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First flower shots
Lens: Tamron 90mm 1:1 macro Camera: K-x 
Posted By: miss_alexx, 04-27-2010, 06:50 PM

My first flower shots. Looking for C&C. Thanks for looking.





The two last are with the lens + Raynox 250




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very nice..... you gotta love that tamron... it really can produce beautiful results...and the raynox really worked very well.... thanks for sharing... looking forward to more of your photos...
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Thanks a lot for your nice comments. As you said, I really enjoy the tamron!
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Beautiful shots! The tamron really is impressive. especially when there is sunlight the colors/contrast just pop..
On the last shot , did you crop it or use a higher F stop to produce larger dof

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Beautiful shots! The tamron really is impressive. especially when there is sunlight the colors/contrast just pop..
On the last shot , did you crop it or use a higher F stop to produce larger dof
The last one is not a crop. I used a higher F stop. Thanks for your nice comment.
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Scrumptious shots. So many nice things going on in these shots and they don't look too busy. You also answered a question I had about the K-x camera. It looks like a winner.
What camera did it replace,
and do you like the k-x better. Regards, Freddy
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Scrumptious shots. So many nice things going on in these shots and they don't look too busy. You also answered a question I had about the K-x camera. It looks like a winner.
What camera did it replace,
and do you like the k-x better. Regards, Freddy
Thanks for the comments For the camera the k-x replaces... a P&S. This is my first SLR camera. I chose the k-x because my father since used a K1000 and some M lenses. I don't have to say that I like the k-x better than my 6mp nikon P&S.
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You are on to a great start. Well done!

In general I noticed that some of your images (also in other threads) seem a little underexposed. For instance that last two flower shots would benefit from a brighter treatment, I think. What PP software are you using? Even the free Picasa can do wonders to images if you use it to adjust the levels and saturation.

I'm normally a big fan of subdued colours and moods and don't like over-saturated, over-contrasty images but with flowers going a bit wild often improves the impact of the image.

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You are on to a great start. Well done!

In general I noticed that some of your images (also in other threads) seem a little underexposed. For instance that last two flower shots would benefit from a brighter treatment, I think. What PP software are you using? Even the free Picasa can do wonders to images if you use it to adjust the levels and saturation.

I'm normally a big fan of subdued colours and moods and don't like over-saturated, over-contrasty images but with flowers going a bit wild often improves the impact of the image.
Thanks for the comment. I know the white flower is a bit underexposed, but I tried raising the exposure and the white started to blow out. I preferred to keep it darker than blowing out the white.
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QuoteOriginally posted by miss_alexx Quote
I preferred to keep it darker than blowing out the white.
I agree.
Still, you could try to give it more pop in PP by raising the "lights" making sure you retain detail in the "highlights".

If you haven't tried it yet, I can recommend the free download of Lightroom 3 beta 2. It will run until the official version is released but you should have a couple of months to play with it.

Another good (free) tool that allows you to play with tone curves (i.e., manipulate some of the tone shades without affecting others) is RawTherapee.

Both of these programs work for JPGs as well so you don't have to start shooting RAW.
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I agree.
Still, you could try to give it more pop in PP by raising the "lights" making sure you retain detail in the "highlights".

If you haven't tried it yet, I can recommend the free download of Lightroom 3 beta 2. It will run until the official version is released but you should have a couple of months to play with it.

Another good (free) tool that allows you to play with tone curves (i.e., manipulate some of the tone shades without affecting others) is RawTherapee.

Both of these programs work for JPGs as well so you don't have to start shooting RAW.
Ok thanks, I did not know such free programs existed.
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I like the way you have close up to the last ,even thou a common flower the macro brings it to life TFS


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Yes, Miss alexx. There is no end to how much you can do to work up a photo's brightness
or colors, even bokeh. Picasa three is an absolutely free and fairly adequate image processor. It is also a great way to organize your photos. Just go to Google.com and down load the Picasa. It also is not a problematic utility that will interfere with other software.
No comments about one or two of your photos were underexposed, are a criticism that should discourage you. Criticisms from any of us are meant to be helpful so you (and we) can be the best we can be. You obviously have
real talent and we all look forward to seeing more of your work! Have fun, Freddy
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Yes, Miss alexx. There is no end to how much you can do to work up a photo's brightness
or colors, even bokeh. Picasa three is an absolutely free and fairly adequate image processor. It is also a great way to organize your photos. Just go to Google.com and down load the Picasa. It also is not a problematic utility that will interfere with other software.
No comments about one or two of your photos were underexposed, are a criticism that should discourage you. Criticisms from any of us are meant to be helpful so you (and we) can be the best we can be. You obviously have
real talent and we all look forward to seeing more of your work! Have fun, Freddy
Thanks for the comment. I will work more on PP next time.
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Macro first flower shots

Miss Alexx. I took the liberty of opening your white flower shot in Picasa.
All I did then was hit the button called "I'm feeling lucky".
You will see the attached brightned shot. Sincerely, Freddy
P.S. I normally process my shots in the very powerful Adobe Photoshop 7 but sometimes
I get an assist from Picasa. There are things you can do in Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) that you could never do in Picasa. Sincerely, Freddy

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