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Things to come

By salopian
Flower heads bursting from the bud. Trying to convey the energy of spring. When fully open there will be 20 or more bell shaped flowers hanging down. Know the name of the plant but just can't recall it at the moment.


Tags: Flowers and plants Bud Garden flowers

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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
15 May 2019 2:39PM
A variety of allium?

The flower is well taken, and well exposed in difficult conditions. Flatter light with the sun lower in the sky would suit this better, less risk of bleaching the upper surfaces.

The problem for me is really the bright background, again partly down to bright sun. I suspect that this is a situation for one of Pamela's portable card backgrounds.

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
15 May 2019 3:21PM
Yes, rather harsh direct sun caused hot highlights.

You can reduce these a bit in post processing, - done in the mod.


paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
15 May 2019 9:25PM
As above. Decent, but the lighting is quite harsh. It can help o use a flash fill with a reduced ambient exposure.

dudler Plus
16 947 1520 England
16 May 2019 10:48AM
A tiny touch of negative exposure compensation would have given you the sort of tonality there is in Willie's mod - and I might have tried to suppress the background by moving fractionally to the right, excluding the brighter parts of the background. The spider's web would then have shown up even better.

An alternative, if it's non-damaging, is to use cloth tape to tie back intrusive plants, though if it's not in your own garden, you need permission...
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
16 May 2019 9:07PM
The dark background has caused the camera to give more exposure than is needed, and combined with the harsh light has resuted in washed out detail.

Use some negative exposure compensation (you could shoot several shots at different settings to be wel on the safe side as it may be difficult to judge exactly). That would reduce its intrusiveness, especially if you can't reposition yourself as John suggests, or you're in a situation where that's not possible).

Combine that with Paul's suggestion of fill in flash, or even a small reflector to bounce light back onto the flower will help to reduce the contrast to a more manageable level. The advantage of using a reflector is that you can see the efect i real time.

salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
18 May 2019 10:24AM
Thanks for the useful and interesting comments and for taking the time to produce the mods - Keith's is just the effect I was looking for. A few days previously I had shot the plant in low evening sun which just caught the opening bud with the background in shadow and I tried negative exp comp and spot metering off the bud case and the background was rendered almost black, but with plenty of detail in the highlights. Looked fine on the camera screen but on the monitor I could see I had not got my manual focus right, so not good enough to post. Used auto focus on this shot which worked better but the lighting not so dramatic.
Moira - yes Allium Bulgaricum - Looked it up in the late wife's plant list. Very dramatic plant, the flower stalk shoots up to a metre or more seemingly overnight.


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