Posts tagged “Flowers

Some Needed Color (Two Photographs)

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The pandemic makes everything a little bleaker, and though we could walk in the woods, the trails are mobbed, the ticks are out and West Nile Virus has made a comeback. No locusts yet! Speaking of ticks, on one of my rare outings I took home a small garden flower to photograph. As I was processing the shots I discovered that it was home to a tick (unfortunately, the tick is out of focus in some of the stacked photos and I threw the flower out immediately).


Heads or Tails (Two Photographs)

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Let’s face it, nature photography is a bit of a game. You never know what you will see or if you will see something or that your shots will turn out just the way you want them to. Time is always of the essence, everything is transient.


Tulip (Two Photographs)

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I take a fair amount of flower photographs, either with my 105mm or my 200-500mm. Depth of field is key for good backgrounds, (large aperture, distance between subject and background greater than that between subject and camera). I also pick apertures where I will get the most detail in the subject, so not the largest aperture. In the end the photograph relies on colour or tonality for success.


Wild Flowers (Three Photographs)

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I am one of those strange photographers who prefers to shoot during the day and not at dawn or dusk. I find the lighting just as challenging and sometimes that difficulty helps my approach to my subjects. Specifically making sure that the least amount of detail is lost in the highlights.


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.


Late Buds (Two Photographs)

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When the cold days of early spring give way to warmer weather, we again begin to see new buds appear. My effort here was to keep the impression of the cool weather. I did this by ensuring that the colours remained cool (blueish) and not get saturated by the processing software. In the black and white I tried to retain this feeling by how I managed the shadows.


Early November (Two Photographs)

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From that time in early November when the light is harsh, the breezes stiffer, and the flowers barely hanging on. I find the colours more subtle and the highlights often more prominent in the out-of-camera photographs, the latter needs to be played down a bit.


Tulips and Impact (Three Photographs)

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Everyone wants their photographs to have impact on their audience; to stand out, speak up, impress, and be remarkable in some way. One of the ways is isolating the subject from its peers. And a useful technique is the vignette, or as I have used here, the radial dial in Lightroom to darken virtually all but the main subject. Either subtle or more heavy-handed, the objective is the same; to put your subject clearly in front of your audience.


A Common Thing (Two Photographs)

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This is one of the times when I try to take the ordinary, the mundane, a common thing and make it into a photograph worth looking at. An exercise worth trying anytime, anywhere. Just find the things that catch your eye.


Tulips 2 (Two Photographs)

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The second two photographs in the series I first posted two days ago. I said then they are a remedy for November. I took these at the Tulip Festival last September. I usually take one day at the festival and manage to fill a card with interesting shots that I work on over the year.


Tulips (Two Photographs)

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These are the first of a set of four photographs (the second set will be posted the day after tomorrow). I intend to print them. I think they would make nice framed prints to brighten up November in the Northern Hemisphere.


A Tulip

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The colour version of this shot overwhelmed the central flower, and in black and white reminded me of the darker colder days of spring. It did not take much to isolate the central flower and darken the background to obtain the effect you see here. Were it blown up to wall size you would undoubtedly see the bleed in colour along the edges of the leaves, almost but not quite chromatic aberration. 


Bokeh (Two Photographs)

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Who says you can’t get bokeh with an APC sensor. Taken with a Fuji-XT-2 at f8 (16-55mm lens). There are more myths about cropped sensors than there should be (hinta 90 mm lens is 90mm, the sensor does not make it magnify, it only resembles a 180mm in terms of the angle of view).


Curb-Side Flowers (Three Photographs)

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These are HDR photos done with HDR Pro in Photoshop, from a bracket of five shots taken with my Fuji camera. The result is a little soft. Taken out of context these might be anywhere but just off a sidewalk.


Floral Composition (Three Photographs)

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Taken in a city garden with my Fuji XT-2, 18-55 mm, 2.8. These illustrate something that I learned early on and which I think is an important part of my kind of photography. In composing in the camera, there are two factors: imagining the final crop, usually smaller than the screen as you see it in camera (e.g. 8×10) and taking multiple photographs of the same thing from different angles. Different angles give me a chance to pick the most dramatic or interesting composition.


Flowers (Two Photographs)

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No HDR, just a few adjustments in Lightroom and Luminar. I like the bracketing of shots (over and under-exposed), it gives more leeway in choosing options in processing. I am inclined to do more bracketing with my Fuji XT, with HDR for still photography and some of the street photography and urban architecture I do. I have learned a lot about the possible options for natural looking results and we will see where that goes.


My First Book! And Two Photographs of Flowers

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I have just published my first book. “What Did You Expect, Dogs Playing Poker?”

“What Did You Expect, Dogs Playing Poker” is a book of verse and photography. The verses cover a wide variety of subjects – my life, travels, opinions and my sense of humour. The photographs, all in black and white, help tell the story. I hope you find it interesting. If you’re interested in purchasing my book there is a link to the store below, where you can also read more about the book. It is available as a soft cover and an ebook/Epub.

For Apple users the ePub works great. Just download and open in iBook (or Books in IOS 12). For Microsoft users there is free Epub3 reader in the Microsoft store here. There is also a soft cover version in a 12.7cm x 20.32cm (5″ by 8”) format.
In the near future I hope to publish an ebook on nature photography tips. I have discovered that self publishing and distribution are not as straightforward as I thought. Might be good material for future posts. Here are the links:

Ebook

Softcover

About the Photographs:

This is similar to yesterday’s HDR, but in these photographs Adobe Photoshop HDR pro was used. A bit of toning in Luminar  2018 and cropping in Lightroom. This is a bit easier than going from Lightroom to Aurora HDR to Luminar to Lightroom. The flower while not in the best of shape certainly looks better than I expected.


Processed Flowers (Two Photographs)

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These photographs were processed in HDR pro in Photoshop with a few tweaks from Skylum’s Luminar 2018. HDR has come a long way and one can expect high dynamic range programs to have more natural results than before, though in this case I am just learning to get to that point. I have tried a few filters in Luminar to pick up the detail. Less intuitive than was the case with Skylum’s now discontinued Intensity CK, which was what I have used on all my photos up till now.


HDR (Two Photographs)

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Many of you will be familiar with HDR, high dynamic range processing. It is a way to expand the amount of light your camera registers by combining more than one photo, usually three photographs, one under, one over and one properly exposed to the get this lighting detail. Often this has meant psychedelic results and efforts have been made to get a more natural look. I am game for anything and they tell me that the latest Photoshop does a great job with HDR. We’ll see. These are my first efforts.


Garden Flowers (Two Photographs)

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Given the intense heat this summer I‘ve taken some short walks in the city to take photographs of flower gardens. Most of the gardens seem to be growing wild, certainly healthy. Some interesting shots were had. I have been selecting photographs whose histograms favour the left (darker) and then processing them normally. This seems to work well with fuji files in the adobe colour space.


Exposure Bracketing (Three Photographs)

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I once saw an educational video of a street photographer and one of his tips was to bracket shots for exposure. The Fuji XT-2 allows for this and I decided to try despite the increase in files and download time it would mean. Essentially my camera is taking three underexposed shots and one normal and three overexposed shots every time I press the shutter release. These three shots are on the darker side of the camera‘s recommended exposure. I believe the darker shots are more interesting. You learn something new everyday. I have a lot more to learn with respect to bracketing but there is something to this approach.


Something Different (Two Photographs)

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I have done a lot of sunflower photos and decided that this time I would try something different. Slightly more ominous…