FCAS App... Tulip pic

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Camare Contributing Member • Posts: 611
FCAS App... Tulip pic

Giving it a go. Is it good enough? What else can I do to make it better? I really like this method of photographing flowers!

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Sheila . Senior Member • Posts: 2,370
Gorgeous, Mary!! nt.
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AngelFace Junior Member • Posts: 35
Re: Gorgeous, Mary!! nt.

Gorgeous shot. Always wondered how people take these kinda shots with a black black background. Did you put like a board or something behind the flower?

Muriel S Veteran Member • Posts: 8,865
Why would you want it better? Just great as is.

What kind of tulip is that? Ours don't look the same. Very pretty color, too.
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Todd Art Veteran Member • Posts: 5,276
Mary, a few small things

Your picture is nice. I tried to look at it with the "how could she make it better" eye.

1. The top petal touching the border is a bit awkward. If it was cropped a bit less so the petal was ALMOST touching it would create an interesting tension and make the composition even better.

2. The center doesn't appear to be crisp. This may be just me, but it looks to me like your camera focused on the petals more than the pistil/stamen.

These are two minor things.

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OP Camare Contributing Member • Posts: 611
Re: Gorgeous, Mary!! nt.

AngelFace wrote:

Gorgeous shot. Always wondered how people take these kinda shots
with a black black background. Did you put like a board or
something behind the flower?

Yes. It's a black foam core board. Uncle Frank is the expert on the "how-to-do-it" There's a thread with instructions, but I can't find it right now. It's fun to do! Give it a try. I also have a piece of black material I use too depending on where I am -- it's a lot more portable than the board!
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OP Camare Contributing Member • Posts: 611
Re: Why would you want it better? Just great as is.

Muriel S wrote:

What kind of tulip is that? Ours don't look the same. Very pretty
color, too.
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I have no idea what kind it is. Sorry. I made a quick stop at the grocery store for some needed stuff and they just jumped right out of the water and into my basket yelling "Take my picture!!!" So I did!

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OP Camare Contributing Member • Posts: 611
Re: Mary, a few small things

Todd Art wrote:

Your picture is nice. I tried to look at it with the "how could
she make it better" eye.

1. The top petal touching the border is a bit awkward. If it was
cropped a bit less so the petal was ALMOST touching it would create
an interesting tension and make the composition even better.

2. The center doesn't appear to be crisp. This may be just me,
but it looks to me like your camera focused on the petals more than
the pistil/stamen.

These are two minor things.

Actually it wasn't cropped at the top, it was touching when I framed it. I did take a second one that was framed a little differently -- more background around it. I'll attach that one now, and I'll try a some more editing of the first one and see what I can come up with. I'll post the results when I get them.

Thanks for the input.

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OP Camare Contributing Member • Posts: 611
Re: Mary, a few small things

Camare wrote:

Actually it wasn't cropped at the top, it was touching when I
framed it. I did take a second one that was framed a little
differently -- more background around it. I'll attach that one now,
and I'll try a some more editing of the first one and see what I
can come up with. I'll post the results when I get them.

Thanks for the input.

Ooooops.. for got the pic!

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Uncle Frank
Uncle Frank Forum Pro • Posts: 21,511
Re: FCAS App... Tulip pic

Camare wrote:

Giving it a go. Is it good enough? What else can I do to make it
better? I really like this method of photographing flowers!

It's certainly good enough, Mary. Personally, I prefer the second composition, but that's a matter of style. Both are excellent macros, and the fcb backgrounds are perfectly processed. The only concern is with white balancing, but the results are crisp and dramatic.

Congratulations on being elected as the 67th member of FCAS!

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OP Camare Contributing Member • Posts: 611
Yahoo!!

Uncle Frank wrote:

Camare wrote:

Giving it a go. Is it good enough? What else can I do to make it
better? I really like this method of photographing flowers!

