflect light onto the flower, or better still get someone to help you with this; the effect is much subtler than flash.

As the image stands, lightening shadows and adding brightness, plus a Levels adjustment could help. Mod to follow...
Moira
IshanPathak Plus
1 202 12 India
15 Jun 2014 12:07PM
Thank you for your lovely mods Graham and Moihra.

I agree that the center part is a bit dark.


Quote:Try holding a sheet of white card up to reflect light onto the flower, or better still get someone to help you with this; the effect is much subtler than flash.



Thank you for your advice. I will try it next time will post the result Smile
pamelajean Plus
10 949 1785 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 2:17PM
Hi, Ishan, just thought I would try a plain background (see mod).
Selected the background with the Magic Wand, filled it with black, then touched up around the petal edges.

Pamela.
IshanPathak Plus
1 202 12 India
15 Jun 2014 2:30PM
Thank you for your mod Pamela

The Black works nicely with the reddish flower.

Lovely Mod. Smile

Ishan
CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
15 Jun 2014 2:51PM
Lovely detail, well captured. Carol
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3354 Canada
15 Jun 2014 3:52PM
One of the better ones youve uploaded for a while Ishan, well done.


Its very underexposed, needs as much as +1, and the mod Ive uploaded has this done.



Regards


Willie
IshanPathak Plus
1 202 12 India
15 Jun 2014 3:58PM
Thank You Carol and Willie

Willie, your mod is great, brings out the liveliness. Thank you so much.


Quote:One of the better ones youve uploaded for a while


I agree, but recently i have been experimenting with various genres so it wasn't possible to get perfection. Smile

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