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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

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Probably wise as you will spend a lot of time fiddling with processing Raw.

You can process in ways which make things less contrasty which tends to flatten the tonal range and remove harsh edges. Similarly you can reduce the presence (clarity and colour vibrance) in a number of ways. If you do it in subtle ways and in selected areas you can chose the areas of focus by reducing the viewers interest in the non focus areas. Selective sharpening can also be helpful but only if well managed. I find most sharpening is used harshly.

The end result should not look processed. I am not looking to create unreality.

My training is as an artist / illustrator. And a painter I select exactly how I want you to view an image by composition, paint quality and edge treatment (amongst other techniques). I simply use the same thinking when I develop a photograph. Changing the content and composition at the taking stage, if possible and then developing in ways which help it later on. In the end all there is is the image. That is all you are exhibiting.

Interestingly I paint less now than I did - but still do both. But people viewing drawings and paintings are more impressed than with photographs. I think it is assumed that there is less skill, because the machine takes the image.
Thanks, Peter,

Not my usual scene, although I have softened images on occasion.

I abandoned Unsharp Mask years ago because it is so coarse. I am using Smart Sharpen and High Pass at times.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

I just got my processing software working again.

Here are the first and second images more like I intended, if a little over-sharpened.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

The little blue flower appeared on this pink cactus like plant overnight. I have no idea what kind of plant this is I think it is very pretty.

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The little blue flower appeared on this pink cactus like plant overnight. I have no idea what kind of plant this is I think it is very pretty.
It is Tillandsia cyanea, a bromeliad (pineapple family). They naturally live as epiphytes, up on the branches of trees in the forest.

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The little blue flower appeared on this pink cactus like plant overnight. I have no idea what kind of plant this is I think it is very pretty.
Hi Dave, absolutely lovely. And I personally would love to see some pictures of your Wisteria which although out of focus looks to be in full bloom, as is my own.

I have to climb on the garden bench to photograph mine. Yours looks to flower lower down. So not so much mountaineering involved in some creative shots.

keep them coming..
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I just got my processing software working again.

Here are the first and second images more like I intended, if a little over-sharpened.

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Nice...but still not pink ...I can make it pink if you'd like...you just have to embarrass her ...you have missed the official naked gardening day but that would work.
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Hi Dave, absolutely lovely. And I personally would love to see some pictures of your Wisteria which although out of focus looks to be in full bloom, as is my own.

I have to climb on the garden bench to photograph mine. Yours looks to flower lower down. So not so much mountaineering involved in some creative shots.

keep them coming..
I wish it was mine !
The picture was taken in longueville manor, Jersey, where we stayed for a few days this week.
I will post more pics of the wisteria later.
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Wisteria on the front of Longueville Manor Jersey. On a rainy day.

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A few from Imageryone Reserve,

Common Dandelion



Red Cherry blossom



White Dead Nettle



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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

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Hi Dave, absolutely lovely. And I personally would love to see some pictures of your Wisteria which although out of focus looks to be in full bloom, as is my own.

I have to climb on the garden bench to photograph mine. Yours looks to flower lower down. So not so much mountaineering involved in some creative shots.

keep them coming..
I'll have to take to some photos of the walkways in Buttonshaw Park, Springwood covered in wisteria when they come out in flower next spring (downunder). I will have to make sure no child is in the photo though, or some paranoid parent might get upset.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

New Broom, Old Lenses

Here are the first of the broom shrub flowers of the year. I used the Kiron 150mm at f16 (Apterure Priority+twin TTL flash) for the first image and the stereo and the Leitz Weztlar Elmarit 60mm macro for the last one.

I like the way the group of flowers splayed outwards.

EM-1, ISO 800, 1/200 and 1/60

The stereo is cross-eye.

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Morning shot when the sun came out.
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The Wisteria looks really fantastic against the stone. I like the converging horizontals and soft light.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

I've not posted for a long while, mostly because I've been doing a course in botany and my normal photographic "landscape/all things Northumbrian" trips out have taken a back seat in favour of lots of botanical excursions.


Since we have this marvellous thread on floral stuff, I'll chip in with a few.

Here's the naughty bits of a Broad Leaved Helleborine (Epipactus helleborine),from last year I think. I keep returning to the location but it seems to have gone:

Helleborine by John Dalrymple, on Flickr
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Good to see you back, is your Botany course for personal satisfaction or job related, must be a fascinating course.
We have lots of Hellebores in the Garden, seems the worse you treat them, the more you get.
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