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  1. #971
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew
    I would appreciate feedback.
    On all of these image (thumbs with links below) I have done three things in photoshop:Auto Levels, Auto Contrast, Auto Color.

    Is that basically where I should start?
    Hi Matthew, if I were you I'd leave the Auto-whatevers alone. Certainly the Auto Color. Your 4th pic for example is very nice, it has a very good light, except that the colors look off to me. That could be because of the Auto color.

    Here is what you could do manually, it is pretty simple. Bring up Levels (Ctrl-L), and put the left and right sliders so that they just touch where the histogram starts/ends. Then move the middle slider around until the pic looks right (not too light, not too dark, that kind of thing). Play around a bit with all the sliders untill you get a feeling for them.

    As a final step, resize your pic for the web, say something like 800*600. Then as a final-final () step, do Filters|Unsharp Mask, using something like amount=100, radius=1. Try lesser values also, it depends a bit on how much in-camera sharpening gets done.

    As for your pictures, #1 is a great idea, but the large central flower is out of focus, which sort of spoils it. What would have worked if it was in- and the rest out of focus. #2 and #3 look quite nice, they would be improved by a bit of Unsharp Masking (USM). #4 looks excellent, except for the color. Try doing that again with just Levels and USM.

    Generally I would say a good start in flowering, so keep up the good work!
    Gerard Stafleu
    Gallery at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gstafleu

  2. #972
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    Scatamousche, that is an excellent Cat Whisker shot, it makes it quite clear why the plant has that name.

    BE, a quite colorful set of inmates you have there. I like how the bright yellow pollen in #1 contrasts with the red petals.

    Richard, that is a very sharp passion flower, I like the detail in the shot.

    Meillana, I think that is your best Chrysanthemum yet. That white flower looks very interesting, good shots.

    Speaking of white flowers, for today I have some pics of Queen Anne's Lace, Daucus carota. It is close family of the carot, as you can see from the Latin name. It is native to Europe, naturalized in Niorth America. It likes growing along roads, as in this shot:


    Here is a bit closer look at them:


    And even closer:




    And finally, as this is a white flower, here is a BW version:
    Gerard Stafleu
    Gallery at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gstafleu

  3. #973
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    Guys - you never let up with the superb shots!!
    bladerunner.nl - welcome to this thread - really great
    passion flower shot!
    BE - I see you have posted some more great shots again
    Scatamousche ~ fascinating cats whisker shot
    Gerard - you know I love your wider view shots - followed
    by the close ups.
    So - here's a humble Fresia - taken on our dining room
    table (that's the strange coloured blured backdrop).
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    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

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  4. #974
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    Over in the leaf thread I posted a chilli and leaves - here's the Chilli
    flower really close up: -
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    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

    http://geof777.multiply.com

  5. #975
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    Wasn't going to do this - when we came back from camping, in the rain!, we
    found 6 of our Passion flowers out - heres a few ...
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    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

    http://geof777.multiply.com

  6. #976
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    Finally for today - a lone wet Passion flower shot...
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    Geoff Chandler. UK/England/Surrey
    NIKON D90 / D80. Nikon 16 - 85 VR, Tamron 28-200,
    Sigma 70-300APO, Tokina 100 AT-X Pro D.
    SB600 flash. Panasonic DMC-TZ25

    http://geof777.multiply.com

  7. #977
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    (Click to enlarge)




    Lumix FZ-20K
    Lumix FZ-30
    Canon Kiss Digital N
    EOS 40D
    + EF-S 18-55 f3.5-5.6 USM +EF16-35mm f2.8+ EF 28-70mm f2.8+ 70-200mm f2.8+ EF 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS + Tamron 100-300 f5-6.3
    check my gallery (^-^)

  8. #978
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    kuroneko> your sunflower is really very nice.

  9. #979
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    Rose buds.

    Sony Dsc-v3
    Iso 100, 1/60 sec F/5.0
    Raynox cm-3500 lens
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    Sunflower yet to flower

    Iso 100, 1/60sec f/5.0 flash.
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    Last edited by arwelw; 08-02-2005 at 02:34 PM.
    In UK trying to use Sony DSC-V3 & Raynox CM-3500, a Nikon D70 and a 6x9 120 medium format pinhole camera

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