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Old Jul 19, 2006, 12:44 PM   #1
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I didn't get a chance to really focus on the bee enough before he got away, but he did stop long enough to dig down for that nectar. :-)


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A couple more this morning as these lovely flowers really start to bloom on my neighbors bushes/trees.




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looks like you are getting the hang of it mike.

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I guess this is a good place to ask this....
Does anyone else have problems taking pictures of red roses with thier ist Dx?
Whenever I've tried (with a DL) they have come out with the red WAY oversaurated and looking like one solid shade of red with no detail at all.

I'll post some examples when I can get some (I deleted them all from the camera after I shot them)
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I noticed something similar. may have more to do with the jpeg compression than the camera itself.

I set the camera (DL) to shoot raw and put the processing level to "natural" instead of vivid and this helped a lot.

Mike, what time of day was that? Nics pics but they seem dar/underexposed....
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They may seem dark because they are in the shade. The plants are between my house and my neighbor's house so they see very little direct sunlight.

As for the red rose pictures. Here's one that I took closeup, tell me what you think if it's too saturated or not, I'm not a very good judge of that.


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I thought your first 2 looked a bit underexposed also (not so much the second two, and I really like the last one). So here's your first one - don't know if this is what you had in mind when you took it. I use CS2so Iadjusted the levels, then thought it looked a bit soft (your DOF was a bit small, and resizing often softens a picture) so I used a bit of USM to sharpen it a bit the pollen on the red could easily become too sharpened - perhaps you might want to use more. I thought it looked better, but feel free to say "yuck!" What software do you use for photo manipulation?

Roy - was this what you were thinking about doing?
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Im no expert. It's not so much that its overly saturated, as much as it's a little underexposed/of low contrast. I would think saturation would have a lot to do with it, but overall if the lighting isn't so hot, and if the shutter isn't open long enough, you simply won't get correct exporure and contrast.

I think the real issue with your rose pic is that you don't have clearly defined contrast. Instead of red and very dark red, you have faded red and slightly more faded red.

I take pics in direct sunlight.

heres a quick, badly compressed sample

The reason I like this pics is that while oversaturated, the edges and texture are clearly defined. Maybe use a tripod and set to a longer exposure?

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