It's certainly good enough, Mary. Personally, I prefer the second
composition, but that's a matter of style. Both are excellent
macros, and the fcb backgrounds are perfectly processed. The only
concern is with white balancing, but the results are crisp and
dramatic.

Congratulations on being elected as the 67th member of FCAS!

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Warm regards,
Uncle Frank, FCAS Charter Member,
Hummingbird Hunter, DPR/NTF Supporter
Coolpix fifty seven hundred and nine ninety five
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Thanks Uncle Frank!
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Gary Nash Contributing Member • Posts: 795
Re: FCAS App... Tulip pic

Two things:

Where is the FACS thread and how do I join?

The pic is GREAT. How would it look if you backlit it slightly? You know, throw as reflected piece of something below the flower at a 45 degree angle (say, a piece of aluminum wrap folded onto a piece of cardboard). It might make it sparkle.

Not that it needs it - it really pops now. I especially like the delicate detalis on the petals. I need to work really hard to do that with my 5700 - my exposure expertise is pretty rudimentary..

Uncle Frank wrote:

Camare wrote:

Giving it a go. Is it good enough? What else can I do to make it
better? I really like this method of photographing flowers!

It's certainly good enough, Mary. Personally, I prefer the second
composition, but that's a matter of style. Both are excellent
macros, and the fcb backgrounds are perfectly processed. The only
concern is with white balancing, but the results are crisp and
dramatic.

Congratulations on being elected as the 67th member of FCAS!

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Warm regards,
Uncle Frank, FCAS Charter Member,
Hummingbird Hunter, DPR/NTF Supporter
Coolpix fifty seven hundred and nine ninety five
http://www.pbase.com/unclefrank/coolpix&page=all

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OP Camare Contributing Member • Posts: 611
Re: FCAS App... Tulip pic

Uncle Frank's tutorial will tell you all the details, and you can always ask him questions too!
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1007&message=5750829

You have some interesting suggestions and ideas! I'll have to try some of them!

Gary Nash wrote:
Two things:

Where is the FACS thread and how do I join?

The pic is GREAT. How would it look if you backlit it slightly? You
know, throw as reflected piece of something below the flower at a
45 degree angle (say, a piece of aluminum wrap folded onto a piece
of cardboard). It might make it sparkle.

Not that it needs it - it really pops now. I especially like the
delicate detalis on the petals. I need to work really hard to do
that with my 5700 - my exposure expertise is pretty rudimentary..

Uncle Frank wrote:

Camare wrote:

Giving it a go. Is it good enough? What else can I do to make it
better? I really like this method of photographing flowers!

It's certainly good enough, Mary. Personally, I prefer the second
composition, but that's a matter of style. Both are excellent
macros, and the fcb backgrounds are perfectly processed. The only
concern is with white balancing, but the results are crisp and
dramatic.

Congratulations on being elected as the 67th member of FCAS!

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Warm regards,
Uncle Frank, FCAS Charter Member,
Hummingbird Hunter, DPR/NTF Supporter
Coolpix fifty seven hundred and nine ninety five
http://www.pbase.com/unclefrank/coolpix&page=all

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Uncle Frank
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Gary Nash wrote:

Where is the FACS thread and how do I join?

Some of the links are broken in the old thread, Gary, but there's a complete tutorial on the Nikon Challenge site.

http://www.termotronic.com/challenge/cooltrix/specialsetups/studio/unclefrank-fcb.pdf

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Regit Young Veteran Member • Posts: 5,975
(nt) Congratulation Mary!!!
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Gary Nash Contributing Member • Posts: 795
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Got it, thanks. (Muttering under his breath... I hate it when people make links out of pdfs... give a brother a little warning..)

Uncle Frank wrote:

Gary Nash wrote:

Where is the FACS thread and how do I join?

Some of the links are broken in the old thread, Gary, but there's a
complete tutorial on the Nikon Challenge site.

http://www.termotronic.com/challenge/cooltrix/specialsetups/studio/unclefrank-fcb.pdf

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