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past it's best

By mcginty
Taken on macro this morning walking the dog.I am unsure how to bring out the best in the centre help needed.Thanks.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Suehh 13 39 6 England
26 Sep 2009 5:27PM
The light on the silver thread stamens is lovely - the image lighting and colour so aptly captures the fact that autumn is here again and everthing is preparing for winter. Susan

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ptitcendrier 11 25
27 Sep 2009 9:55AM
Hello, Valerie
I agree with Susan, this is a wonderfully pleasant image, the lighting is fine and the atmosphere speaks for itself. I saw you had wanted the center to pop out, if i can say so, and i tried my best with this.
Shooting in macro automatically blurs the background and sharpens the subject, but if you want to go for even more emphasis on the subject, there are some post-shooting hints that may help.
What i did first was to play a little with the exposure. because of the fact that usually the eye automatically focuses on the bright ares first, i darkened a little the background (by adjusting the midtones and the shadows) and then increased a little the highlights; i also removed the very small overexposed center of the plant in order to recover some detail.
Then, i went for some warmer tones, by adjusting the rgb; a little boost in red and green makes it all warmer.
A little bit of sharpening to make the center clearer and then a blur vignette and this is it!

I hope i have managed to help at least a little.

Congratulations for a nice post, well composed and pleasant for the eye to watch.

Have a nice day!
mcginty 11 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2009 1:17PM
Thank you for your help in transforming my image it is just as I wanted it to look like was this done using paintshop pro if so I have it and will play around as you suggested thanks regards val
ptitcendrier 11 25
27 Sep 2009 7:57PM
you're welcome, valSmile i'm glad it helped. Actually, what i used was ACD Pro 2.5, but maybe you can find the effects i mentioned, in other programs too.
Wish you all the best!
gerrymac 12 10 1 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2009 1:55PM
Nice image Valerie....great dof...there is another way around your prob. its by taking two pics of same subject (tripod) smallest aperture on one shot wider in the other....layer in PS use your eraser to bring out the center or any other part of image you wish.

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