Flowers from the Garden of Hope

Discussion in 'Nature' started by dbmiller, May 17, 2012.

  1. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Was up in Lebanon NH at a medical center, and found a few flowers in the Garden of Hope that I liked...

    20120517 Flower-1.

    20120517 Flower-2.

    20120517 Flower-3.

    20120517 Flower-4.

    All shot with the 18-55 kit lens
     
  2. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    I really, really like the second shot... pity about the electrical box in the background.
     
  3. Bolampau

    Bolampau TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 22, 2012
    Lincolnshire, England
    Paul
    Hi DBMiller,
    I really like the colours and strong shapes in the second two shots.

    As Dioptrick says the electrical box spoils the 2nd shot but you could crop the box out and Photoshop the wire trunking.
    Cheers,
    Paul
     
  4. Bolampau

    Bolampau TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 22, 2012
    Lincolnshire, England
    Paul
    Correction: I really like the colours and strong shapes in the LAST two shots i.e. shots 3 and 4.

    Sorry, I can't count!
    Cheers,
    Paul
     
  5. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Yeah - Didn't notice the electrical box when I took the shot - Didn't have much time and quickly got the flowers framed a little wider than shown here. So I already cropped once, but left the original image ratio. I agree that taking bringing the top down would help, and doing the PS work to get rid of the trunking.

    Will do that when I get a chance and post an update.

    The last two were just beautifully bloomed flowers and begged for the front on (Or top down :D) shot. Both got cropped 1:1 to isolate the flower - On the 3rd, my wife had to hold the flower so it faced the camera. On the other, the sides were just distracting. Did a small contrast boost on both in LR. Then had to recover the highlights in the 3rd pic, and then lower the red saturation in the 4th pic as the detail got lost with the contrast boost.
     
  6. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Nice little garden and some nice shots.
     
  7. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Love that first shot. Nicely done. :)
     
  8. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    777
    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Photoshopped Version

    Brought the top-left in under the bottom of the electrical box, which also cut out one flower on the left. Kept the original 3:2 ratio.

    Various healing and cloning tools later...

    20120517 Flower-2b.
     
  9. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Nicely done... lovely!

    That dark shadow on the top right and that sunlit area on the left is creating a wonderful sense of dimension with this composition. Without these two aspects, the photo would look really flat. I just love the way it does that... fascinating!
     
  10. Bolampau

    Bolampau TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 22, 2012
    Lincolnshire, England
    Paul
    Hey DB,
    that's an excellent piece of work with PS, well done!
    Cheers,
    Paul
     
  11. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Thanks a lot. Much appreciated.
     
  12. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    very good photos mate, I love the 2 last , great color, sharpness and contrast, is very good, on the penultimate photo is great, l mean l feel too much happiness, the kit is very good despite the bad reviews ...
     
  13. Luiz Curcino

    Luiz Curcino TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 27, 2012
    Uberlandia-MG Brasil
    Nice shots, great colors!
     
  14. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Was back up at the garden yesterday. Decided to shoot a couple shots with my Canon LTM 50mm/1.8 lens on the Hawk's helicoid.

    Tried some close-ups, but narrow DoF made most of them non-keepers. I did like a shot of a statue at normal distances. Nice bokeh at f/1.8, and f/8 for comparison...

    20121006 Garden of Hope-1.

    20121006 Garden of Hope-2.