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Morning rosebud 2

by tolomea on July 1, 2010

Morning rosebud 2

A different take on the dew covered rosebud concept.

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Macro Rose 2of2

by tolomea on June 30, 2010

Macro Rose 2of2

This second version is full frame as it came off the camera.

What I’ve done here is give it a full hit of the contrast boost. Out of curiosity I¬†generally run this for every photo, until now I’ve also always thrown the result away. But this time I think it works.

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Macro Rose 1of2

by tolomea on June 30, 2010

Macro Rose 1of2

So what we have here is the same photo twice with radically different post processing.

This first version is a close crop but is otherwise relatively normal. The color has also been tweaked up a little, but not much.

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Morning Rosebud

by tolomea on June 28, 2010

Morning Rosebud

Sorry about the lack of posts recently. I exhausted my buffer of post processed images and have been too busy to do more.

I got through a dozen or so tonight (I promise they are not all macro flowers) which should keep us going for a few days.

I also have a stack of panoramas in the pipe, the effort outlay for each of those is quite large, so strictly weekend stuff.

On the photo front I seem to be improving.

I’ve noticed that I’m cropping less often, which means I’m getting a better hit rate with my framing.

P.S. spot the bug.

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Morning Rose

by tolomea on June 28, 2010

Morning Rose

For this trip we headed up on the Friday evening after work.

This meant we got all day Saturday and the bulk of Sunday before heading home again.

Saturday morning there was a decent dew so I spent some time photographing dew covered flowers in the hotel gardens.

And that means you get to suffer through more macro flowers :P

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Macro Flower 13/13

by tolomea on May 3, 2010

Macro Flower 13/13

13 of… 13!!! Yes, the end it has arrived. Almost.

There’s another photo of one of those not flower things from a couple of photos ago. Then a couple of macro shots of a spider. And then the macro setting is off for a decent stretch. Promise.

Btw, if you would like to make your macro flower shots look this good there are a couple of Gimp menus you might like to pursue.

Filters -> Enhance -> Unsharp Mask: will make things look crispier, the default settings work just fine 99% of the time.

Colors -> Auto, this entire menu is gold. However White Balance is especially good, followed by Color Enhance. Just remember the two rules of color tinkering:

1: Do everything else first. Anything that stretches a color channel will insert high frequency noise into the image. This isn’t visible, but it will upset tools like Unsharp Mask. If you want to understand why start by doing a Google image search for fourier transform square wave and then look at the Gimp manual page for equalize.

2: Realism. You really have two options, totally surreal like those messed up HDR photos you see, or realistic. If you look at one of your photos and ask “are those colors too vivid” then the answer is YES, tone it down.

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Macro Flower 12/13

by tolomea on May 3, 2010

Macro Flower 12/13

Ta Da… A flower, up close, not at all like any of the last dozen photos. Yes this is getting tiring, even for me, but the end, it is in sight. And the stuff that comes next, totally and utterly not about flowers. Hell noes, next we are going to have some nice big fat polluting trains and cars and stuff.

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Macro Flower 11

by tolomea on May 2, 2010

Macro Flower 11

Yes… Not technically a flower, surely you aren’t going to hold that against me.

In totally unrelated news I have good feelings about the panoramas I took this weekend.

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Macro Flower 10

by tolomea on May 2, 2010

Macro Flower 10

This is one of my favorites, I just love the color and contrast.

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Macro Flower 9

by tolomea on April 29, 2010

Macro Flower 9

We are getting near the end of the flowers, really we are.

There are about 10 more macro shots in the queue, of which only 3 are flowers. Then it’s on with other more varied material.

The trip down to Illawarra last weekend wasn’t as photographic as I’d hoped, but there should be some workable material in there.

This weekends trip is to the Blue Mountains, I know from experience that there is lots of beautiful stuff there, but I’ve also already been through there with my camera a number of times.

On that note there won’t be any posts for the next couple of days, due of course to us being up in the mountains.

P.S. They aren’t really mountains, technically it’s an upland plateau.

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