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Old Apr 25, 2010, 11:32 PM   #1
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Just right Goldilock?

A hellebore I think?

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Old Apr 26, 2010, 9:56 AM   #2
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Nice It's an aquilegia

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Old Apr 26, 2010, 3:54 PM   #3
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I really like it. But did you know that you have left artifacts (eg, circle brush blotches) in that seemingly velvetine black background? Again, an issue about using a good quality monitor that is properly calibrated when attempting graphics work.
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Nice flower, I agree it is an Aquilegia, some monitors do show up unevenness in the black
background, I bucket filled the background with black, color curves adjusted and framed
for this version
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the bucket fill and the adjustments helped out alot. the blotchiness was bothereing me too. its a nice simple shot, i think you did well capturing this flower.
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Old Apr 27, 2010, 5:15 AM   #6
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Here's a tip:

If your monitor doesn't help when checking a black background you can
turn up the brightness in your photo editor to see what's happening.

Here's an example before and after the background bucket fill with the
brightness turned up in the photo editor.
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Old Apr 27, 2010, 1:22 PM   #7
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When doing photo work, monitor calibration can be important. If the calibration is not within range then small detail in the photo may not be seen. One of the big problems with digital graphics is when sending someone a photo, you hope that they have a calibrated monitor. Otherwise what you think is a great PIX may not be perceived as such by another viewer as they are not seeing either the detail and/or the colors which you saw & intended. Also some monitors (eg, Samsung F2X80 series - uses PVA technology) are unsuitable for photo/graphics as their contrast ratio is just too high. Example:

"SHADOWS!! I noticed a couple reviews talking about super black shadows here, but then saw many more saying how good it was for professional use in graphics. I should've listened to the 'web designer' review! The monitor is so black everything passed 70% grey just goes deep black and gets completely washed out. I work in photoshop a lot for texturing 3d modeled designs and all the textures read very flat and lose all color depth with the blacked out results. And the darkness problems happen on 100% brightness and low contrast."
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Old Apr 27, 2010, 3:00 PM   #8
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CRT monitors have a higher dynamic range than LCD monitors
the reason why so many professionals choose CRT but if
everyone uses LCD then it doesn't really mater as the black
levels they show are all very similar

http://www.neatimage.com/im/target/N...4grayscale.png

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I like the original photo better than the adjusted one with the solid background; it looks very unnatural and not like a complete photo, where the subject belongs in its setting. It's a really beautiful flower.
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 6:12 PM   #10
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I agree. Actually, all I did was blend in any streaks & blotches & used the PIX for a birthday card (one shot non-commercial - hope EH doesnt mind).
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