My 1st FCAS submission>>>

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Francisco Vega Contributing Member • Posts: 646
My 1st FCAS submission>>>

Hi fellow Coolpixers,

I have been so inspired by the many beautiful FCAS submission photos submitted here on the NTF. So, I decided to give it a try. Here is the set up and work flow that I used:

SET UP:
Table Daisy
Tripod
FCB
NIkon CoolPix 8700
JPEG FINE (8MP)
Aperture Priority (7.6)
ISO 50
Exposure -0.3
White Balance: Auto
Macro mode (green sweet spot)

Original Image:

WORK FLOW:
PhotoShop 6.0 (MAC)
1. Rotate image
2. Scaled image for position in photo
3. Used the magic wand to remove most of FCB and touch up around flower
4. Used mask to remove remaining background
5. Rotate image again and position
6. Create new background with gradient tool in new layer
7. Create frame
8. Reduced image for web size
9. Auto contrast with a 40% fade
10. Sharpen image with unsharp mask
12. Add initials, save for web...

Final image:

Thank you very much for looking.

Please feel free to comment. Thanks.

Francisco Vega Jr.
CP8700
My Web Gallery: http://www.aventtime.com/fv8700pix.html

John N. Regular Member • Posts: 263
Re: My 1st FCAS submission>>>

Francisco ,

That is a beautiful flower. Excellent photograph. Your choice of color of background gradient is interesting - two opposite colors. To me, it is a bit extreme, but that is purely subjective.

There are two dark spots on the petals in the upper middle of the flower. The clone tool would get rid of these and take away this distraction.

On positioning of the flower in the picture, there is a lot of space above the flower, but not much to the left. Again, it is a subjective matter, but I would prefer more to the left of the flower and less above.

Overall, you have captured the essence of the style and created a beautiful picture. Well done.

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OP Francisco Vega Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Re: My 1st FCAS submission>>>

Hi John

First off, I want to thank you very much for taking the time the evaluate my photo and offer your kind suggestions...

That is a beautiful flower. Excellent photograph. Your choice of
color of background gradient is interesting - two opposite colors.
To me, it is a bit extreme, but that is purely subjective.

I choose the background because I wanted to do something different. I hope it didn't take away from the image.

There are two dark spots on the petals in the upper middle of the
flower. The clone tool would get rid of these and take away this
distraction.

Thanks again, I did notice it. I was just worried about doing to much PS on the image itself. I did make the correction. Thanks again.

On positioning of the flower in the picture, there is a lot of
space above the flower, but not much to the left. Again, it is a
subjective matter, but I would prefer more to the left of the
flower and less above.

Yes, I agree with you 100%. The stem was not long enough this time around. However, I was able to rotate it a bit and raise it up (please see it again). Thanks again.

Overall, you have captured the essence of the style and created a
beautiful picture. Well done.

This is a tremenous compliment for me. THANKS! I will sure keep a your suggestions in mind for my next FCAS photo.

Regards,

Francisco

Uncle Frank
Uncle Frank Forum Pro • Posts: 21,511
Re: mark

Welcome to the game, Francisco. I'll report the Committee's opinion after a few more members have had a chance to comment on your application.
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Dilettante Appassionato
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thruthelens Veteran Member • Posts: 3,007
Re: My 1st FCAS submission>>>

Hi Francisco -- glad to see you are applying for FCAS membership. Here are my observations:

-great sharpness in the bloom. You've captured the textures in the center of the bloom as well as the surrounding petals.

-natural lighting allows shadows to provide additional 3-D quality. Nicely done.

-background processing looks good; all spaces are filled with gradient and I don't see any edge artifacts.

-The gradient choice is unique. I like the top half color, but am not sure about the green as it tends to "fight" a little with the green in the stem. But this is purely subjective. I give you bonus points for creativity.

-the position in the frame works pretty well. I might like to see a little more stem and height. However, the composition you've chosen suggests a flower that is a bit tentative, just peeking into the frame.

I think this is a good overall effort and you've created a pleasing composition. Good luck with the Committee.

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Dawn
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OP Francisco Vega Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Thank you verry much UF :)

Uncle Frank wrote:

Welcome to the game, Francisco. I'll report the Committee's
opinion after a few more members have had a chance to comment on
your application.
--
Warm regards, Uncle Frank,
FCAS Charter Member, Hummingbird Hunter, Egret Stalker
Dilettante Appassionato
Gallery at http://www.pbase.com/unclefrank/coolpix

OP Francisco Vega Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Thank you Dawn>>>

I really appreciate your observation and comments of my first FCB photo.

Regards,

Francisco

thruthelens wrote:

Hi Francisco -- glad to see you are applying for FCAS membership.
Here are my observations:

-great sharpness in the bloom. You've captured the textures in the
center of the bloom as well as the surrounding petals.

-natural lighting allows shadows to provide additional 3-D quality.
Nicely done.

-background processing looks good; all spaces are filled with
gradient and I don't see any edge artifacts.

-The gradient choice is unique. I like the top half color, but am
not sure about the green as it tends to "fight" a little with the
green in the stem. But this is purely subjective. I give you
bonus points for creativity.

