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tkurkowski Mar 21, 2010 9:29 AM

The first spring flower in my yard
 
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So wooohooo I started playing with the E3, 14-35 + EX25. This daffodil was about 10" above the ground so the tricky part was the sticks. The Slik 700 won't go down that low even with the legs spread - the center column is too long. So I put the whole rig on the baby Slik and it held although it wasn't happy. I set the E3 on timed shutter release to let any vibration damp out. This flower is less than 2" wide. As usual with the EX25, not much DOF...

Ted

PS: Comments/advice are welcome

jelow1966 Mar 21, 2010 2:57 PM

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Ted, I hope you don't mind but I tweaked you picture to add more pop to it. The focus and composition are great but to me it's a bit flat. Just personal preference but I like more contrast in my images, helps to define the bits of the flower. On a related note, I would've just shot on my belly with a bounce or ring flash and saved the agrivation of the tripod, but again it's just personal preference.

John

tkurkowski Mar 21, 2010 4:05 PM

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Originally Posted by jelow1966 (Post 1068285)
Ted, I hope you don't mind but I tweaked you picture to add more pop to it. The focus and composition are great but to me it's a bit flat. Just personal preference but I like more contrast in my images, helps to define the bits of the flower.
John

John, I don't mind at all, I appreciate it - thanks - I like yours better. Did you just tweak the contrast in PShop? I shot this at sunrise (when the wind is still) and was futzing around in ACR for a while. I think I ran out of gas (I got up at 3am to do a prayer shift at the Temple) but you showed me I should have tweaked it more.

Edit: I duplicated your contrast in PShop, which is usually what I do. The interesting thing is that I boosted the contrast in the original I posted, in ACR with the curves tool. But it didn't get me what I really wanted. The lesson for me is that when I'm done in ACR, tweek contrast some more in PShop. Thanks for your help!

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Originally Posted by jelow1966 (Post 1068285)
On a related note, I would've just shot on my belly with a bounce or ring flash and saved the agrivation of the tripod, but again it's just personal preference.

John

Um, on my belly in that location would have required a lot of time doing laundry afterwards (grin). I thought about flash but the front of the 14-35 lens hood was only some 4" from the flower. I may try shooting it with the 50-200 to get farther away, and then be able to use flash. But it's supposed to rain for the next few days - maybe the flowers will still be there later in the week...

Ted

-=edge=- Mar 21, 2010 4:28 PM

http://img2.imageshack.us/img2/1184/p3084917.jpg

first one, the narcissus are just breaking through...

tkurkowski Mar 21, 2010 4:38 PM

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Originally Posted by -=edge=- (Post 1068317)

first one, the narcissus are just breaking through...

Nice!

zig-123 Mar 21, 2010 4:57 PM

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Hi Ted/Edge,

Good examples of first of the Spring flower images. The onset of Spring, with it's blooms of all kinds and colors of flowers is my favorite time of the year as it represents a new start, new life and warmer days. Thanx for posting.


Don't mean to hijack your post Ted, but here is an image of a Hibiscus from the Florida Keys taken yesterday with the E-30/ 12-60mm SWD lens. There are not many blooms just yet as the cold snap really had an impact -even here-in the Keys.

Zig

tkurkowski Mar 21, 2010 5:28 PM

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Originally Posted by zig-123 (Post 1068334)
Hi Ted/Edge,

Don't mean to hijack your post Ted
Zig

Well Zig, I wouldn't mind that if you weren't posting an image from friggin Florida.

(grin)

Ted

PS: great shot.

jelow1966 Mar 21, 2010 5:38 PM

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Originally Posted by tkurkowski (Post 1068308)
John, I don't mind at all, I appreciate it - thanks - I like yours better. Did you just tweak the contrast in PShop? I shot this at sunrise (when the wind is still) and was futzing around in ACR for a while. I think I ran out of gas (I got up at 3am to do a prayer shift at the Temple) but you showed me I should have tweaked it more.

Edit: I duplicated your contrast in PShop, which is usually what I do. The interesting thing is that I boosted the contrast in the original I posted, in ACR with the curves tool. But it didn't get me what I really wanted. The lesson for me is that when I'm done in ACR, tweek contrast some more in PShop. Thanks for your help!



Um, on my belly in that location would have required a lot of time doing laundry afterwards (grin). I thought about flash but the front of the 14-35 lens hood was only some 4" from the flower. I may try shooting it with the 50-200 to get farther away, and then be able to use flash. But it's supposed to rain for the next few days - maybe the flowers will still be there later in the week...

Ted

Glad to be of help. As for dirty clothes, it's a small price to pay for a shot. Or use a tarp of some sort. I've thought about adding a pair of tyvek coveralls to my kit for just such use. Would look like a total dork but it beats looking like I took a face plant in the mud. Oh, as for you question about tweaking, I split the color and luminosity, used a curve layer on the luminosity and tweaked the color layer to under saturate the yellows and then some final tweaking on the flattened image. I'm sure there may be a more efficient way to do it but it's what I'm familiar with.

John

tkurkowski Mar 21, 2010 5:40 PM

I thought about that but I was just too tired.

Ted

tkurkowski Mar 21, 2010 5:44 PM

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Originally Posted by tkurkowski (Post 1068343)
Well Zig, I wouldn't mind that if you weren't posting an image from friggin Florida.

(grin)

Ted

PS: great shot.

