Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Flowers, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Travel Theme: Tilted

Sometimes I think it is nice to have a photo challenge to push you to take a photo that you have been thinking about but haven’t taken yet.  When I saw tilted was the theme this week at Where’s My backpack? I thought of this sunflower that I pass almost everyday but had yet to take a photograph of.  So, I grabbed my camera, walked out the door, and went and got this photo:

ISO 100 14mm 0ev f/5 1/50

ISO 100 14mm 0ev f/5 1/50

The camera I chose to take this photo was my Canon Powershot ELPH.  I chose that over my Canon 50D because I think that my point and shoot gets really nice closeup shots.  Plus, it was hot, really hot, and my point and shoot weighs less.

As I was taking this photo I noticed that I hadn’t really paid attention to the background the other times I had walked past without my camera.  I was so busy looking at the beautiful flower I had just ignored all that was around it.  When I got to taking the picture though, I could see how distracting the background was potentially going to be.  Other than the distracting background, I felt that the other challenge in this photo was going to be light.  Too much light in this case.  I had set the ISO to 100, but still the original was a bit washed out looking in my opinion.

So, after taking this photo, I edited it in Photoshop.  I used the “levels” setting to make the color pop a bit.  I also sharpened and cropped the photo.

Here is the original from the camera version:

ISO 100 14mm 0ev f/5 1/50

ISO 100 14mm 0ev f/5 1/50



20 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Tilted

  1. Sonel says:

    Stunning shot PJB and I must say, I love both of the photo’s! Lovely entry for the challenge for sure. Thanks for sharing. 😀


  2. I love what you did with the sunflower. It does look much sharper and crisper. Out of curiosity, how big was that flower? I’ve seen them 6-foot tall and higher when I lived in the country. Now, if I’d only known about sunflower seeds back then, I could have had a free treat for weeks. 🙂


  3. Love sunflowers, especially in photos! One of these days I’ll do a post just for them. We saw fields full of them in Provence and then found a huge field of them about 5 miles from our home. On that one there was a high fence all the way around. If they plant flowers again this year I’m going to go ask them to let me in!!! good job on the post-processing too.


  4. I really like this photo and you did a great job with Photoshop to bring out the colors. I also like to use a point-and-shoot camera; sometimes those photos rival ones I take with a DSLR.


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