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    Taken in VAST bright sunlight. Plant id unknown, but this grew out of some seedling Ice plants??? which some very good friends gave us for the children to plant on and see grow and bloom.

    Objective :to capture all the tiny 'hairs' on each flower, grabbing and reflecting the light. I hope this small sized image can present these






    I played about with various settings, moving about the 'bloom' to experience the light/hairs - but feel this was the best of mine. I would appreciate any suggestions for improvement in this capture.


    Ex Time 1/160 ; Man ; Shutter priority
    Ex Bias -0.70ev f/9.0 ; ISO 200
    Max Ap f2.0 ; focal length 50.00
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    Re: Ice flower

    I think the resizing hasn't done you any favours here regarding the small hair detail. I would tone down the bright highlights and apply some clarity (mid tone contrast) delicately with a small brush to the edges to emphasis the tiny hairs.

    Hope this helps.

    Tom
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      Re: Ice flower

      Hi Tom, thanks for this - will try that tonight
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      • #4
        Re: Ice flower

        looks like a house leek flower chevvy, sempervivum I think. ATB Martin

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        • #5
          Re: Ice flower

          Originally posted by fridgemagnet View Post
          looks like a house leek flower chevvy, sempervivum I think. ATB Martin


          Mart, thanks I remember you posting that - was it 11 stacked images ?

          It is soo very cute
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          • #6
            Re: Ice flower

            Originally posted by tomphotofx View Post
            I think the resizing hasn't done you any favours here regarding the small hair detail. I would tone down the bright highlights and apply some clarity (mid tone contrast) delicately with a small brush to the edges to emphasis the tiny hairs.

            Hope this helps.

            Tom

            Tom, out of interest which settings would you have used taking the image ?
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            • #7
              Re: Ice flower

              Yep 'tis a Sempervivum however the specific type is not known
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              • #8
                Re: Ice flower

                Chevvy I would have chosen an aperture to throw the background out of focus but sufficient enough to maintain sharpness across the flower and then set the shutter speed to keep detail in the highlights and adjusted the iso relative to that . I'd rather deal with noise reduction than blown hi lights especially as you want all the hairs to be visible and sharp . Sometimes it's necessary to take two image with different points of focus and blend them together to achieve this level of depth of focus.

                I'm guessing at the point of taking the photo you already had an image in your mind of how you wanted the finished photo to look, if it's not quite there then I'd use post processing to achieve the look that I pre visualized.

                Hope this helps.

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                • #9
                  Re: Ice flower

                  Thank You Derek

                  and Thank You Tom I shall write this in my little notebook for next when the SUN is about again
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                  • #10
                    Re: Ice flower

                    Chevvy

                    How do you get the black background ?
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                    • #11
                      Re: Ice flower

                      Originally posted by Homer Simpson View Post
                      Chevvy

                      How do you get the black background ?
                      Grey paving slabs and fast S
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