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Sakura, Sakura

By Sararose
This is a cropped version of the first upload I ever made on here.

Tags: Close-up Flowers and plants Cherry blossom

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KarenFB Plus
9 4.6k 167 England
24 Aug 2011 6:29AM
This is beautiful, the blossom is so pretty! The image looks a lot neater now, without the green in the corner - the eye can stay and look at the wonderful details you've managed to capture! Smile

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Sararose 4 17 United States
24 Aug 2011 7:02AM
Thanks a million, Karen! Grin
perkyjude 4 46 11 England
24 Aug 2011 8:43AM
Very pretty. Although it does look a touch under exposed on my screen.
MrsS 9 4.5k 18 England
24 Aug 2011 8:51AM
Looks lovely - I like the complimentary background too Smile

Fran x
hasslebladuk 6 1 6 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2011 8:57AM
Lovely shot and a little under exposed on my sceen also
but well done
mike
Sararose 4 17 United States
24 Aug 2011 6:27PM
I love the modification, Frank! Grin Thank you! Now I do see the underexposure...

Thanks, everyone else!
Jestertheclown Plus
7 7.2k 249 England
24 Aug 2011 8:54PM
This does look a little underexposed but the problem with simply increasing the exposure or brightening it to rectify it is that the blossoms blend in with the sky behind them.
Checking the levels, this doesn't appear to actually be particularly underexposed. What I think has happened is that the camera has been unable to expose correctly for both the blooms and the (brighter) sky, so it's compromised on both.
I reckon the answer here would have been to use flash to fill in.
perkyjude 4 46 11 England
25 Aug 2011 7:56AM
jestertheclown- I think you are right - a tiny bit of fill in flash was needed, as the exposure lift is ok, but still not quite right. How about a tiny bit of dodging on the blooms as it's too late to add flash?
Jestertheclown Plus
7 7.2k 249 England
25 Aug 2011 11:02AM

Quote:How about a tiny bit of dodging on the blooms as it's too late to add flash?

Yep! That would work if you were careful.

Anoother way would be to select just the flowers and lift them a bit using the shadows/highlights tool. Don't use it on the whole image though as you'll get the same problem as just using levels or brightness.

Easier still, if it's possible, would be to take the shot again.

Jester.
paulbroad 8 108 988 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2011 1:10PM
Yes, you needed flash fill here, and many compacts are quite good at this on auto. Try one with and one without - that is what the LCD is really for - an immediate check! You could improve this with the dodge tool, just to brighten the flowers but be careful not to overdo, or the image goes flat as you kill the contrast.

Paul
Sararose 4 17 United States
26 Aug 2011 3:01AM
Thanks, everyone!

Would raising the exposure compensation work just as well?

And I don't know how to use the dodge tool yet, but I'll play around with it.
Jestertheclown Plus
7 7.2k 249 England
26 Aug 2011 10:47AM

Quote:Would raising the exposure compensation work just as well?

No. Increasing the exopsure compensation will increase the exposure over the whole image, brightening everything. That's effectively what Frank's done in his mod by adjusting the levels.
What's needed here is to lighten only the flowers, leaving the rest as it is., hence using a flash which would light up the flowers but not the backgrond.
I've uploaded a (very quick) mod. in which I used the lasso to select the flowers. I brightened them using curves (just a straightforward lift of the RGB curve), then inverted my selection (to select the rest of the image, leaving the flowers untouched) and de-saturated it all slightly.
The overall effect is that te flowers have become highlighted and the background more subdued.
You'll see a sharp edge where I made my selection. That's because it was done very quickly just using a single layer. In real life, I'd have made the selection and alterations using more layers and a layer mask which would eliminate the "edge" but hopefully, you'll get the general idea.

Hope this helps.

Bren.
paulbroad 8 108 988 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2011 11:43AM
There are many ways to do things in software. Some easy, some complicated. In order to process the average image and make it better, master just a few very uncomplicated processes first.

The histogram, to correct exposure and contrast. Sharpening tools and dodging and burning in tools. That will do most of the common jobs. Curves, brightness adjustment and other simple tools help. Steer clear of auto correction functions - they rarely get it right.

There are many other things to learn, but I believe any newcomer should master the basics first and feel comfortable with them before moving on.

Paul
jamestheboy 6 447 5 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2011 2:42PM
Good work




james Smile
Sararose 4 17 United States
28 Aug 2011 2:45AM
Thank you, Bren, I love the modifcation! It looks great!

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