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By Disee      
Some months ago I packed up and left Zimbabwe to live here in Hassocks, U.K. and so only now getting back into picture taking again. I have, for some time, felt I lost some of my photo skills but with all the mags with DVD tutorials and books so easily available I am re-learning old and new skills.
Have now got myself a good tripod and I look forward to producing sharper shots. So here's a start and I submit this picture with some shyness and look forward to your comments. Nice to be back with you all again.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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GDO Plus
7 23 Czech Republic
30 Jun 2011 2:16PM
very nice, i was on the point to shot a bit the same last week, that was before big wind and rain

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pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1986 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2011 2:50PM
Hello, Dinah, so nice to see you uploading again. You have chosen a difficult subject to return with, but I think you have done well. It really all depends on how much of the dandelion head you wanted in focus. With no Exif information, I don't know what settings you used. It does look a little soft, though it's hard to tell without a large version available, but I am wondering if you remembered to sharpen after resizing for the site? I think the background could be more blurred because it doesn't take much in the background to compete with a delicate seedhead like this. Blurring the background in editing could work, and selecting the head with the magic wand is probably the best method because of all the fussiness around the edges. A black background of card or material always seems to make this type of shot look more dynamic. Because it is circular, the central orientation looks ok, and you have left a fair bit of space all around it. Don't be shy! But it would be helpful , when submitting to the Critique Gallery, if you included your Exif data and give some idea of your intention, where you feel you went right or wrong, if you are happy with it, etc.
PS: I thought I would have a go at a modification, so I selected the background and used Gaussian Blur, but I have lost some of the fine detail around the edges, which is a shame. I selectively sharpened the centre, which I think is where your focus was.
Disee Plus
8 20 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2011 4:26PM
Hello Pamela,
Thank you for critique, all was very useful and encouraging as well. I did my sharpening before I re-sized the picture - next time will try after re-sizing.
To follow your advise on including Exif data, I went to look for "How to include Exif data and found the following under Gallery FAQ:-
You can either upload the photo directly without choosing the save for web option. So just 'save as' and choose JPEG or if you have Photoshop CS3 or above then there are options to 'save for web' and keep the exif data. To do this choose 'All' from the Metadata drop down

and followed the instruction but it has left me even more puzzled. I have Ps CS3, went to 'save for web' but did not find the "Metadata drop down to choose "All" Sad Please can you advise me
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1986 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2011 10:15PM
You can obviously sharpen before resizing the picture, that's fine. But when you resize the image for the web, the reduction in pixels is going to make the image less sharp, and so you will generally need to sharpen again. I don't think I have ever uploaded a picture onto EPZ that didn't need resharpening after reducing the size. You will soon get to know just how much or how little to apply.
I don't use Photoshop, so cannot answer your question about Exif data, but I will try to find somebody who can.
9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2011 8:31AM
funny you should say that because i have cs3 and i havnt been able to find that feature either. i assume cs3 strips out data where other later versions give an option to retain data. Pete did illustrate the screens yesterday in the forum for exactly the same purpose, but my cs3 version of photohop didnt look like the illustration.

in the absence of that feature, just open bridge, select the image and the metadata will appear down the side. i usually just add that, plus lens, camera, tripod and filters etc to my description of the image so members can read how the image was taken. adding this information is a massive help to the critique team. its also a huge help to people looking in to see how things are acheived.

paulbroad Plus
10 123 1217 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2011 3:57PM
A perfectly good image. What is missing is impact - some punch. Difficult to do, but backlighting usually aids such images significantly. Unfortunately few people carry an external flash with extension cord! I have them, just don't carry them.

pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1986 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2011 5:38PM
Hello again, Dinah.
This is what Pete (Peter Bargh, the boss) had to say about this:-
"I can't remember how it looked in CS3 but I found this.
Quote: SFW in CS3 has an option to include XMP data.
XMP data appears to include EXIF data.
this option is under the same flyout arrow where you enable or disable convert to sRGB (immediately to the right of the preset selector)."
Disee Plus
8 20 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2011 7:38PM
Hello Pamela,
I went the route you quoted and did not see the XMP option. I also went to Ps help and typed it in, it was well explained but nothing on how to include it on SFW. Thank you so much for all your effort, my son returns Sunday and I think he will be able to help. In the meantime I will Phil's solution above. Thank you again, I appreciate the time you have given this.

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