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    Maybe we should start a New Blooms thread. But it is tempting to photograph a bit of colour as we head into spring.

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    Halo, halo, halo..is there a way to stop this or doe I need to stop buying lenses from Toys-r-us
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    And just for fun
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    Lovely. #1 is perfect. I'm depressed, I just cannot get shots like that, and I don't get my lenses at Toys R Us, so it must be me . I like #4 too. It reminds me of palm trees reflected in the water on the shore of an island (if I imagine it horizontal anyway). Amazing what you can do with sprouts, and good for you too. (They are sprouts aren't they?)

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    Steve,
    A pleasure to look at !
    Beautiful. Very nice. Have you used some kind of filter for these warm colors ?

    I also like the "And just for fun"

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    I can't keep up with you. I think I'm about 3 threads behind. But keep 'em coming.

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    #1 is lush. And the squirrel is adorable.

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    Steve,

    All photos in this series are very nice. I especially love the last shot - reflection. Can you explain how you achieved this effect? In Photoshop?

    Regards,

    Yan

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    Harvey says he likes them.

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    Re: More Flowers (No Squirrels)

    Quote Originally Posted by ScoutR View Post
    I like #4 too. It reminds me of palm trees reflected in the water on the shore of an island (if I imagine it horizontal anyway). Amazing what you can do with sprouts, and good for you too. (They are sprouts aren't they?)
    YES, of course - here's an idea; twist it back horizontal, merge with a similarly reflected shot of a small pile of sand, give it a blue backdrop....

    and Hey Presto, instant desert island

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    Have you used some kind of filter for these warm colors ?
    Thank you Antonio. No filters. We had quite stormy weather yesterday and the afternoon sun was breaking through the storm clouds. The light was very subtle as it streamed through the french window. I used very low power flash bounced of the ceiling to fill.

    Can you explain how you achieved this effect? In Photoshop?
    Yan someone with far more experience will be able to explain a far simpler way of doing this but here goes anyway

    After the usual levels, curves and sharpening I cropped the image to taste.
    Create a new canvas (twice the height of the original)
    Copy and paste the original image onto the new canvas and position at the top
    Return to the original image and flip horizontal
    Copy and paste the flipped image onto the new canvas and position at the bottom (aligning the stalks)
    Rotate the whole image 40 degrees
    Dropper the background and bucket fill the empty corners left by the rotation

    Thank you all for your comments and Wendy do not give up. I dont practice much on flowers (or anythng else for that matter....lazy sausage) but I do try to understand what the light is doing (or what I want it to do) before thinking about the composition of the subject. This dictates what angle I shoot at and/or where to position controllable light and what power I think it should be. This devils brew of camera settings, light, backgrounds and compositions either works or it doesn't. I have very slowly started to get an instinct for what will work and what will not work but it is a long slow process

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wirefox View Post
    After the usual levels, curves and sharpening I cropped the image to taste.
    Steve, I think you might find it best to crop the image first (preferably in RAW if you shot in RAW as you can always go back to it). Then do all the other changes, with sharpening last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wirefox View Post
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    Love this one, great colour combination.
    Last edited by Dave Humphries; 3rd April 2010 at 04:36 PM. Reason: Put Steve's image in quote

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    Very nice! #1 is my favorite but all are good.

    Chuck

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