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Old Apr 2, 2007, 7:13 PM   #1
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These are certainly vivid red, but the question is....

Is the eye drawn to the yellow too much for this shoot out?



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Old Apr 3, 2007, 10:52 AM   #2
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I am not sure about the yellow. It may or may not be a distraction.

This photo is an excellent example of the problem I have been referring to in photographing red. Note that the detail in the flowers is mostly washed out. If this were film, I would blame the film. No print film made can accurately record reds. However, I have found that digital has a similar problem and I believe it is due to over saturation. If you camera has a saturation adjustment (probably a menu setting), try reducing the saturation and shooting the flowers again. They won't be as vivid but I'd be willing to bet that you will see a lot more detail and variations in the shades of red. You could try reducing the saturation in PS but I thing that once the saturation is blown out, just like blown highlights, it is impossible to go the other way. Try some experiments and see what you come up with.

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Old Apr 3, 2007, 11:43 AM   #3
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I agree about the details, I noticed that too. This was shot last year with my old Fuji S5100, so there's no chance re-shooting it (at least for a couple of weeks when the tulips come up again)! The direct sunlight proabably has a lot to do with the fact the details are blown too.

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In this case, you'll have to blame the photographer!

I'll certainly get out there and try again with the Nikon D40 this spring.

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