Home · Register · Search · View Winners · Software · Hosting · Software · Join Upload & Sell

Moderated by: Fred Miranda
Username   Password

  New fredmiranda.com Mobile Site
  New Feature: SMS Notification alert
  New Feature: Buy & Sell Watchlist
  

FM Forums | Photo Critique | Join Upload & Sell

  

Archive 2012 · Flowers
  
 
Camperjim
Online
• • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Flowers


I have not posted recently..had my camera and favorite lens stolen and am in the process of replacing them. Today I tried out my new camera body with my old macro lens. This is my idea of botanical photography although based on past experience I know my style is not very popular. I call it bug's eye view photography. I tried to post a red (or orangish), a white, a blue and finally a magenta flower. All were taken in a relative's yard, handheld. Some with remote flash also handheld.





Mill Valley Red

  Canon EOS REBEL T3i    EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens    60mm    f/22.0    1/200s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







Mill Valley White

  Canon EOS REBEL T3i    EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens    55mm    f/25.0    1/125s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







Mill Valley Blue

  Canon EOS REBEL T3i    EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens    60mm    f/18.0    1/100s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







Mill Valley Magenta

  Canon EOS REBEL T3i    EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens    60mm    f/22.0    1/125s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Sep 10, 2012 at 04:38 AM
RustyBug
Online
• • • • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Flowers


Major Bummer @ camera/lens loss.

Diggin' the form & texture of the Mill Valley White.

The Blue version reminds me of some from my "Pistils & Petals" a few years back. I'm good with the "bug's eye view" in the Red one, but not diggin' the Magenta so much.


Edited on Sep 10, 2012 at 04:55 AM · View previous versions



Sep 10, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Camperjim
Online
• • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Flowers


Too much "dirt" in the magenta??


Sep 10, 2012 at 04:54 AM
RustyBug
Online
• • • • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Flowers


The dirt ... and it kinda reminds me of looking at a dye stained slide under the microscope when I was a kid ... if that makes any sense.


Sep 10, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Camperjim
Online
• • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Flowers


RustyBug wrote:
The dirt ... and it kinda reminds me of looking at a dye stained slide under the microscope when I was a kid ... if that makes any sense.



Better?








Sep 10, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Camperjim
Online
• • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Flowers


Or if you don't like the color.........







Sep 10, 2012 at 05:12 AM
AuntiPode
Offline
• • • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Flowers


I like the color and forms and three dimensionality. Maybe some PP tweaks to add some snap? Gaudy can be good.







Sep 10, 2012 at 06:14 AM
 

Search in Used Dept. 



Camperjim
Online
• • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Flowers


Very nice improvement. I especially like the apparent improvement in sharpness. How??


Sep 10, 2012 at 06:26 AM
AuntiPode
Offline
• • • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Flowers


Lots of fiddling. Increasing contrast selectively mimics greater sharpness - bumping the mid-tone contrast with USM at 16, 60, 0, for example. Selective sharpening with the sharpening tool or selecting areas and then applying the smart sharpen would probably be better, especially working on the original, but I did it Q & D to illustrate.







Sep 10, 2012 at 07:51 AM
ben egbert
Online
• • • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Flowers


The 1st and 3rd work best for me. Macro is about detail and those have more detail in the subject itself. The 2nd is not bad, but there is too much light yellow areas.


Sep 10, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Camperjim
Online
• • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Flowers


ben egbert wrote:
.... Macro is about detail ......


I am not sure why macro would be about detail more than any other form of photography. Sometimes subtle is good and sharp focus is extraneous. I liked #2 because is was soft and subtle but then I whimped out and used Topaz Simplify to add sharp edges to the image. I actually like this one with soft edges and hazy focus but I could already hear the comments from other photographers. We often struggle to avoid softness so it can be hard to appreciate a soft and low contrast image.



Sep 10, 2012 at 09:06 PM
HiredGoon
Offline
• •
Upload & Sell: Off
p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Flowers


I like these shots, Jim ... lots of colour and form ... makes me wish for a macro lens.

I like the retouched #1. I wish #2 was not so grainy, but love the flow of the lines. #3 could use a wee crop to remove the upper-left corner. Love the colour in #4 but not fond of the dirt, etc.

[viewing with Safari for Windows, 27" monitor, Spyder 4 Pro for calibration]



Sep 10, 2012 at 10:47 PM
ben egbert
Online
• • • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Flowers


Camperjim wrote:
I am not sure why macro would be about detail more than any other form of photography. Sometimes subtle is good and sharp focus is extraneous. I liked #2 because is was soft and subtle but then I whimped out and used Topaz Simplify to add sharp edges to the image. I actually like this one with soft edges and hazy focus but I could already hear the comments from other photographers. We often struggle to avoid softness so it can be hard to appreciate a soft and low contrast image.


If ya don't want detail, you could use a normal lens and just crop. Look at the third image. You can see the texture on the surface. That is what I like in a flower shot. No texture is more like a water color. ok, but a different style.



Sep 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM
sadja
Offline
• •
Upload & Sell: Off
p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Flowers


These are all nice, particularly Mill Valley White.





Sep 11, 2012 at 02:46 PM





FM Forums | Photo Critique | Join Upload & Sell

    
 

You are not logged in. Login or Register

Username   Password    Reset password