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Manual Shot 2

By IshanPathak  
Another manual shot.. I know its not better than the previous one.. And in my opinion not even close to that..

But i took on higher ISO etc.

Background, this i time i find that blurred orange distracting but i couldnt do anything about it..Sad

Tags: Flowers and plants

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Ted447 Plus
5 213 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 7:43AM
Looks O.K. to me lovely colours. Ted. GrinGrin

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KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
15 Mar 2014 8:01AM
What an amazing flower - the colours are wonderful and you've caught it perfectly (I can't believe how far you've come in such a short time!)

As usual, you are fretting about the background. For me it's not too bad, but I do find the white areas at the top distracting - this is where post processing can be a my mod I've replaced it!! Smile

After selecting the flower (carefully zooming right in and using a small 'Selection' tool), I inversed the selection (which means I can only change the background). I then chose what colour I wanted to use (black) and using the 'Paint' tool I painted in the selected area. This can leave the edges looking a little pixellated, so using a small 'Blur' tool, I carefully went around the edges to blend them in slightly. Smile
Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 8:13AM
Morning Ishan

For me this is your best yet. I love the colour in this, not over saturated and the detail is there to see. A nice central composition which if anything is a little tight as the petal tips just go off the edge of the frame.

Karen is right as the only issue with the background are those bright areas right on the edge of the frame. An easy fix as Karen demonstrates.

The exposure is something to think about as this looks slightly underexposed. Not a lot, perhaps half a stop. The ISO is higher than it needs to be as coming down to ISO 200 would still have allowed you a shutter speed of 1/125s which again is normally fast enough to prevent any camera shake if handholding the camera to take the picture. You want to aim for as low an ISO as you can that will give you the aperture and shutter speed domination you require. Wide aperture to reduce depth of field and fast enough shutter speed to handhold.

Well done. Coming on well with these.

Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 8:20AM
Sorry didn't check before saving post - domination should be combination! I think it must be autocorrect on my iPad Grin
paulbroad 10 123 1241 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 3:03PM
Not a bad effirt. Just a touch tight in the frame and the tonal range has beaten you slightly with some petal ends close to burn out, but the centre a touch under. A touch with the dodge tool will help the shadows. There are several very bright highlights across the top edge. You should never have bright areas right on an edge. They distract.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 6:00PM
WOW! This is great, Ishan. You're an excellent pupil and a quick learner.
I hope that a lot of that past frustration has now vanished.

I think I explained in one my my PMs that I do what Karen has done prior to adding my own graduated background. Do you remember? Once the background is given a single colour, absolutely anything is possible because you just have to select it with the Magic Wand and transport the flower to another background. Maybe something for later.

Looking at the modification as it stands, now that the background is completely black, you could go about giving your flower a bit more breathing space by adding borders and, if you are feeling clever, cloning in that petal end that is missing at the top. It's only a "touch", and may even look okay without any cloning, just with a bit more black.
Go to Image on the top menu, then to "Add Borders" and a box will appear with your options. Click on the Colour box, click on Black on the image, then OK Check "Symmetric" if you want the same border all the way around. If not, and you want to give the top one a bit more, uncheck "Symmetric" and just put a figure in the "Top" box. Then OK. Play around with it until you are happy.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3878 Canada
16 Mar 2014 3:24PM
Im coming to this shot after the comment I left on the "dog" shot.

Im not adding really anything new that hasnt been said, however, I just want to give you some process to use when shooting in M mode.

You need to think about settings before you take the shot. First, as Paul mentioned, you need to use the lowest possible ISO; then you decide if you want a shallow depth of field, or not, - which determines aperture; and then when you have decided these two parameters and entered them into the cameras settings, you will chose shutter speed, selecting this according to the light meter display on the LCD to get the pointer in the middle; when this is done, you need then to decide if this shutter speed is too slow for the focal length you are using, - remember the 35mm equivalent rule I mentioned on the dog shot, - 1/focal length, though image stabilization will give you some range to play with; CAUTION, the closer you are to the subject, the faster you shutter speed needs to be, and at very close distances, image stabilization would be of no help. If its too slow, then you make another decision, will you use a tripod or not? If yes, then take the shot; if no, then you need to get the shutter speed faster, and you do this by INCREASING ISO just enough to get the shutter speed you need.
Use this logical approach each time, and after a short time, it will become easy and routine for you.

Hope this helps,



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