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thkn777 Dec 27, 2006 5:23 PM

So we got some fog yesterday and the temperature dropped... over night everything was put into a nice hoarfrost coating. The cobwebs, the trees and also the flowers.

I took some quick photos and found they really look beautiful but needed a bit more DOF... so the second attempt was made with a tripod at bad light, very cloudy so everything looked a bit pale.

I took the pictures in RAW and cranked up the saturation so you can see what it would have looked like with a bit more sunlight - it is almost not real as my daughter said... but then - I can go out and see for myself that these flowers are there. A deconvolution filter was used to make the flowers look as "crispy" as they are in real life - it's almost as if they were candied and the sugar crystallizes at the blossoms. Believe it or not - it really looks that way!

ISO 200, 1/4s, f/9.5, 33mm, Pentax *ist DL2 with kit lens (18-55mm) - ENJOY.


thkn777 Dec 27, 2006 5:43 PM

Another one from the first, handheld series. Taken as JPEG, ISO 800, 1/60s, f/9.5, 50mm- cropped, resized and again a slight deconvolution filter to show that filigree ice on the rose. Is this a sleeping beauty or what?

Don't ask me why my roses choosed to bloom at Christmas... but you can see that the plant louses really like it :(

Mark1616 Dec 27, 2006 5:47 PM

Really nice work!!! Your 2nd shop is my fave however both are really good and something a little different. Your edits are good and not over the top so still look real.

thkn777 Dec 28, 2006 4:10 AM

Thank you ;)

I am used to post-process the photos my Oly C770 gives me so the Pentax *ist DL2 is ... ummm... different. All that possibilities with RAW, the somewhat confusing softness I get from the dSLR (but no in-camera sharpening artefacts, which is very nice) - I have to get the hang on using my image editing tools again...

Also prints come out very different. Anyway - the more I use it the better photos I (hopefully) get.


NonEntity1 Dec 30, 2006 9:11 AM

Both of those are very nice and the second shot has a near macro look to it. The Pentax kit lens gives a good accounting of itself.


soliz39 Dec 30, 2006 7:11 PM

Both are great photo subjects! Something very ubuque. :cool:

MVASteve Jan 2, 2007 5:04 PM

Your right they look delicious.

rhermans Jan 3, 2007 12:43 PM

Realy enjoyed them th, thanks for sharing them - Ronny

aladyforty Jan 4, 2007 5:52 PM

quite stunning shots:cool:

thkn777 Jan 8, 2007 4:19 AM

Thanks for the nice comments!

I was able to print #1 on A4 with my Canon Inkjet and it makes a stunning picture! But I am unsure... black or white border/frame? Both have advantages and disadvantages... any ideas? What would you choose?

At the moment I tend to white/very light grey for #1 and black or a very dark grey for #2.



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