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Old May 2, 2005, 1:14 AM   #1
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From a bees point of view of course.

Used a tripod with my 8080 on Macro and remote control shutter.

I am trying to get sizing right in order to post better pictures. I want to post within the size limits and still have them look good.
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Old May 2, 2005, 1:54 AM   #2
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Nice...just a tad flat with the contrast tho, best regards...

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Old May 2, 2005, 4:13 AM   #3
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Hello Lonnie,

Overall this is a nice image. If it were mine, I would have cropped it a bit tighter, but that is mostly a pref.

Red flowers are the most difficult to shoot because digitals do not meter off of red very well. Often the image will be over exposed when metering off of reds. When shooting a red flower and metering on the flower, you'll benefit by using -0.7ev to -1.3ev exposure compensation. Doing so will help prevent clipping the red channel as you have here. Shooting flowers isn't my specialty so I'm hopeful Chris will jump in and elaborate on this for me.

Eventually your eyes will become more trained and you'll begin to easily identify where your images are lacking. With this image, you'll see an image lacking contrast and the solution will be to bump up the contrast, further clipping the reds and destroying detail.

I've sharpened your image. Sharper images will often appear more contrasty while more contrasty images will often appear sharper.

Thank you for sharing.

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Lonnie, nice shot. I've had the same problem with red flowers before.

Rodney, thanks for a great explanationabout the red channel in digital cameras.
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I have seen I had a problem with red as opposed to say green which doesn't seem to have a problem with digital cameras.
I did try to up the contrast and all that did was make it worse.

Thank you very much Rodney I was able to go and do something very similar to the picture. The one I did was darker and I do need to still work on it but I think I'm heading in the right direction.

I also dropped my pixels per inch to 40 in order to have a bigger picture.

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Lonnie,

It looks like you are headed in the right direction. Just remember that red, yellow and white flowers will need some exposure compensation and you should be fine. Most bright scenes can handle a -1.0ev without lost detail in the shadows. Darker scenes mayhandle less compensation.

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