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Posted 13 April 2017 - 01:07 AM

We had a chance to spend some time at the local flower park on Sunday, and I decided to test my 12-40mm f/2.8 wide open. I had a blast, and using the touchscreen was really nice. The file size here is small, but these images were not cropped at all; I just used some noise reduction. No layers or fancy edits. I hope you enjoy them, and, as always, CC welcome! Thanks in advance!

 

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 02:10 AM

Rich colours and plenty of detail.

The only on I'd question is no.2 (top right).

Because the right most flower is near centred, I'm drawn to it but its not in focus so there's no payoff.

That looks like a great camera you've got. :)



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 02:33 AM

Thanks Rod!  It was a really fun day.  I didn't really think about that, and I appreciate the feedback.  I know I didn't have it in focus, but I thought that the two others would draw attention.  Hmmmm......I'll have to think about what to do with that and consult the boss.  She likes that one, but she wants me to clone out the left of the left flower.  I tried, but I am not that capable now.  As the sky tone changes, cloning is messing it up for me; it's like super evident I removed it :P .  Back to the drawing board.....

 

I'm not displeased with the camera any more.  My wife gifted me new lenses, and they have helped a lot.  She's also pushing for the EM1 MII, but I have a lot to learn.  This camera has "focus bracketing" that I want to try; it was a firmware update a while back.  It shoots up to 99 images of differing focal points to assist in stacking.  I am also going to give the CAF another go when there are birds in the air.  Thanks again Rod!


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 03:15 AM

From the outset, I declare that artistic ability and I are total strangers .....   The lack of sharpness causes me to think you were seeking something more impressionistic than detailed with a degree of soft merging of interesting shades to create interest, I think you did reasonably well and in that regard the last of the four works best for me as the frame has a more even spread of similar colour and shading.....Nice.



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 03:32 AM

Thanks Gedee.  Yeah - they're artsy.  I watched some videos a while back on flower photography, and didn't think twice about it.  I really wanted to test the bokeh, so I shot that way all day.  I was trying to get colors in the background and just experimenting with light, focus, color and blur.  I watched the video again, and these are similar, though not as good, as what was portrayed on the video. 

 

Rod - I see now what I didn't see before.  I actually wanted to represent the different stages of the tulip life cycle, and didn't think it was a distraction.  I was too busy looking at the other stuff to notice how it kind of draws attention to it.  I think I have to work more on isolation of the subject from the backround by getting more distance between the two.  Thanks again - both of you!


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:56 PM

very beautiful



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 08:12 AM

Thanks Jamie!  I really enjoyed playing around with DOF - so much that I did it again the following weekend with hard light instead of soft light.  I didn't post any, but I got a few that were OK.  The best thing about these exercises  was the learning experience; DOF, light, color, composition, my camera and on and on.


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 04:09 PM

Great photos. I like the colors and composition. I wish they were just a little bit sharper. They look a little pixelated on my computer and I'm not sure if that's the actual photo or if that's just how it looks on my screen. Thanks for sharing!



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Posted 31 May 2017 - 05:11 PM

I had difficulty resizing them; perhaps these are clearer.  Thanks for your interest!  Welcome to the forum!

 

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