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Passion Flower in Situ.

By centur
This is raw um enhanced un cropped image straight from my Digital camera..I submit it this way in the hope of gleaming some information/knowledge from more experienced members of BOTH persuasion ..a)What could I do to enhance this image in PS. AND b)what settings may have improved the original shooting of it with regards to taken it ..It was taken hand held ,taken while still on the vine thus surrounded by a lot of its foilage so there was very little available light .The Camera's inbuilt flash activated ..obviously ..all suggestions and comments gratefully recieved ..Thanks Cheryl

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Toymaker 18 587 1
20 Oct 2002 2:14PM
Sorry Cheryl, this doesn't do anything for me at all but I will try and give you an unbiased critique. I find the colours far too intense and the subject is too close. Its more of an abstract than 'something' but that maybe what you're after. On a positive note its artistic and the overall colour scheme appears to be correct'cos the white is spot on. Sorry this wasn't more positive Cheryl and hopefully some better critiques will emerge.
centur 19 106
20 Oct 2002 2:47PM
No need to be sorry Barry ... thanks for ur input I appreciate ur candour Smile I posted to get "advise" I have noted what u said about being to close ..thanks ..that helps me ..also I enjoy the image for the abstraction that I created consiously ..however I realised that it does not describe/record this flower in any recognisable way ...maybe IF more of the stamen(the orange bit at the top) was in shot that would have helped like u said .."move back" ..any way thanks again I too 'hope' that more people will add their voice to what I already consider to be valuable input thanks again Barry ..Cheryl (WHO is also hoping the vine is still in bloom tomorrow so as to try again and capture the beauty of what is considered here to be a noxious weed !)
Toymaker 18 587 1
20 Oct 2002 3:07PM
Its very subjective but you could say there are broadly two types of image. "A picture of . . ." where it would be the a full frame, all of the item 'you can spot it anytwhere' type of shot or "A picture based on . . ." where you use an item, or well known item, then distort it, add some artistic flair and produce a graphical/abstract effort. For instance if you photographed a daisy showing all the leaves people can see it everywhere and recognise it as a daisy. If you zoomed in showing only 4 petals then painted each one a different colour, then added some PS effects what are you left with?? You can still call it "Daisy" but its a graphical interpretation. Not a 'this is what they look like'. Go get 'um tiger - push out that envelope Wink))
centur 19 106
20 Oct 2002 5:25PM
lol Smile will do ..meanwhile ...maybe my next submision (if its accepted)will be readily "understood" thanks so much Barry kind regards for ur time and consideration ..Cheryl
trunkguy 18 3
20 Oct 2002 8:48PM
I think before you play around with effects in PhotoShop you may have a decent amount of success trying hues and levels. With a colour so vibrant as this red - changing the hues or colourizing it may make it a totally different bloom!
Mavis 19 143 2 England
20 Oct 2002 10:23PM
Well Cheryl shall I have my two pennyworth ? Red is a difficult colour . I would have concentrated on the middle stamens and got as much detailas you could . How you take your photo is up to you . ie: what angle and so-forth if you listen to everyone else it wont be your photo . I try mine ( macro Flowers ) on different close up settings and at different exposures . Also only put a third flash on close up or try a bit of white tissue over the flash gun .
centur 19 106
21 Oct 2002 2:34AM
Mavis Smile thanks re the technichnical data and the tip using a tissue ..will definately give them a whirl ..I will have to consult my "loner" cameras manual to see IF I can make those adjustments on it ..when next I have it in my careSmileRed IS difficult isn't it!I respect ur prowess on macro shots Mavis so I really appreciate ur input!..Trunk guy ..yes very true what you say ty ..cheryl
21 Oct 2002 9:33AM
Cheryl, macro with flash is a very difficult and ambitious thing to do, particularly with a built in as sole source as you will nearly always get harsh shadows. I only ever use daylight, it's predictable, and FREE. Try to avoid direct sunlight as it's too contrasty. If you're serious about macro then a tripod is a good investment. It'll slow you down hugely but that's no bad thing as you're forced to think about composition.
Mavis 19 143 2 England
21 Oct 2002 9:23PM
Cheryl I forgot to say I like the composition and the black whiskery bits . Any chance of some seed ?
centur 19 106
22 Oct 2002 1:30AM
Mavis ty Smile and If the vine seeds I will gladly get it for /to u some how ??? in any event It has given me a "little"task thanksSmile I have to warn u tho ...this is a very vigourous plant and would soon take over your beautiful garden IF it is left unattended ..something like Morning glory does Smile I love that plant as wellSmile jpdias ty 4 ur comments actually I did take this is daylight but i searched for the subject deep into the bushSmile cheryl

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