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By mohanramyaa
This was taken a very long time ago now, haha, when I was playing around trying macro Photography, please leave comments!

Tags: Photography Flowers Nature Flower Grass Pink Plants Purple Green Marco Close-up and macro

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22 Jan 2015 7:32PM

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22 Jan 2015 7:36PM
Thank you! @MICH1974
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1665 England
22 Jan 2015 7:57PM
A lovely flower, and I can quite see why you wanted to photograph it.

There are a couple of issues, and one of them is beyond my technical ability to solve properly.

The big problem is that the picture lacks contrast. And by far the brightest area is in the background, and distracts the viewer.

So I've very crudely cloned out the brighter parts, then increased the overall brightness in Levels. However, half a step to the left when you were shooting would have put the flower against a darker and less mixed background - to make colours sing, put them against darkness...

I also cloned out some dark marks on the flower that may have been imperfection in the petals, but might also be dust on your sensor - if they kept appearing in the same places on all your pictures, your sensor needed cleaning!

Finally, I cropped the picture to put the flower less in the centre, to give a more obviously-pleasing composition.
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4138 Canada
22 Jan 2015 8:31PM
I have uploaded a mod, based on the following comments:

The image is underexposed; since the subject, the flow, has a brighter light source behind it in the frame, you should not use -2/3; you should have used +1/3.

You used spot metering, - dont. Use the default matrix metering 95 % of the time.

Sharpened the image after youre finished with post processing and resizing for the site. This needs a lot of sharpening. If you resize, and then save the resized image, DONT upload it yet; open it, check and adjust sharpness, then save, and THEN upload.

Think about composition; a single flower can be very effective right in the iddle of a square frame.


22 Jan 2015 9:14PM
Thank you for your comments and modifications! I really appreciate it! Smile @Willie @dudler
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2015 8:31AM
Willie says all. You are under exposed but the big problem is the lack of sharpness. Not macro, of course, this is a close up. In this type of shot you must have at least a plane of critical sharpness, and nothing is fully sharp and will not sharpen fully, so you are likely to be inside the actual focusing range of the lens.

Ideally, a tripod, but critical focusing and better lighting on the subject. Do not use spot with automatic settings unless you are using shutter lock, which, you may be. ut spot is likely to be why this is under. If the tone you meter fom is not equated to 18% grey, then without compensation, you will get the wrong exposure.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2231 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2015 9:57AM
John and Willie have covered the techie aspects thoroughly. This needs more light, more contrast. I'll add a couple of suggestions to think about for when the sun and the flowers finally come back to us.

Avoid lunchtime, when the choice is between harsh overhead sun or deep shadow as you have here.

Flowers need light; and directional light, say low sun in early morning or late afternoon/evening, will show up contours and surface textures. But direct, strong sunlight is best avoided. Flower petals are covered in little iridescent 'scales' that will give you blown highlights at the drop of a hat.

Low sun filtered through foliage can help. Other possibilities - get a piece of fine muslin to act as a diffuser, and get someone to hold it so that it softens the light falling on the flower. Or if you find a flower in shadow, try using a sheet of cooking aluminium foil to reflect light onto it. (The less shiny side works well).

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