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Yellow = photographic peril!
Lens: SMC 35mm f/2.4 DAL Camera: K5 Photo Location: Wilts., U.K. ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/250s Aperture: F4 
Posted By: prsjnb, 05-24-2012, 05:30 AM

I have always found capturing yellow flowers 'in the wild' challenging; highlights often being blown and the hue not resembling that of the actual flower. IMHO, however, the image of this self-seeded poppy growing on a garden path seems a step in the right direction



Constructive criticism/advice welcomed.

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Flowers can be tricky as we all know Jon.For every dozen that I take I may like only one.--charliezap
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V. Nice. What gave you that border effect?
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You did extremely well in capturing the yellow. A lot of times there are horrible white blown out blobs on the yellow. Great job.

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I think yellow flowers frequently reflect a disportionate amount of UV.
This is lovely.
Thanks for sharing.
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Cheers all: your comments are much appreciated

Here is a second image in the same set taken from a different viewpoint and using a smaller aperture (f/11) to retain detail in the entire flower head.



"slackercruster V. Nice. What gave you that border effect?"

Simple: select all, contract x pixels, feather x pixels, select inverse, delete et Voilá!

Notes: I always leave this step till last and, if layers have been used, the image must be flattened first. On an unresized image from either the K20D or K5, a good starting point is to contract by 100 pixels and then feather by 66. This, naturally, can be modified to suit the image size but I tend to maintain the 3:2 (contract:feather) ratio as this gives the effect I find most pleasing. The fade to white is obtained when this is the colour selected in the background palette, but for some images the use of a different background colour is preferable.

Hope I've made myself clear!

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Beautiful bloom! Well shot too! Yellow can be very difficult, as can red. The second shot has gorgeous detail!

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