Added to One Word Sunday, Symmetry.
Added to One Word Sunday, Symmetry.
What first attracted me to this scene was color. I loved the contrast of the deep pink and green, so I took the photo:
I was using my 50mm lens and centered the flower in the frame. I saw the various other elements, the fence and the rest of the flower and figured that when I was editing, I would probably decide on a crop that would take the flower out of the center. When I was reviewing my files, I made the choice that I found the fence more interesting than the rest of the flower, so I went with this crop:
A few other edits have been applied here, but not many and none of them too heavy. This gentle, rather delicate looking bloom called for a light touch when it came to editing.
What do you think, do you like this crop? A natural and a man-made object in the same frame can lead to a bit of tension, do you like it here? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Added to Tuesday Photo Challenge, Gentle.
Picfair version here.
I love taking nature photos. This one was a bit of an unexpected find:
Unexpected for two reasons. The first is that it was taken in a cemetery, though you’d never know it from this photo. The second is that it was taken with my 50mm lens. I was able to get that close without the butterfly flying away.
The original file is this one:
I chose this file to work with because I thought the exposure was pretty much perfect. I liked the amount of detail in both the butterfly and the flower it is sitting on. I also loved the summery colors in this image, what can I say, this winter just seemed to drag its feet on the way out this year. I cropped the photo and then the biggest edit was to remove the blade of grass that was just to the left of the flower, I found it pretty distracting. I used the healing tool in Lightroom for the removal. I have also boosted the luminance and clarity and added a vignette.
What do you think of the edit? Have you ever come across a nature image in an unexpected place? Feel free to comment below.
Picfair version is here.
I took some photos last week of a beautiful backlit wildflower. That was the quick and easy part. I am currently taking a photoshop class, so I have been busy editing everything. When I took the photo, I had split toning in mind. Sonel hosts a weekly split toning challenge and the theme this week was flowers. Here is my final image:
The “problem” with Photoshop is that you could muck around with a photo pretty much forever. I put problem in quotes because I am quite aware that is a user induced problem; the Photoshop program is also happy to sit idle on your machine.
But back to this image. I liked the photos I had taken of this flower, but I was wondering if I could get a more detailed result by creating an HDR image. So, I tried it and here is the result:
It is pretty, but I was really looking to bring out some detail in the center of the flower, so I considered this a partial success. I then shifted my focus back to split toning. I opened this HDR image in Bridge and converted it to greyscale. Then I looked at my split toning options. I decided to make the highlights red and the shadows yellow. I still was not completely happy with the center of the flower. So, I opened my photo as a smart object in Photoshop. Once I had done that, in the layers panel I clicked the make copy via smart object option. I did this because I knew that I could then take my copy back into Camera Raw, adjust the exposure for the center of the flower, and then go back into Photoshop. Then I made a mask and keep the center only of that version for my final version. Once I had the flower looking the way I wanted, I cropped and sharpened the image.
That’s a lot of editing for a flower. More than I really was thinking when I took the photo. How about you, have you ever gone overboard with your editing? What do you think of my final images? do you prefer one over the other? questions about my editing? Your comments are welcome below.
When I first saw that focus was the subject of this week’s photo challenge at WordPress, I thought about taking a photo creating focus based on depth of field. But I have also started a new term at school and I am taking a Photoshop class. I am going to be very focused on learning new ways to edit my images so I used some of the techniques we covered in class this week to create this image:
Here’s how I edited the image in Photoshop:
The bottom line here is that I was messing with the color to create focus. Here is the original:
I took this photo using my Canon 50D and a 50mm lens. I was using a tripod and a fast shutter speed with the hope of stopping the movement of the bee as much as possible. I was only somewhat satisfied with the way these original images turned out. I think I am going to take my point and shoot camera along next time to see if I can get a closer view that I might be happier with.
So, what do you think of the images? In response to a recent post, a reader commented that they liked photography to look as natural as possible. I have to say that in general I do agree with that statement particularly when it comes to nature photography; how do you feel about that? Does the fact that I used Photoshop on this bee put you off? Your comments are welcome below.
Nothing goes together like a bug and flower:
I was walking in the woods when I came across this wildflower and it’s bug companion. I thought it would make a good composition for this week’s photo challenge at WordPress.
I did not have my tripod with me, but I knew that I could use a fast shutter speed instead and come up with the image I wanted. I loved the yellow and green colors, but thought it would be best if the yellow was really in sharp focus and the green less so. An f-stop of 6.3 gave me the look I was going for. I put my ISO to 400 because of the shade. When I got this photo in Aperture, I cropped it a bit and also sharpened it a bit.
This coneflower has had my attention for the last few days. Today I decided to shoot it in black and white. Actually the original image is in color. I used my Canon 50D with a 50mm lens to get this shot. I also used my tripod. There was a slight breeze, so I thought the tripod would help with any movement. When taking a picture like this I am often thinking about depth of field. What should be in focus and what would I like to see blurred. I settled on an f-stop of 2.8 because I decided I liked the petals in focus but not the stem. I tried f/1.8 but the petals were to out of focus for my liking. At f/7.1 the stem and some of the ground were in focus which ended up not being a very pretty picture.
I edited this photo in Photoshop. I converted it to black and white using a red filter setting. In addition to cropping, I also changed the contrast.
From there, I cropped it a bit differently to create a 5×7 card to put on my website.
This post was written in response to a black and white photo challenge that is hosted by Sonel, and I would like to thank her for the inspiration for creating this photo.
Thoughts? Comments? feel free to leave them below.
If you are new to photography, one thing that you will hear a lot about is the Rule of Thirds. Not familiar with the term? A simple, quick explanation can be found here. As with all rules of photography, it is probably more accurate to call it a guideline. Most of the time it works, but sometimes, really it is better to just ignore it. For this photo below though, the rule of thirds is exactly what I had in mind:
This photo was taken using the rule of thirds partly because I thought it was a simple, elegant composition. I thought that using the rule of thirds would accent the simplicity.
I did also use a high f-stop. I wanted to include as much detail as possible. In order to get that f-stop, I did need to use a tripod as my shutter speed was to slow for me to make the image just holding the camera.
As a photographer what do you think of the rule of thirds? Some cameras even have a grid that you can use in camera to help you achieve this effect, do you use it? Feel free to leave your comments below.
This is a gallery of some of my favorite pictures from my blog this year. It is a response to this week’s photo challenge from WordPress. A big thank you to everyone who has stopped by my blog this year!