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Flower Power

By straightbat
My first attempt with a dark background, effect was created using Picaso. Critique welcome

Tags: Flowers and plants Digitally manipulated

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tonyguitar 9 77 37 Canada
6 Jul 2013 2:48AM
Is there room for critique? How is it your first attempt is more attractive than my ' Yellow Glow ' image? Kidding aside, this is a real beauty. Well done! TG
debu 11 India
6 Jul 2013 3:52AM
Great work.
6 Jul 2013 9:03AM
Thank you for your comments. After viewing your work it seems that I have a lot to learn.Blush
6 Jul 2013 9:05AM
Thank you Debu
ErictheViking 9 124 102 Scotland
6 Jul 2013 12:45PM
For first try at a dark background this is a nice image. For me I would like to see stronger colours to the image and slightly sharper.

I have loaded a MOD to demonstrate however my monitor at present is uncalibrated so the effects may be a little excessive.

Let me know what you think.

6 Jul 2013 1:58PM
Thank you Eric, Yes I do agree sharper is better, However I did try a Blue version but not so good as this one. I have also got to obtain some decent software, as good as Picasa is it does have its limits. Thanks for the mod and kind words.Smile
ErictheViking 9 124 102 Scotland
6 Jul 2013 3:24PM
For its price PSE 11 is pretty good and many 3rd party software applications work with it.

6 Jul 2013 3:41PM
Thanks Erik, will look at that.

Alda 9 70 30 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 4:19PM
You can download 'Perfect Effects Free'. It's free and has a really good selections of editing options, including sharpening/softening GrinGrin
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 6:00PM
This is quite a strong flower shot, but it lacks critical sharpness. I suspect both a lack of depth of field and a slower shutter speed. To learn, leave the creative modes alone and use aperture or shutter priority, or manual, and learn which are the best shutter speeds and apertures for which job.

Ideally, you needed f8 or smaller and thus a camera support to sustain the lower shutter speed. A tripod or, at least, a monopod. It is almost always imperitive that the correct part of an image is sharp, unless shooting for certain effects. Your exposure is spot on for a difficult subject.

6 Jul 2013 7:08PM
Thank you Alda will certainly look at it.

Thanks again

6 Jul 2013 9:26PM
Hi Paul,

Thanks for the comments and your expertise, I will take tripod into the garden tomorrow and try to follow your advice.

Thanks again

Jestertheclown 13 8.5k 253 England
6 Jul 2013 10:16PM
Hi Dave,
Picasa's OK and it does possess one or two tools that I use myself but if you're looking for something a bit more powerful, without parting with any cash, have a look at these:
Both will do a good job and although, personally, I've never got on with GIMP, a lot of people sing its praises.
Another option is Pixlr. This one's my favourite amongst the freebies although it does have the drawback of being unable to work on raw files. It's web based, meaning you can access it from anywhere and there's no need to download or instal it.

Good luck.

7 Jul 2013 2:46AM
Thanks Bren,
I will certainly look at Pixlr. I do like the idea not having to download the software. I will give serif a look as well.


iancrowson Plus
11 215 168 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 8:32PM
This is a nice flower picture.
The main problems is the lack of detail in the highlights. Eric mod corrects this a little. I have done a mod where I used Photoshop's shadows/highlights slider to recover most of the possible detail. I also sharpened a touch.
You lighting wa too harsh and contrasty, the hard shadows from the two lighting directions reduce the appeal of the image. As presented the right hand side is just about pure white which is not correct.
Use gentle light, diffused or soft window light, a tripod to steady the camera for the inevitable long shutter speed and an aperture to suit. With a large aperture F4 and focus on the centre and have some areas of petals out of focus or a smaller say f16 still focus near centre and have more of flower in sharp focus (small ap = greater depth of field, more in focus front to back)
7 Jul 2013 9:38PM
Hi Ian,
Thanks for the comments esp. about the lighting. Most of my photo's are taken when walking my dogs but I now realise that my own garden is full of flowers, so I will be carrying out your advice in the near future.

Thanks again


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