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Old Nov 12, 2007, 7:11 PM   #1
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This Pentstemon is naturally highly saturated, and therefore difficult to present as desaturating turns it muddy. The background was eliminated and filled in black. I wasn't certain I even wanted to post it, but here it is.
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Old Nov 12, 2007, 8:38 PM   #2
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It looks good to me Penolta. I don't get too fancy (lack of knowledge/ability) with my post processing, why would you want to desaturate it before posting? The black background sets of the red nicely.

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Old Nov 12, 2007, 10:05 PM   #3
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Thanks Tim.The original imagewas sosaturated that much of the edge detail wasmasked - I reduced the brightness and fiddled with contrast and sharpnessto bring out as muchdetail I couldl without desaturating, which would have been simpler. I had todarkem the background because the edges of the petals still did not stand out against it.Maybe someone more adept at pp than I could have done a better job. Itprobably looks better to someone who hadn't seen the original flowers.
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Old Nov 12, 2007, 10:47 PM   #4
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Taking decent pictures of red flowers is very difficult, especially ones that are highly saturated. This is one time when a low contrast lens might come in handy - my K-mount Tak 135mm does pretty well keeping the colors toned down and adding more detail than a brighter, higher contrast lens. These are very nice, you've managed to capture a real red, most of mine end up looking sort-of pink.
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Very good effort Penolta, and I'm agreeing with Harriet on this one, red is a difficult colour to control. ... Jack.
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i like the red against the black
you do have me wondering how "bad" the original could be

maybe more angled lighing would of added shadows ?
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Old Nov 14, 2007, 5:26 PM   #7
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Thanks Harriet, jachol, snf gumnutfor looking and commenting.

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i like the red against the black
you do have me wondering how "bad" the original could be
Here is the original, rotated from a vertical exposure and reduced by half in PE2 (so EXIF should be intact), otherwise untouched. Hand held with fill flash to balance the lighting. Anybody who wants to try their hand with the image, feel free, but tell what you did.
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