-the position in the frame works pretty well. I might like to see
a little more stem and height. However, the composition you've
chosen suggests a flower that is a bit tentative, just peeking into
the frame.

I think this is a good overall effort and you've created a pleasing
composition. Good luck with the Committee.

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Dawn
FCAS Member #89

With camera in hand, I see what I might otherwise overlook

C P 5 7 0 0
pbase supporter
http://www.pbase.com/dlane/new_camera

Tony-newbie Regular Member • Posts: 166
Re: My 1st FCAS submission>>>

Hi Franciso , A couple of observation from a "newbie"

1) I like the natural lighting on the flower.
2) The higher f setting is wonderful it captured the details of the flower.
3) I have mixed feelings on the "ying yang" effect on the gradient

backgrounds. (subjective) Was also wondering if you have reversed the color on the gradient (red background on the stem , green background on the flower)

Good luck with the FCAS committee.

Tony G.
Pbase Supporter/FCAS Member #94
CP5000 SB-50

DougKessler Contributing Member • Posts: 620
Re: My 1st FCAS submission>>>

Francisco Vega wrote:

Hi fellow Coolpixers,

I have been so inspired by the many beautiful FCAS submission
photos submitted here on the NTF. So, I decided to give it a try.

Francisco, I'm glad to see you taking a shot at this. For a first effort, its quite beautiful: sharp, nicely lighted, pleasing composition. I'm also so so on the gradient but if you like it its OK with me. I think this flower would have looked outstanding on black. TJMO. Subjective. I think overall the committee will like this but who can predict?

Good luck with the results.

BTW, you have in your gallery one of the few pictures to be posted here that actually made me gasp. I think its a dandy:

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Doug Kessler
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Uncle Frank
Uncle Frank Forum Pro • Posts: 21,511
Re: My 1st FCAS submission>>>

Hi, Francisco! I hope we see many more fcb pictures from you, but we won't need any more submissions. The Applications Committe decided to offer you membership, which is extremely rare on the first attempt. It won't come as a surprise to anyone familiar with your work, though.

Your choice of colors is a personal artistic statement. Not many would have chosen that combination, but it certainly makes for a striking image. My only suggestion would be to let your wife pick your ties for you :-).

You're the 97th photographer to qualify for FCAS, and we'll be very proud if you elect to append "fcas member" to your signature.

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Warm regards, Uncle Frank,
FCAS Charter Member, Hummingbird Hunter, Egret Stalker
Dilettante Appassionato
Gallery at http://www.pbase.com/unclefrank/coolpix

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thruthelens Veteran Member • Posts: 3,007
Congratulations, Francisco!

Good for you! Nice work.
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Dawn
FCAS Member #89

With camera in hand, I see what I might otherwise overlook

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mrkitzel Contributing Member • Posts: 837
Well deserved, congratulations Francisco. (nt)

Uncle Frank wrote:

Hi, Francisco! I hope we see many more fcb pictures from you, but
we won't need any more submissions. The Applications Committe
decided to offer you membership, which is extremely rare on the
first attempt. It won't come as a surprise to anyone familiar
with your work, though.

Your choice of colors is a personal artistic statement. Not many
would have chosen that combination, but it certainly makes for a
striking image. My only suggestion would be to let your wife pick
your ties for you :-).

You're the 97th photographer to qualify for FCAS, and we'll be very
proud if you elect to append "fcas member" to your signature.

-- hide signature --

Warm regards, Uncle Frank,
FCAS Charter Member, Hummingbird Hunter, Egret Stalker
Dilettante Appassionato
Gallery at http://www.pbase.com/unclefrank/coolpix

OP Francisco Vega Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Thank you, thank you :)

I'm so happy! I just got back from work a little while ago and logged on to NTF. I can't believe I made it into the FCAS. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for voting me into the FCAS with my FCB table-daisy image. I was up till about 2AM yesterday working on it. I'm truly honored to be part of an incredible talented group of photographers and look forward to photographing more FCB images and learning from this group.

Thanks again.

Best regards,

Francisco Vega Jr.
FCAS Member #97
CP8700
My gallery: http://www.aventtime.com/fv8700pix.html

Uncle Frank wrote:

Hi, Francisco! I hope we see many more fcb pictures from you, but
we won't need any more submissions. The Applications Committe
decided to offer you membership, which is extremely rare on the
first attempt. It won't come as a surprise to anyone familiar
with your work, though.

Your choice of colors is a personal artistic statement. Not many
would have chosen that combination, but it certainly makes for a
striking image. My only suggestion would be to let your wife pick
your ties for you :-).

You're the 97th photographer to qualify for FCAS, and we'll be very
proud if you elect to append "fcas member" to your signature.

-- hide signature --

Warm regards, Uncle Frank,
FCAS Charter Member, Hummingbird Hunter, Egret Stalker
Dilettante Appassionato
Gallery at http://www.pbase.com/unclefrank/coolpix

OP Francisco Vega Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Re: My 1st FCAS submission>>>

Hi Tony,

Thank you for your comments on my FCB image. That is a good idea about reversing the colors of the background.

