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  • #31
    Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

    Originally posted by art frames View Post
    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.

    Harold
    The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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    • #32
      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.

      Harold



      The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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      • #33
        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.

        Dave

        My Flickr

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        • #34
          Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

          Originally posted by wornish View Post
          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.

          Harold
          The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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          • #35
            Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

            Originally posted by wornish View Post
            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..
            Peter (Art Frames)

            You can see some of my things on Flickr

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            • #36
              Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

              Originally posted by Harold Gough View Post
              I just got my processing software working again.

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

              Harold
              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.
              Peter (Art Frames)

              You can see some of my things on Flickr

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              • #37
                Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

                Originally posted by art frames View Post
                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.
                Dave

                My Flickr

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                • #38
                  Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

                  Wisteria on the front of Longueville Manor Jersey. On a rainy day.

                  Dave

                  My Flickr

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                  • #39
                    Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

                    A few from Imageryone Reserve,

                    Common Dandelion



                    Red Cherry blossom



                    White Dead Nettle



                    Yellow Archangel

                    The picture tells the story, great when you have a bad memory.DW.

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                    • #40
                      Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

                      Originally posted by art frames View Post
                      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.

                      Ross
                      I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
                      Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
                      Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
                      Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
                      Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
                      Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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                      • #41
                        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.

                        Harold





                        The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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                        • #42
                          Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

                          Morning shot when the sun came out.
                          Dave

                          My Flickr

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                          • #43
                            Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

                            The Wisteria looks really fantastic against the stone. I like the converging horizontals and soft light.

                            Harold
                            The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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                            • #44
                              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
                              John

                              m4/3: E-P2, EM-5, 100-300, 14-42mm 12-50mm, 45mm, panny 14mm. 4/3: 7-14 + Flashes & tripods & stuff

                              "Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints".

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                              • #45
                                Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

                                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.
                                The picture tells the story, great when you have a bad memory.DW.

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