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This was my first play with selective adjustment on photoshop. I used the magnetic lassoo to isolate one daffodil, they inverted my selection to select the rest of the pic.

When I removed the saturation from the rest of the pic I deliberately didnt take all the colour out because for some reason it just didnt look right, so you will see that there is still just a faint hint of colour there.

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Only one yellow daffodil
Username:matt1902 matt1902
Uploaded:24 May 2008 - 8:07 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Daffodil, Digitally manipulated, Wildlife / nature
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BERTRAM  7 United Kingdom
24 May 2008 - 9:32 AM

nice shot.but i think it would have been a better shot if the yellow flower was in the middle

Last Modified By BERTRAM at 24 May 2008 - 9:32 AM

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I think this is generally a nice shot that could easily be improved with a few minor points.

1: For me the depth of field is not conducive to a good composition. In order to make those two particular flowers to stand out you need greater seperation from the fore and backgrounds. I'd recommend that you open right up and blow everything completely out of focus beyond the stamen, or reselect the two primary flowers and then add a heavy blur to the background layer.

2: Because you haven't entirely desaturated the rest of the shot, this actually looks like a photo of two different coloured flowers in a bunch, as opposed to a bunch of identical flowers, with one highlighted and enriched in it's natural hue, whilst the rest have been desaturated to obtain seperation. You're right, the slight saturation does give it a natural feel, but I think it prevents you achieving the ultimate result you set out to get.

3: From a composition perspective i would have shot from slightly lower, to try and remove any flowers from the background altogether, as I think the main subject would work far better against a dark, neutral backdrop. As it is the main focus of this shot is obscured by the cluttered nature of the rest of the composition.

A nice idea though, and certainly not one for the bin, but i think it could be improved upon.


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