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Old Apr 23, 2005, 11:32 PM   #1
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I tried, unsuccessfully, to get some decent photos of Cercis canadensis earlier in the week. Though it was very windy today, the light looked good to me when I took these. A positive exposure compensation, some help from the histogram, and waiting patiently with the shutter release button half pressed for the occasional lull in windspeed, which was gusting to 25 mph, finally yielded some acceptable shots. The sunlight was coming from the back left and imparted a glow to some of the petals (actually they are bracts for those of you who have a horticulture background; the actual petals on a dogwood bloom are inconspicuous.)

Please tell me what you think. And which is the better of the last two? The last one is a crop of the second picture. I wasn't sure if the dark pine trunk on the right edge was a distraction or not so I cropped it out and I'm still not sure.
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Old Apr 23, 2005, 11:34 PM   #2
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whoops, sent the photoshop file by mistake. see next post.
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Old Apr 23, 2005, 11:35 PM   #3
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Old Apr 23, 2005, 11:36 PM   #4
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Old Apr 24, 2005, 1:07 AM   #5
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to be honest, Pggunn, i like the first one the best. the last two look almost too bright. of the last two, the first is the best. the yellowish background in both tends to distract, but isn't as pronounced in the first pic. the very first one on your post is the one i like best though, it captures the soft, almost pastel quality of the light much better than the other two...
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Thanks for the response. And for being honest. I think you're right. The second two are a bit bright. Maybe I should have cranked down the EV a notch. I'll try again. Different day, different light, different approach. That's what makes photography so interesting. Infinite possibilities.

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