Uploaded: July 31, 2009


Was going for a soft shot, but with some detail. Loved the pink in this flower.

Exif: F Number: 2.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/50 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 50.00 mm, Model: NIKON D80


Christie R. Bielss July 31, 2009

I'm thinking I might should back off on the crop a bit as it looks funky on the yellow thing-a-ma-jigs. What say you?

I did have approval to go out and take a few shots. Do still have some issues with the shakey arm, but was happy to get some images with some clarity to them today. #1161784

Christie R. Bielss July 31, 2009

Oh, and a redhead in a giant flower garden without a hat - yes, I was chased numerous times by the bumblebees. Sorry little buggers! #7801074

Dale Hardin July 31, 2009

Christie, I think you accomplished your goal. The pink colors are gorgeous and you have nice detail as well. The center weighted comp gives it an almost kaleidescope feel.

If you have access, by all means go out and get some more shots and with the bees as well. They won't bother you. And take a tripod with a remote cable or use the timer until you get back in shape.

As far as backing off on the comp, that would be OK as long as you can do so without having spaces between the petals. Otherwise you need to use a different criteria for your composition. #7801538

Dale Hardin July 31, 2009

By the way Christie, if you'd like to try to take this shot to a different level and want to play around with your PSE6, you might try this.

Crop the image tighter using a square crop and crop up close to the soft pink petals that surround the center yellow ring. That would be about 1/3 the way in from the edges of the current image.

Then selectively sharpen the center area using the 'enhance/adjust sharpness' tool. Use a radius of o.5 and adjust the amount to suit. Probably about 1/2 the max. Make the center sharper at 100% opacity, and the outer area where the yellow is, at about 50% opacity.

This will create a mask where you have applied the sharpening. Then click on the original background image and apply a blur. Use the SMART BLUR with settings of about 10 for the radius and about 15 to 20 for the threshold.

This should give it a whole new look that you may like. #7801575

Anthony L. Mancuso July 31, 2009

I was thinking the crop was a bit tight too Christie, but I'm very interested to see what Dales suggestions do... #7801915

Michael Kelly level-deluxe July 31, 2009

Nice detail and colors here Christie. I am a little afraid that backing off the crop will leave too many spaces and won't work as well as what you show here. I would say it might be a bit tight, but I still think you found the best crop. I would try Dale's suggestion and see if that will improve a fine shot. #7801929

Rita K. Connell level-classic July 31, 2009

I agree if you back I don't think it will work because at the top you can already see the white spots. I love to see Dale suggestion I think the center of the flower needs to be sharper. I love the colors, I think you accomplished your goal also. #7802152

Ellen H. Robertson level-classic August 01, 2009

Well Christie, shakey arm and bumble bees did not stop you from getting a fabulous shot. I think it is beautiful as is and would like to see Dales suggestions. #7803157

Christie R. Bielss August 01, 2009

Here's to hoping I got Dale's suggestions right. What do ya think? #7805042

Christie R. Bielss August 01, 2009

why does this look softer on BP than it does in PSE6 on my screen? Weird. #7805088

Michael Kelly level-deluxe August 01, 2009

Christie that looks very good to me. I think you have got it.

There does seem to be a change to shots on BP from what we have on our own screens. I think that may have to do with how they size the shots for display. #7805695

Dale Hardin August 01, 2009

You did a good job Christie and I hope you had fun with the mask and varied opacity workout.

Not as much difference as I thought there would be but it does seem more intense and I like the way the smart blur looked compared to a Gaussian blur. The crop is a little tighter than I'd envisioned also. Didn't want to clip the soft pink petals on the left.

I like this shot and it certainly gets your attention especially the second post. #7805717

Anthony L. Mancuso August 02, 2009

I think Mike is right about the way BP dislpays the images, they usually look bigger to me on the BP page than in my PS window...I think you lose too much resolution with this tighter crop and prefer the original..great colors in both though... #7807416

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