50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Flowers, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Travel Theme: Delicate

I really enjoy the changing seasons.  The other week I was hiking at Babler State Park and I took some pictures of wildflowers.  I love to see the changes and imperfections in their petals as the weather is getting cooler.  When I saw that delicate was the theme at Where’s My Backpack?  I thought that these photos would fit nicely:

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/250

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/250

Here is the original photo that has been cropped but not really edited much.  I have the f-stop set at 5.6 because I wanted to get the two blooms in front in focus but I was OK with the ones in the back being out of focus.  If those back buds had been in focus I think the surrounding greenery would have been distracting.  I chose a fairly high shutter speed because it was a bit breezy and I was bracketing my exposures as well.  I bumped up the ISO a bit to help the exposure as it was a bit dark.

Since I had a bracketed exposure I decided to make an HDR image using Photomatix.  This shot below is with the “creative setting”.

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/250

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/250

I like the detail in the petals but it wan’t really what I was going for.  Since there is also a HDR setting in Photoshop, I gave that a try:

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/250

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/250

I’m using the “regular” setting for this image. I then had to use the burn tool to bring in more detail in the petals.  I’m not crazy about the way the background flowers turned out in this one though.

It’s funny because there are elements of each photo that I like, but I don’t really have a favorite.  How about you? Does one appeal to you more than the others?  My other photos from Babler State Park are here and here.

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Travel Theme: Deep (in the woods)

You never know what you might come across when you are out hiking.  In this case, I was deep in the woods.  The travel theme this week at Where’s My Backpack? is deep, so I figured I was in the right place.  Turns out, I was in the right spot for a little mystery:

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/160

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/160

I’m not sure which question I had first; was it, why is there a stone building here? or which storm?, we get a lot of them and I was just curious to know which storm the sign was referring too.  I was at the Babler State Park in Missouri on a Monday so the visitor’s center was closed, so my questions will have to wait for another visit.  And I will be going back, it is a nice park with hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

Here is my original photo:

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/160

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/160

I don’t know about you, but when I first looked at it, I thought the color was just wrong to go with the theme of deep.  I wanted the richer orange color you see in the finished version.  To get the look I was going for, I opened the photo in camera raw, and in the basic settings I adjusted the temperature setting to be a bit warmer.  Then in Photoshop, I opened up a film plug-in and applied a Fuji Provia 100F filter.  I thought that the little bit of texture that the filter added helped with the deep theme.  I also sharpened it a bit.

What do you think?  Does the first one say “deep” to you more than the second?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

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