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Poinsettia

By IshanPathak  
Got my plaster removed, bone is healed but the pain is still there Sad

V1 was an attempt to take a macro of aphids. I was confused how many petals should be included, but still cropped off a bit. Will upload the original.

V2 is the same flower in bunch. I have never tried capturing more than one flower in the frame, and i must say its tough. Does the cut off petals a negative point? I think i may have overdone the processing a bit in this one. The petals look a bit blown.

Would really love to know how can i improve both the shots.Flowers are there, and i always spend my break from study in photography. So i can take the advice to capture follow ups.

Any CC gladly taken.

Tags: Poinsettia Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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Hi there! I really like the 1st image, and think it is the best of the 4, even with the crop. In fact, the crop brings the flowerettes much closer, and causes the eye to zoom there immediately. The other view of the same image doesn't pull me in as quickly, or as fully, as v1. I think the crop could be your friend after all! I think v1, blown up onto a large canvas, would be stunning on a wall!

I have to agree with your thought on v2. The petals are a bit orange-y, but not overly so.

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IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
28 Jan 2015 7:54AM
Thank you for your comment Smile

Doesn't the petals in V1 bother you?

V3 and V4 are original
iancrowson Plus
9 213 146 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2015 1:55PM
I prefer V!, the exposure and colours look fine. You have focused on the centre row of heads and they are nicely sharp.
I find the out of focus heads behind are a distraction.
For this image I would have tried to get all the heads in focus, bigger aperture and slower shutter speed.
Other than that, moving the camera position to the left may have enabled you to isolate one head against a red leaf background.
You have to ask your self what was the purpose of the photo. Did you what to show record detail of one head? or create an overall pretty flower photo?
I think a wider view of the whole flower may have been best, more like V2 but showing one flower but without stick.
Your approach is good, takes lots of shots from different angles closer and further away.

regards
Ian
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
28 Jan 2015 2:09PM
Thank you for your comment


Quote:For this image I would have tried to get all the heads in focus, bigger aperture and slower shutter speed.


Valid point. I will give it a go tomorrow.

Quote:
moving the camera position to the left may have enabled you to isolate one head against a red leaf background.



do you mean i should take a sort of headshot of the aphids?
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4052 Canada
28 Jan 2015 3:28PM
Hi Ishan. Ive missed you in the CG! I didnt know you had been injured, hope you have a speedy recovery. Bone pain is not nice, and does get better with time.

In general, you are underexposed when I look at the originals; a slower speed was certainly needed to increase brightness.

So Aphids are very small; its quite a challenge to capture them. They are also usually green on green to make things more complicated. You used 7mm, so zoomed in a bit, and perhaps you have to zoom more to get those tint insects larger in the frame?

As it it, you have a nice shot of the centre of the flower. V1 works well, and the cut off leaves in other version make no difference to me.

I have a version of the closer shot with increased exposure and some sharpening I uploaded using the original. Check the LCD after each shot to monitor exposure, so you know if you need more, or less exposure and you can adjust and take the shot again.

I prefer your crop in V1 to the 10 X 8 I used in mod1, so I also loaded a 7 X 5 that closer to your original.

regards


Willie
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
28 Jan 2015 3:39PM
Thank you for your comment Willie.Smile


Quote:Bone pain is not nice, and does get better with time.


This thing i have been confused about. Even when the fracture is healed? It pains similar to when my bone was broken.


Quote:In general, you are underexposed when I look at the originals; a slower speed was certainly needed to increase brightness.



Agreed but i still cant use my right hand properly. It feels so weak that i cant even lift a book without shaking. So i had to take a fast shutter speed otherwise there would have been motion blur.

Quote:
You used 7mm, so zoomed in a bit, and perhaps you have to zoom more to get those tint insects larger in the frame?



Agreed, will try with more zoom.

Quote:
. Check the LCD after each shot to monitor exposure, so you know if you need more, or less exposure and you can adjust and take the shot again.



This is the part i have been facing problems with for a long time. When i take a picture in my camera, it looks great on my camera screen. And when i transfer it to my computer, it all becomes pale,soft,dull,underexposed. It is really tough to get a shot which has an ok exposure both on my camera and monitor screen. ( I say ok, perfect seems to be far away )

Is V1 too underexposed or did i process right?

Your mod looks excellent as always. Thank you so much for it Smile
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4052 Canada
28 Jan 2015 4:26PM
V1 is a lot better Ishan. It can be a touch brighter, but its fine.

Do you have the ability to view the histogram on the LCD, as well as the image, or instead of the image? Its the histogram that you really want to see. On many camera, when you are viewing the image, if you press something like "INFO" or "DISP" it may change what you see.


yes, bones take a long time to heal, - 3 - 6 months, and the pain can be bad. I assume youve had some painkillers prescribed for you, at least for night time so you can sleep?


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IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
28 Jan 2015 5:00PM
I do try to look at histogram but i dont find it very accurate. Often Picasa/photoshop/coral histogram shows different than that of my camera on the original image.

My fracture has healed. took 5 weeks. But i am still facing the pain. Is that normal?

Nope, no medicines.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2015 8:44PM
Your originals are very flat. V1 is quite a good close up with decent tones and a reasonable plane of focus. The lighting is poor and not really adequate for the job, and I can't even see any aphids. You need at least 1:1 full macro for such subjects.

The answer for tiny insects with any degree of success is full macro, at least f16 and a dedicated macro flash system to get the light where it is needed. I dear that means a considerable cost penalty.

Paul
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
29 Jan 2015 4:27AM
Thank you for your comment Paul...


Quote:The answer for tiny insects with any degree of success is full macro, at least f16 and a dedicated macro flash system to get the light where it is needed. I dear that means a considerable cost penalty.


I agree but i dont get all this before Msrch so i have to cope up with what i have got Smile
dudler Plus
16 987 1538 England
29 Jan 2015 7:30PM
I'd say (knowing the limitations of your camera...) that this is a very good shot indeed.

There may be scope for a little tidying around the edges, or slight recomposition to avoid needing to do that - but highly creditable - and incredibly sharp for f/4 and close up!
sparsh845 4 18 India
24 Jul 2015 12:06PM
Cant belive that this is a shot of point and shoot...hats off to you!!!😍

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