Flowers

Tulips (Two Photographs)

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These photographs show the effects of isolating flowers in a group. In this case I have done one photo in colour and another in black and white to make the point that the technique works in most situations.


A Forest View (Two Photographs)

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I wanted a scene with a lot of contrast and the colour version shows the work I did to saturate and increase the contrast, it makes the black and white so much easier. That is one of the tricks I have learned to get black and white shots the way I like them.


Bouquet (Two Photographs)

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Photography has an element of imagination to it. You want your viewer’s imagination to be engaged. One technique is to have something in the photo that does not quite fit or stands out. An example, I have seen more than once, is a well composed photo where some things you would expect to be in focus are just a bit soft. Here that is more evident in the black and white than the colour version.


Purple (Two Photographs)

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I wrote about Luminar a few weeks ago but did not mention cataloguing, the most important change in the latest version. I am not giving up on Adobe so the photo management aspects in Luminar do not appeal. I am still using Lightroom. I do like Luminar for its filters, black & white and colour.  Here I used the image radiance tool, the Orton Effect filter and toned down the over saturation in Photoshop. The black and white was done in Luminar 3.


Alone in the Field (Two Photographs)

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Out of focus flowers make for nice backgrounds for other flowers. Depth of field is the tried and true way to isolate a subject, assuming a good background. Fields of flowers offer several approaches for good photographs but this one works very well.


Not Noise, Not Grain (Two Photographs)

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Noise and grain are often confused. The first is a result of the sensors attempts to capture light at high ISO, the second was a function of old-fashioned film, you bought film that would give you the grain you wanted. Here it is a function of detail enhancement and the effect on the background; when you are increasing tonal distinctions in the monochrome range this is what you can get and depending on your taste it works or it doesn’t. 


Flower (Two Photographs)

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This is one of those cases where I cannot make up my mind which photo is better. In the black and white I played with the software to get an interesting background for the flower. A touch exaggerated but a very nice flower.