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1 Nyet  May 11, 2015 11:08:22pm

I say the flowers are generally unknowable and those photos could be fakes made with alien tech.

;)

2 freetoken  May 12, 2015 3:22:24am

re: #1 Nyet

There you go again, with your agcornusicism.

3 Great White Snark  May 12, 2015 5:50:51am

Sometimes the way to adjust the depth is increase the distance to the subject a little. That can get you a bit more depth at the subject and still make for sweet bokeh. or just mask and soften everything behind the subject. not a bad method at all really, with all due respect to the learning experience of doing everything you can in camera. Question-Why portrait instead of landscape?

Oh and sometimes the flower itself is the problem. Misshapen petals like one aimed at you and one backward instead of smoothly arrayed an issue seen in #5. Just my thinking, but instead of B&W a warming filter might have brought a kinder color to #3. Not that the B&W is a bad way to go at all though!

4 wrenchwench  May 12, 2015 5:59:09am
So that’s it. Hope I didn’t bore you to death. ;-)

I confess, I only looked at the pictures. :)

5 CuriousLurker  May 12, 2015 7:12:35am

re: #3 Great White Snark

Sometimes the way to adjust the depth is increase the distance to the subject a little. That can get you a bit more depth at the subject and still make for sweet bokeh. or just mask and soften everything behind the subject. not a bad method at all really, with all due respect to the learning experience of doing everything you can in camera. Question-Why portrait instead of landscape?

Thanks, I’ll keep the distance thing in mind as well as the option of masking. WRT shooting in portrait, no particular reason—just trying different things, seeing how the orientation affects the composition & “feel” of the photo.

Oh and sometimes the flower itself is the problem. Misshapen petals like one aimed at you and one backward instead of smoothly arrayed an issue seen in #5. Just my thinking, but instead of B&W a warming filter might have brought a kinder color to #3. Not that the B&W is a bad way to go at all though!

You know, I was sort of wondering if being in close and facing the flower from an angle (instead of straight on) was causing focal plane issues. Hmm, a warming filter… maybe I’ll try that. I like Lightroom and know it’s very powerful, but it has a lot of knobs & buttons I’m not familiar with yet—I need to remedy that.

6 CuriousLurker  May 12, 2015 7:17:19am

re: #4 wrenchwench

I confess, I only looked at the pictures. :)

*GASP* ZOMG, the horror! You cruel, cruel woman…



7 Great White Snark  May 12, 2015 8:08:30am

re: #5 CuriousLurker

Thanks, I’ll keep the distance thing in mind as well as the option of masking. WRT shooting in portrait, no particular reason—just trying different things, seeing how the orientation affects the composition & “feel” of the photo.

You know, I was sort of wondering if being in close and facing the flower from an angle (instead of straight on) was causing focal plane issues. Hmm, a warming filter… maybe I’ll try that. I like Lightroom and know it’s very powerful, but it has a lot of knobs & buttons I’m not familiar with yet—I need to remedy that.

Something i’m just now getting more comfortable with is letting go of attachment to either layout. What took me so darn long? Male brain?

Natural subjects seem to do well with really unconventional compositions. Corner to corner sometimes. Now that gets us to the awkward focal plane, and of course that leads us… Down a path that’s lots more work or $gear. Heh I just cut a couple paragraphs, fell into lecture mode. Stuff you know already.

How ya like Lightroom?

8 CuriousLurker  May 12, 2015 9:18:11am

re: #7 Great White Snark

Something i’m just now getting more comfortable with is letting go of attachment to either layout. What took me so darn long? Male brain?

LOL, prolly.

Natural subjects seem to do well with really unconventional compositions. Corner to corner sometimes. Now that gets us to the awkward focal plane, and of course that leads us… Down a path that’s lots more work or $gear. Heh I just cut a couple paragraphs, fell into lecture mode. Stuff you know already.

Yes, I really like diagonal for natural subjects. IMO, it makes things like flowers more interesting because it engages the eye—I mean all photos engage the eye, but when they’re on the diagonal it creates a sort of natural leading line for the viewer’s eye to follow.

I hear you on the more work and $gear. I’ve been doing pretty good on curbing my urge to buy more gear. My last camera-related purchase was in December. I’ve put things in my shopping cart & taken them back out several time though. I figure I need to STOP buying stuff until I’ve learned how to use everything that I already have.

Heh, I don’t mind lectures, BTW.

How ya like Lightroom?

I really like it, but as I mentioned upthread it has a lot of knobs & buttons I’m not familiar with. I need to watch some tutorials on YouTube. Hey, I winder if lynda.com has LR classes… Yep, they do! Good to know in case I don’t find any decent ones on YT.

I’m very comfortable in Photoshop as I’ve been using it for well over a decade, but even so there are part of it I’m not familiar with. Still, I like LR much better for photo management and “developing”. Now if I can just figure out what all those sliders & numbers do…

9 wrenchwench  May 12, 2015 9:34:01am

re: #6 CuriousLurker

*GASP* ZOMG, the horror! You cruel, cruel woman…

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I wanted to tell you something from my friend who had a brain tumor removed. When he was being evaluated and diagnosed, the thing he feared most was being told he should no longer expose himself to stress. I said, ‘OMG, that’s the most stressful thing they could say to you!’ He said, ‘Really. They know I’m self-employed. Stress is part of my life.’

10 CuriousLurker  May 12, 2015 9:41:56am

re: #9 wrenchwench

LOL, great story and so true! ;-)


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