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Winter Rose

By IshanPathak  
Seriously a long time since my last upload, full credit to my scaphoid bone fracture which has just completed its 1 month today ( 1 more week for first follow up check up.) Pray it s not a non-union as i'm takiing my board exams next month.

After hectic 2 hours of study i took a break and decided to have a go with my camera. For a left handed attempt with bit of support from the 4 fingers left in right hand ( thumb included in plaster ) i think it turned out pretty well. My concern is that is the green too vibrant?

Any CC gladly taken Smile

Tags: Rose Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature

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CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
23 Jan 2015 6:19AM
A beauty, Ishan.

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PranavMishra 7 52 17 India
23 Jan 2015 7:32AM
lovely.. and natural.. no pretentiousness..
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2015 8:40AM
Well composed. It is just a touch under exposed and lacks that crispness of a really sharp image. Nothing is pin sharp, so I suspect a touch of movement, but the rose is a deep flower, so should you focus on the front of the petals or the stamen? Matter of taste.


Even on a compact, you could have done with more depth of field. The lighting was dull and thus, against you.

Paul
dudler Plus
16 979 1536 England
23 Jan 2015 8:52AM
So sorry to hear about the broken bone - and it sounds like a particularly unfortunate fracture for both a photographer, and someone with exams to sit soon... That probably explains the possible camera shake Paul mentions!

The green is close to okay - but roses often have very dull green leaves, so I've done a mod - nothing to it except reducing the green saturation. It looks more like Mrs Dudler's roses now!

The picture does look a fraction underexposed, but looking at the histogram, while there are some shadows that have lost all detail, the highlights are pretty perfectly pitched right at the top end of the graph.

Nice work - and I hope you're fully recovered soon!
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
23 Jan 2015 10:38AM
Thank you for your comments Carol and peekay Smile

Paul: Thank you for your comment Smile
Agree about not enough sharpness but it was my left hand so there was bound for movement even at that shutter speed.

Disagree about DOF. My camera cannot provide more dof than this at this focal length.

John: Thanks for the comment and mod. Your mod makes the image much more beautiful Smile

Ishan
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2015 4:29PM
I hope your fracture heals well, Ishan, and that you do well in your exams.

A lovely rose, and if your only concern is about the vibrance of the green, then I'd suggest you're fairly happy with the image. The green looks ok to me.

I have a few questions in my mind.
There is evidence of your having selected the rose, a few edges not quite perfect, and a bit of ghosting. This is, of course, only really obvious when zooming in close to the petal edges. So you may have changed the background, but I don't think that's the case. I feel that you chose a good clean background by design.
So I think you may have selected the background and blurred it because your camera doesn't give you the kind of blurred background that you would like.
Overall, your selection was fine, but you should zoom in close after working on the background, and tidy up any petal edges that need it.
In PaintshopPro, I find that a halo or ghosting can occur when blurring the background too much, especially noticeable where there is an area of high contrast, like a very light-coloured petal against an almost black part of the background.

The centre of the rose is quite dark, and that's understandable, unless there is sufficient direct light upon the front of the rose, and even then it may still stay in shadow. I wonder if you have ever tried using a little reflector for such occasions? The stamens often provide an attractive focal point, and are a nice contrast against the petals. There's a little black bug in there, too.

When you photograph a flower straight-on, as here, and it is fairly circular, then a square format often works well. I can understand why you left some negative space on the right, and you have probably been told that flowers look better when offset in the frame, but it's not always the case, and certainly not a guideline that you always have to adhere to.

I have done a modification where I removed most of the ghosting and cloned some of the petal edges to tidy them up. I then brightened the image and did a small Levels adjustment. I selected the centre, brightened and sharpened it.
I cropped to a square format, too.

Pamela.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2015 6:17PM
Does your camera have an aperture priority setting? If so, it is likely to have values to at least 5.6 or possibly f8.

Paul
IshanPathak 5 202 12 India
24 Jan 2015 4:15AM
Pamela: Thank you for your comment and lovely mod Smile


Quote:So I think you may have selected the background and blurred it because your camera doesn't give you the kind of blurred background that you would like.


Nope. Too hectic with left hand. Just soft focus effect in Picasa.


Quote: I can understand why you left some negative space on the right, and you have probably been told that flowers look better when offset in the frame, but it's not always the case, and certainly not a guideline that you always have to adhere to.


Your mod proves your point Smile. It looks gorgeous.

Paul: No my camera doesn't have that.

Quote: it is likely to have values to at least 5.6 or possibly f8.

it has 5.6 but on full zoom. If on no zoom il turn the aperture dial, it will change from 3.3 to f8. As i showed in my previous experiment, they produce no difference.

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