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  • A bit of yard flora.

    Around the yard with the Tammy 18-400. Trying out a new look with a dark vignette to highlight the flowers. CC always welcome.

    #1 - Yellow Rose
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    #2 - Red Rose
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    #3 - Pink Rose
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    #4 - Daylily
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    #5 - Fly on the Liriope
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    IShootACanon

    Web: isacimages.com.au
    "Don't touch". Must be the scariest thing to read in braille!

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  • #2
    Always seems to suit single blooms. All look good.
    It's the little things!

    Cheers, Greg C.

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    • Isac
      Isac commented
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      Thanks Greg. I did it to lift the bloom a bit so I think it works OK.

  • #3
    What a handy lens. Love the way the lily seems to glow with its own light. The fly came out really well as well. I tried to lighten the vignetting in #3 so that it desaturates but it is a bit difficult it having been taken the opposite way first. Thought the more delicate flower may lend itself.
    Better a full bottle in front of me
    than a full frontal lobotomy.
    Hans

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    • #4
      Very nice shots. As you say, the vignetting seems to suit the subject well.

      Interesting to see the water droplets on the first picture, as a touch of rain - either real or added - seems to be a commonly recommended strategy for enhancing some types of flower shots. I've seen anything from using a basic water spray bottle suggested, through to employing some kind of glycerine mixture to get bigger drops.

      Never tried it myself, and I'm guessing that the rain we've had in Perth recently was probably responsible for the water droplets. But does anybody have any tips about when, how and why the spray bottle trick might be useful?

      Cheers,

      Chris

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      • Isac
        Isac commented
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        The rain was real. I don't "add water" as some do. I prefer natural but that's just me. eaglem is the boy wonder when it comes to flora photography and He uses a squirty bottle when he adds the drops. I think the vignette does put another edge to the image, but I don't use it all the time. Thanks for your comments.

    • #5
      Thanks for that Hans. If you want to do a vignette the easy way:
      1. Reset colours (D) - FG=Black, BG=White.
      2. Make a new layer and fill it with BLACK (Alt+Del).
      3. Add a Layer Mask to the new layer. (Mask will be White).
      4. Large brush (0 Hardness) and with Black, paint out where you don't want the vignette.
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      Use the Opacity slider to adjust the vignette layer. To invert the vignette to White, select the Black layer (not the mask) and change the blend mode to "Divide".
      IShootACanon

      Web: isacimages.com.au
      "Don't touch". Must be the scariest thing to read in braille!

      My Gear
      Proudly supporting Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre

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      • #6
        A nice colourful and sharp series.
        HAPPY PENTAX USER

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        • Isac
          Isac commented
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          Thanks eaglem, it's nice to get the nod from the flora guru!
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