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Sparkling Dew drops

By EveLine1  
I took 2 pics of this rose from exactly the same angle. Of the 2 I prefer this one that was taken using the flash. The focus was manual.
I like the way the droplets sparkle. The rose almost has a plastic feeling to it, but I don't dislike the artificial look.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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ddolfelin 11 103 3 Wales
13 Feb 2015 9:50AM
This picture has a great feeling of a Summer shower.
Good work.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2564 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2015 9:56AM
You didn't try to underexpose here and the result is much better, although slightly overexposed due to using the flash so close to the subject. It needs darkening slightly, to enhance the three-dimensional feel, and how much you can do will depend on the software that you have available. (I shall have a look at darkening highlights, reducing brightness and then a Levels tweak. Then a bit of sharpening to really add sparkle.). But I like this a lot. Adjustment won't spoil the brightness of the water droplets, it will enhance it by giving better contrast.

You have an eye for composition - I like the way you have filled the top left corner with that diagonal bud, and the very precise focus on the heart of the rose.

I would be inclined to crop a slice off the right and bottom edges, to get rid of bits of dark background there, because they drag my eye downwards, whereas the image for me is about the rose looking upwards. Just leave the dark background top left, it works very well.

Modification to follow in a little while...
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2564 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2015 10:06AM
Modification uploaded, as above. It would be very difficult to diffuse the flash from a small camera. I would avoid using it this close to the subject. Look for good natural light, early morning or late afternoon give manageable light.
13 Feb 2015 11:35AM
Thanks for your comment and encouragement Moira! I wanted the black background so I used the flash. I wanted the rose to stand out from the background. Probably I was a bit to close although I liked the sparkle effect it gave the drops. Under "modifications" I added the one taken without flash (same daytime). The shadows come out nicer but it has a "normal" feeling to it.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2564 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2015 12:12PM
Thanks for adding the non-flash version. The exposure is more even, less harsh, as I would expect. There's potential but it needs work - look at the digital file as a film negative that comes to life when processed. It has so much potential that can be accessed and exploited... I shall see what I can do...
13 Feb 2015 1:24PM
the second mod ist nice too because it has both the dark background and the shadows and sunlight!
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4334 Canada
13 Feb 2015 2:05PM
Ive uploaded screenshots of your non flash shot, and your flash shot; the image shows the histogram, or the distribution and amount of light in the image.

Although the flash version appears brighter, the histogram shows that the non flash shot is a much better shot, and has much brighrter areas than the flash version.

In the flash shot, the graph is terminated abruptly on the right before any more nrightness data is gathered; this is the camera trying to limit the light from the flash, BUT, much of the tonal range is bunched up high on the right, or bright side.

In the non flash shot, you have a full range of tones. This is generally what you want.

I think, reading between the lines, that you want the water drops to sparkle more.This will happen best when you have a sharp focus, AND the drops are sharp. The mod I uploaded of the non flash version has the drops sharpened.

Read the camera manual and see if you can control the intensity of flash; and also be aware of Moiras advice on being close with a built-in flash.

When you upload, do you re-size first, or let the site re size the image? Do it yourself, but include a step to check and sharpen as needed before you upload.
So the process is resize>save-as>open>check and adjust sharpness>save>upload.


paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2015 7:44PM
They also sparkle more if lit from the rear or to a side. I quite like this. It is possibly a bit over exposed and a slight flash power reduction would be in order. I like your composition.

The original does have a better, more accurate tonal range. It is nearer to correct, but your version, for me, actually has more punch and you are pretty sharp.

Good effort.

14 Feb 2015 2:28PM
Dear Willie: thanks for your comments! Although the pic with the natural light has a wider version of tones, I actually prefer the other slight overexposed one. It is different and that is what I am usually looking for. The drops are sparkling and against the dark background the rose is even more prominent. Generally I agree with you but I wanted this to be uncommon. I cannot control the intensity of the flash. The camera is a small compact one and I can control the exposure and ISO. Otherwise it just has different modes (quite a lot actually) and it has a good macro. I like your mod though.

Thanks Paul!

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