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Azalea After The Rain - Ready to learn

 
Randy ­ Digby
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Sep 16, 2012 21:59 |  #1

Taken hand held with 70-200 2.8 II on XSi. A little PP with LR3. Ready to learn - teach away.

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I cropped and printed it on Red River note card stock and made the wife some nice looking note cards. Always looking to improve style and technique.

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Sep 16, 2012 22:05 |  #2

Very nice. A little flash with the power turned way down might have helped to give the water drops a little more oomph, but they look natural and I think they look fine as they are. I would cool down the greens in the background to really set off the pinks and magentas in the Azalea. I think that they are currently a little warm. Maybe I would want to place the flower slightly higher in the frame. Just a smidgen, no rule of thirds or any such nonsense here.


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Sep 16, 2012 23:32 |  #3

Excellent shot. I would probably crop a little off the right and top to de-center the flower a bit. And maybe de-saturate slightly as well.


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Sep 17, 2012 07:50 as a reply to  @ cmh512's post |  #4

Thanks for your comments. Never thought about using a little fill flash. Below is the actual crop for the note card, which is probably what I should have posted instead. I'll play with saturation, especially on the green areas. Thanks.

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Sep 17, 2012 12:32 |  #5

The new crop is certainly an improvement but I personally feel the pink is a wee bit too saturated. While I realise that the colour of the flower is an essential part of flower photography, I do find the pink a little too strong, so much so that the colour is overwhelming the details a little.


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Sep 17, 2012 12:58 as a reply to  @ onona's post |  #6

Good points about saturation. I'm trying to post original post and 3 points less saturation to see if that is enough.

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With 3 points less Saturation:
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Azalea card crop Less Saturation (1 of 1) (external link) by Randy Digby (external link), on Flickr

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