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Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

Color is the theme at the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.  Nice timing because just this week we are starting to see some of the colors of Spring.  For the challenge I took some photos of my favorite flower, the daffodil.

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/125

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/125

This first photo I took using my Canon 50D.  I did a bracketed exposure because I knew I wanted to try some HDR post-processing using Photomatix.  I used a fast shutter speed in part because it was windy when I was taking these pictures.  This particular photo has been processed using the “painterly” setting in Photomatix.  Of the different settings I tried, this was the one that showed the most detail in the petals.

ISO 100 11mm 0ev f/5 1/100

ISO 100 11mm 0ev f/5 1/100

This second photo I took using my Canon Powershot ELPH.  I used a setting called “super vivid” to get this effect.  While I sometimes like what I get using this setting, this photo I think shows a pretty common “side effect” of using super vivid.  Sure there is a lot of color, but you lose some of the detail.  It is interesting to me that some of the flower has detail and other parts just don’t.  So, as with most camera settings, there isn’t a one “setting for everything” button.






35 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

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  2. Interesting comparison between the shots. It’s a glorious yellow in the second shot. In the first I think the nature of the background rendered in HDR distracts from the flower – it would look great with a smooth neutral background.


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  5. Excellent colour absorbtion in the second shot. Elph’s are very well made digicams for the regular consumer. Ther make fantastic shots and they’re quite durable in the field.

    There’s a very good reason why Canon is Nikon’s leading competitor in cameras and lenses.


    • Thanks, I have been happy with this one so far. To me the one thing I am not crazy about is the touchscreen on the back, I actually find that to be an awkward way to change settings. I know that is just the way it is going though, so I’ll just have to get comfortable with it.


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