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Old May 5, 2005, 11:06 AM   #1
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It was very cloudy and starting to rain as I shot this one so I had to rush things up a bit. Flash compensation -3.0EV held high above the lens.

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Old May 5, 2005, 6:16 PM   #2
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Looks nice to me... I also like how there are also a couple of raindrops on the petals...
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Old May 5, 2005, 6:32 PM   #3
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very nice man!

i usually don't like flash used in shots like these...but usually because it's obvious that it's used...

here, you can't tell at all..

was this by any chance a cloudy day too?

very nice

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Old May 6, 2005, 12:08 AM   #4
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very nice man!

i usually don't like flash used in shots like these...but usually because it's obvious that it's used...

here, you can't tell at all..

was this by any chance a cloudy day too?

very nice

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Hi Vito,

Yes, it was very cloudy out when I shot this one. The heavily diffused natural lighting provided nice flat light. The introduction of flash gives the lighting a bit more directional appearance. I held the flash up high with a a slight downard angle...You can see the evidence of this on the stem just below the front petal.

A nice thing about using flash for fill is that it will "clean up" must color casts in scenes where many different colors are reflecting the light. This eliminates the need for a custom WB in tricky lighting situations.

Thanks for the comments.

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Old May 6, 2005, 1:35 PM   #5
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It is true, if I was not told there was a flash used, I wouldn`t have thought one was used, so very good execution.
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Old May 6, 2005, 5:15 PM   #6
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WOW !!!

Very nice...

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Old May 6, 2005, 9:35 PM   #7
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Rodney,

Your first iris shot struck me as nice and mellow with rich colors. Here you have added some delightful highlights that significantly enhance the perception of the flower’s structure, without detracting from the rich colors.

Truly wonderful. I wish more of us had your talent and/or patience. Inventiveness, too! I rarely carry my flash when doing outdoor photos.

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Wow! This is simply one of the best macro shots Ive ever seen. Very, very nice!

BTW, did you sharpen the photo or leave it as is?

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Thank you for the comments, StevenBVT, AMG and thatsanicepicture2.

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Old May 7, 2005, 1:51 AM   #10
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Rodney,

Your first iris shot struck me as nice and mellow with rich colors. Here you have added some delightful highlights that significantly enhance the perception of the flower�s structure, without detracting from the rich colors.

Truly wonderful. I wish more of us had your talent and/or patience. Inventiveness, too! I rarely carry my flash when doing outdoor photos.
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Gordon,

I do not have the natural talents that some are blessed with and I'm not a very patient person either. Anyone can take great looking pictures once they understand a few compositional rules and how contrast affects a scene, regardless of the equipment they have. Breaking the rules can produce nice results, but I feel you must first have a good understanding of the rules before you can break them. I've advocated this simple approach since I began participating on the forum.

I liked everything about my first Iris attempt, but it seemed to lack depth. My intent with the flash was to provide the depth that was previously lacking. Like you, I rarely have my hotshoe mount flash with me, but that may change.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.

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