I think you should get your posterior back up to New England and suffer along with the rest of us on the Atlantic Coast. (grin)

But things are looking up here in Maryland (true image - dark storm clouds moving in):

Steven R Mar 21, 2010 9:27 PM

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Originally Posted by tkurkowski (Post 1068343)
Well Zig, I wouldn't mind that if you weren't posting an image from friggin Florida.

(grin)

Ted

PS: great shot.



Well at least zig is actually seeing a hibiscus bloom. I lost all 6 of my Hibiscus bushes to the cold. All are dead, with no signs of any rejuvenation. It's enjoyable to actually see a current photo of one. Normally this time of year I would be having fun photographing my flowers.

Maybe I should forget the flowers and go take some gator picture for Ted!:lachen001:

tkurkowski Mar 21, 2010 10:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Steven R (Post 1068471)
Well at least zig is actually seeing a hibiscus bloom. I lost all 6 of my Hibiscus bushes to the cold. All are dead, with no signs of any rejuvenation. It's enjoyable to actually see a current photo of one. Normally this time of year I would be having fun photographing my flowers.

Maybe I should forget the flowers and go take some gator picture for Ted!:lachen001:

A gator ate your hibiscus? I always thought they are carnivores...

zig-123 Mar 22, 2010 8:25 AM

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Originally Posted by tkurkowski (Post 1068489)
A gator ate your hibiscus? I always thought they are carnivores...

Hi Ted,

This may have been the culprit as he has a very guilty looking smile:D

E-30 with 50-200mm lens @144mm focal length, f9, 1/250sec. Aperture priority

tkurkowski Mar 22, 2010 7:11 PM

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Originally Posted by zig-123 (Post 1068667)
Hi Ted,

This may have been the culprit as he has a very guilty looking smile:D

E-30 with 50-200mm lens @144mm focal length, f9, 1/250sec. Aperture priority

Yeah - he looks like he has Steven's address written all over him.

Ted

tkurkowski Mar 22, 2010 8:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Steven R (Post 1068471)
Well at least zig is actually seeing a hibiscus bloom. I lost all 6 of my Hibiscus bushes to the cold. All are dead, with no signs of any rejuvenation. It's enjoyable to actually see a current photo of one. Normally this time of year I would be having fun photographing my flowers.

Maybe I should forget the flowers and go take some gator picture for Ted!:lachen001:

Hey Steven, I want to be sure that you know that Zig and I are teasing you but that doesn't mean we're making light of you losing your Hibiscus bushes. I'm really sorry you lost them - I hate to see any beautiful plant die. We're just trying to get you to smile.

Ted

Steven R Mar 22, 2010 9:16 PM

I'm glad that zig actually saw a gator. After this winter, all the gators have left from my lake. They have been replaced with a new, strange looking flock of birds!!! :lachen001:

Here is the new state bird of Florida:
http://stevenr.smugmug.com/Animals/0...74_GZjBX-M.jpg

tkurkowski Mar 23, 2010 6:04 AM

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Originally Posted by steven r (Post 1069038)
i'm glad that zig actually saw a gator. After this winter, all the gators have left from my lake. They have been replaced with a new, strange looking flock of birds!!! :lachen001:

Here is the new state bird of florida:

rotflol!

Scouse Mar 23, 2010 4:23 PM

Really nice shots Ted.
Now you and the rest of the tribe have inspired me. Have to go out and show what the rainy cloudy Northwest has to offer....:)

-=edge=- Mar 23, 2010 5:16 PM

I don't see Hibiscus until late July around here..

tkurkowski Mar 23, 2010 6:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Scouse (Post 1069412)
Really nice shots Ted.
Now you and the rest of the tribe have inspired me. Have to go out and show what the rainy cloudy Northwest has to offer....:)

Thanks. Do it while you can - a heavy thunderstorm yesterday knocked most of the daffodils down to the ground. Jeeez theres a small window for outdoor shooting around here in the Spring...

Ted

jelow1966 Mar 23, 2010 9:32 PM

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Originally Posted by tkurkowski (Post 1069463)
Thanks. Do it while you can - a heavy thunderstorm yesterday knocked most of the daffodils down to the ground. Jeeez theres a small window for outdoor shooting around here in the Spring...

Ted

Thankfully spring in the NW is much less violent. OTOH weatherbeaten flowers and wet stuff following a storm is an excellent oportunity for close up work. Might not be your tastes in subjects however.

John

Steven R Mar 28, 2010 4:31 PM

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I'm glad that zig actually saw a gator. After this winter, all the gators have left from my lake. They have been replaced with a new, strange looking flock of birds!!! :lachen001:

Here is the new state bird of Florida:

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Originally Posted by tkurkowski (Post 1069168)

rotflol!

Hi Ted/zig:

Okay, I'm slow. I must admit that had no idea what rotflol meant. But I just now figured it out!! :laughing-smiley2::laughing-smiley2::laughing-smiley2::laughing-smiley2:

satire23 Mar 28, 2010 6:09 PM

Does this count as the first "flower" in my yard.
 
Even thou I live in Florida, our last freeze was only a few weeks ago. The first sign of life coming back to my yard is this.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4037/...4402eb17_b.jpg

SOOC jpg E-PL1 w/ M14-42mm 1/250s f/11 ISO100 FL50 off camera.

tkurkowski Mar 28, 2010 6:26 PM

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Originally Posted by satire23 (Post 1071768)
Even thou I live in Florida, our last freeze was only a few weeks ago. The first sign of life coming back to my yard is this.

SOOC jpg E-PL1 w/ M14-42mm 1/250s f/11 ISO100 FL50 off camera.

Works for me! Great lighting, nice photo.

Ted


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