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    Improvisation on a hot sunny day

    Shot this today in a public garden, a hot sunny day, far too bright. I shot into the sun, but got my assistant to hold a round mesh diffuser (that's the white background you see) behind the tulip (between the sun and the tulip so it was backlit) This shielded the flower from the direct sun, but gave it plenty of soft light. I used a Canon 430EX with a Gary Fong Lightsphere on to get the front light exposure. IOW it had a strong light both front and rear. 1/250sec, ISO200, f/14, Canon 50D, 24-105L. Not much PS processing, but I applied a soft filter with Optik Verve.

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    Improvisation on a hot sunny day

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    Re: Improvisation on a hot sunny day

    Rob, This is really cool, looks a little over exposed on the top, but I don't think there is much you can do shooting in direct sunlight.

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    Re: Improvisation on a hot sunny day

    I had to go get my sun specs on and a cool image indeed.

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    Re: Improvisation on a hot sunny day

    Quote Originally Posted by Tygart View Post
    Rob, This is really cool, looks a little over exposed on the top, but I don't think there is much you can do shooting in direct sunlight.
    Thanx Rob. It was tricky gettting the light right because it was very strong from behind, and I was using flash from the front. The trick is to balance them so that you get an even light. I didn't quite get it right in camera here. This one below is modified a bit in PS and shows more detail. And the one below that is at 150% - you can see the detail it captures, even in very bright light. I think it's not bad for a shot taken outdoors, in a brisk breeze, in very bright sun, with a gardener marching towards me wanting to know what the hell I was doing crouched in the dirt on his flower-bed!

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    Re: Improvisation on a hot sunny day

    Quote Originally Posted by carregwen View Post
    I think it's not bad for a shot taken outdoors, in a brisk breeze, in very bright sun, with a gardener marching towards me wanting to know what the hell I was doing crouched in the dirt on his flower-bed!
    Better send him a picture quick!

    The second shot/version nails it, great work.

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    Re: Improvisation on a hot sunny day

    Quote Originally Posted by carregwen View Post
    got my assistant to hold a round mesh diffuser
    swmbo?

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    Re: Improvisation on a hot sunny day

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    swmbo?

    You live under a similar roof? Still, they do come in handy at times.

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    Re: Improvisation on a hot sunny day

    Quote Originally Posted by carregwen View Post
    You live under a similar roof? Still, they do come in handy at times.
    There's a new acronym... kind of like it

    Beautiful photo, Rob. Very soft and fresh.

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    Re: Improvisation on a hot sunny day

    Luuvly...and it is. The first post is by far the best. The overexposure at he top of the flower is put to very good effect. You can feel the freshness. You are a dab hand at these flora shots. A real Canon man's Percy Thrower. I have a couple of flora shots on the camera at the moment and will try to process later.....enter the Canon man's Wurzel Gummage

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