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Xlogic
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Milk and Wine Lillies

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FUJIFILM FinePix S3380
4.3mm 1/90th F3.1 ISO64

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FUJIFILM FinePix S3380
4.3mm 1/125th F3.1 ISO64

My Lillies starting to bloom thought I would share a couple photo's. I would also appreciate any tips on taking better pictures of my flowers.


KittyMom
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They are beautiful. Lilies are one of my favorites.
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krazyboi
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reply to Xlogic

looking good...



jaykaykay
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Your images are lovely. The only thing I might suggest is to try to shoot them, or crop them, without the background car. And, since the direction in which you shot also has a building included, I might try to shoot the flowers with the building straight up and down so the eye doesn't wander to look at the lopsided building instead of your focal point. You've done a nice job in shooting when they have water droplets on the petals too, btw.
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Xlogic
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I did crop one and played with the curves a little just learning how to do it actually so it might not be right. You all are welcome to use these in the "Artify" thread I'm sure they could look better.


Jodokast96
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said by Xlogic:

My Lillies starting to bloom thought I would share a couple photo's. I would also appreciate any tips on taking better pictures of my flowers.

Get in close to start with; cropping will only get you so far. Set a smaller f/stop (larger number) and use a tripod if you have to. That class of Fuji will take some really nice pictures in good light, which you've got here.


jaykaykay
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To my way of thinking, you have the idea, and practicing is one of the best ways to learn, not only the shooting but the processing. Would you mind of I posted one that I played with to show you fully what I meant, right here in this thread?



Xlogic
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I don't mind at all.



KittyMom
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Well, since you don't mind us playing. . .





I cropped, applied Topaz Detail and Lens Effects and finished with a mask and borders in an effort to minimize any background distractions.
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Xlogic
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That's really nice, KittyMom I looked at your flicker very nice pictures there to, I put all the pictures of the stray cat's I feed on mine...lol...located here > »www.flickr.com/photos/igmo/
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KittyMom
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I just checked out your photostream. Very cool!! That one cat looks like a lion.
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Xlogic
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LoL I call him Bighead he is very tame and about 8 years old.
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jaykaykay
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FUJIFILM FinePix S3380
4.3mm 1/125th F3.1 ISO64

I cropped, cloned out the top of the street and cloned in a few more leaves to cover that drain pipe. I added a little tone mapping, vibrancy, and finished off with a slight back lighting. Everyone else would do their own thing, and I think what you did to start with was a great start. The things I did are just "me".


Xlogic
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That's very nice jaykaykay!

I use GIMP is "tone mapping" called something else?



GeekGirl1
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I agree, you need go material to start with. Here's my version, cropped and resized to 1024x768.

Xlogic - I'm also using GIMP. If you don't have it yet, download the Fx-Foundry Scripts Pack. I used:

-BSSS sharpening
-Lasm's LAB wow
-LOMO effect

-along with a few other effects.

I found a definition for tone mapping: "Tone mapping reduces global contrast in images while increasing local contrast and shadow/highlight detail." Google for "tone mapping GIMP" - I don't have any experience with it, but there are tutorials and scripts. The Levels control seems to do some of this work.


Jodokast96
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First I want to say nice edit JKK. Looking at that full size, it just proves my point about that class of Fuji taking some really nice shots. Even after your crop and edit, there's still a lot there. Maybe I'll pull out the old S3000 and give her a spin.



jaykaykay
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said by Xlogic:

That's very nice jaykaykay!

I use GIMP is "tone mapping" called something else?

»osp.wikidot.com/tone-mapping


Xlogic
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Thanks jaykaykay, I've spent the day going through the gimp plugin registry, so many plugins but its fun playing with them.
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jaykaykay
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You are most welcome. Happy I was of help for you. Enjoy the plugins.



EGeezer
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You might also like Raw Therapee. It has extensive features, including tone and luminance mapping, temperature adjustment and great sharpening and local contrast tools. I often use it to pre-process my raw PEFs prior to editing in GIMP.

It supports most RAW formats and can export directly to GIMP.

Significant missing features are selection tools and layers.

»rawtherapee.com/

For a sample of working in RT and GIMP, see this tutorial on repair of a noisy RAW image.

»software-tips.wonderhowto.com/ho···-291001/
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