Best regards,

Francisco Vega
FCAS Member #97
CP8700
My Gallery: http://www.aventtime.com/fv8700pix.html

Tony-newbie wrote:

Hi Franciso , A couple of observation from a "newbie"

1) I like the natural lighting on the flower.
2) The higher f setting is wonderful it captured the details of
the flower.
3) I have mixed feelings on the "ying yang" effect on the gradient
backgrounds. (subjective) Was also wondering if you have reversed
the color on the gradient (red background on the stem , green
background on the flower)

Good luck with the FCAS committee.

Tony G.
Pbase Supporter/FCAS Member #94
CP5000 SB-50

OP Francisco Vega Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Thank you Dawn :)

thruthelens wrote:

Good for you! Nice work.
--
Dawn
FCAS Member #89

With camera in hand, I see what I might otherwise overlook

C P 5 7 0 0
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http://www.pbase.com/dlane/new_camera

OP Francisco Vega Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Thank you mrkitzel :)

mrkitzel wrote:

Uncle Frank wrote:

Hi, Francisco! I hope we see many more fcb pictures from you, but
we won't need any more submissions. The Applications Committe
decided to offer you membership, which is extremely rare on the
first attempt. It won't come as a surprise to anyone familiar
with your work, though.

Your choice of colors is a personal artistic statement. Not many
would have chosen that combination, but it certainly makes for a
striking image. My only suggestion would be to let your wife pick
your ties for you :-).

You're the 97th photographer to qualify for FCAS, and we'll be very
proud if you elect to append "fcas member" to your signature.

-- hide signature --

Warm regards, Uncle Frank,
FCAS Charter Member, Hummingbird Hunter, Egret Stalker
Dilettante Appassionato
Gallery at http://www.pbase.com/unclefrank/coolpix

SimonB Senior Member • Posts: 1,490
Re: My 1st FCAS submission>>>

DougKessler wrote:

BTW, you have in your gallery one of the few pictures to be posted
here that actually made me gasp. I think its a dandy:

Doug, yes, I agree with you. I remember when this image was posted, I think in Samples and Galleries and I, like you, gasped when I saw it. I actually said more, but that's the Aussie in me

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Perth, Western Australia
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John N. Regular Member • Posts: 263
Well done, Francisco (nt)

Uncle Frank wrote:

Hi, Francisco! I hope we see many more fcb pictures from you, but
we won't need any more submissions. The Applications Committe
decided to offer you membership, which is extremely rare on the
first attempt. It won't come as a surprise to anyone familiar
with your work, though.

Your choice of colors is a personal artistic statement. Not many
would have chosen that combination, but it certainly makes for a
striking image. My only suggestion would be to let your wife pick
your ties for you :-).

You're the 97th photographer to qualify for FCAS, and we'll be very
proud if you elect to append "fcas member" to your signature.

-- hide signature --

Warm regards, Uncle Frank,
FCAS Charter Member, Hummingbird Hunter, Egret Stalker
Dilettante Appassionato
Gallery at http://www.pbase.com/unclefrank/coolpix

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gonzalu
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Congratulations Francisco
Cheers..

Uncle Frank wrote:

Hi, Francisco! I hope we see many more fcb pictures from you, but
we won't need any more submissions. The Applications Committe
decided to offer you membership, which is extremely rare on the
first attempt. It won't come as a surprise to anyone familiar
with your work, though.

Your choice of colors is a personal artistic statement. Not many
would have chosen that combination, but it certainly makes for a
striking image. My only suggestion would be to let your wife pick
your ties for you :-).

You're the 97th photographer to qualify for FCAS, and we'll be very
proud if you elect to append "fcas member" to your signature.

-- hide signature --

Warm regards, Uncle Frank,
FCAS Charter Member, Hummingbird Hunter, Egret Stalker
Dilettante Appassionato
Gallery at http://www.pbase.com/unclefrank/coolpix

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-=Dusty_D=- Senior Member • Posts: 1,139
Bravo!! Well done. Congratulations. (nt)

Francisco Vega wrote:

Hi fellow Coolpixers,

I have been so inspired by the many beautiful FCAS submission
photos submitted here on the NTF. So, I decided to give it a try.
Here is the set up and work flow that I used:

SET UP:
Table Daisy
Tripod
FCB
NIkon CoolPix 8700
JPEG FINE (8MP)
Aperture Priority (7.6)
ISO 50
Exposure -0.3
White Balance: Auto
Macro mode (green sweet spot)

Original Image:

WORK FLOW:
PhotoShop 6.0 (MAC)
1. Rotate image
2. Scaled image for position in photo
3. Used the magic wand to remove most of FCB and touch up around
flower
4. Used mask to remove remaining background
5. Rotate image again and position
6. Create new background with gradient tool in new layer
7. Create frame
8. Reduced image for web size
9. Auto contrast with a 40% fade
10. Sharpen image with unsharp mask
12. Add initials, save for web...

Final image:

Thank you very much for looking.

Please feel free to comment. Thanks.

Francisco Vega Jr.
CP8700
My Web Gallery: http://www.aventtime.com/fv8700pix.html

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Nikon Coolpix 995
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