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gjtoth May 31, 2014 12:29 PM

Stella D'Oro
 
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3789/...0d01cf1f_o.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5513/...3ccf0347_o.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5076/...75f0aa73_o.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5152/...a1e8bf88_o.jpg

Ektachrome May 31, 2014 2:58 PM

I like the last one best, which leads me to ask where do you get such great looking flowers?:)

gjtoth May 31, 2014 3:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Ektachrome (Post 1374935)
I like the last one best, which leads me to ask where do you get such great looking flowers?:)

Thanks very much. I cut them from my gardens. :)

Ektachrome May 31, 2014 5:05 PM

wow a great photographer and a green thumb...I am neither.
Happy trails:camera:

gjtoth May 31, 2014 5:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Ektachrome (Post 1374945)
wow a great photographer and a green thumb...I am neither.
Happy trails:camera:

How very kind of you! Thanks very much, indeed!

Ektachrome Jun 1, 2014 5:03 PM

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So, what do you think of this shot?
This is SOC and I know I should crop the sign out but I'm lazy.

gjtoth Jun 2, 2014 8:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Ektachrome (Post 1375007)
So, what do you think of this shot?
This is SOC and I know I should crop the sign out but I'm lazy.

There are a few things I've learned since I started in this obsession, E. One of them is: you can't be lazy and expect a quality image.

While this is a nice snapshot, it lacks verve and vitality. It needs, indeed, SCREAMS for some PP. The focus seems to be on the leaf to the left of the bloom and, as you mentioned, the signage on the right needs to be cloned out. Needs contrast, USM, clarity, vibrance, saturation, and sharp adjustments.

With the shots I took above, PP took all of five minutes. Capturing the image probably twice that long for lighting, angle, etc.

If these were taken outdoors, I would have still used a tripod and checked the background to ensure anything that would distract from the main subject were removed (IE-signage, debris, etc.)

Here's an example of what 4 minutes PP can do:

Before
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/at...ichigan-6-.jpg

After
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5588/...5fae4280_o.jpg

Ektachrome Jun 2, 2014 7:25 PM

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Well you are right this is a snapshot.
I shot it with a Canon 800is hand held in 2007 at the Navy Pier Flower shop / show whatever in Chicago.
Your version is cool, but the snap was the way the flower looked to the casual passer by.
Thanks for your opinion and the shop job. My original, to me looks a little washed out, yours looks a little too cooked to me.
I'm just a snpshot guy I guess.
To each his own:)

gjtoth Jun 3, 2014 6:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Ektachrome (Post 1375078)
I'm just a snapshot guy I guess.
To each his own:)

That's fine... if snapshots are what you want to settle for. I've always tried to take my images to the next level, though. :)


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