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Final image of a clover flower

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Original image (size reduced for forum)IMG_4017_orig_2400.thumb.jpg.13d9e914fabe8ffd341ac7e6eb335288.jpg

 

Cropping, obviously (to my taste).

Duplicated original image, cut out flower. On this layer I used "levels" adjustment to boost the black on flower. Next I used "shadows and highlights" adjustment layer to add some contrast. Finally used the "shadows and highlights" live filter to make final adjustments.

On background, simple "curves" adjustment layer.

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7 hours ago, PatrickM said:

@Smee Again nice picture of a popular flower, and I see that you still have the motivation to post here despite the lack of order/organization in this "SyW" sub-forum.
Have you tried increasing the contrast a bit?

Patrick

Thank you Patrick. Will try a bit more contrast perhaps the next time my brain is clear enough to do this. My pain meds and chemo really mess with my thinking some days.

Between you and I, I just post photos here to mess with the folks who believe that only "drawings" are art. Capturing images of all creation or creating a unique image are all art in my book. Some of us are just not as good at it as we wold like to be.

Drawing and painting are both fun. I was first published in "Design" magazine (international artist magazine from the 1970's) while a sophomore in high school. The following year as a junior, I was commissioned by the state I lived in to do the cover for their "Index to Music Teachers". In various jobs and at educational institutions I have created line drawings for technical illustrations used in their text books.

I see art as being a lot of different things, but mostly I see it as huge a challenge once you begin to lose vision quality. Diabetes destroys your eyesight. While I don't consider myself an "artist" with the camera, I do enjoy it more than painting or sketching today. Gives me a chuckle when someone here looks at a photograph (mine or someone else's) but doesn't consider it "art" because it wasn't "drawn" in a vector art program. 

Be well. Hope to see more of your images in the future as I always enjoyed them.

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30 minutes ago, PatrickM said:

@Smee AgainThank you but I got tired of posting screenshots over the years. When I left this forum a few months ago, I didn't expect that I wouldn't be able to use the latest beta and I re-registered only to report the issues. However, if you allow me, I could give you my vision of your picture. Beware of covid and stay safe.

Patrick

Go for it! Just don't let all "the eyes staring back at you" from the clover be a distraction.

Looks like there's a crop of green Peeps growing in there.

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I like it. Does make the flower the star of the image. Most of the time I post images to the web they go to my 500px account like this one:

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I will get several requests wanting to know how I accomplished the image and then they think I'm holding back on the facts. The image above is straight out of camera but resized for forum. As my late friend Don used to tell me all the time, "Even a blind pig finds an acorn now and then." It was simply, right place and right time combined with my camera accidentally doing what it was supposed to. Shot with Nikon L340 which is totally auto except that you can choose the ISO.

Early Sunday morning, bright sunlight hitting this honeysuckle bud on the end of the bush while the rest was in shadow. Also, it was processed with another photo editor which is why I never posted it here.

Love Macro photography regardless of who does it. Not preaching, but I see God's hand in the tiniest details of the things around us in nature.

BTW, it isn't spamming. Love to look at your works.

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@Smee Again Nice picture ! If you remember the ones I posted here, it's the kind of macro I like too.

I should have clarified my thought earlier (the problem of multitasking): I never got tired of posting my photos here (it has always been a great pleasure to discuss with forum members and team members) but of not being able to order them as I would have liked to do 🤨... and at some point, despite the interesting exchanges, it remains too frustrating to "suffer" the organization of the forum. But I understand the impossibility for Serif to allow (like Adobe) to the users to manage galleries... technical difficulty I suppose, hence the implementation (I suppose too) of "Spotlight" for the known and recognized artists 🙂

Patrick

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@PatrickM  I for one would wish that you would continue to post your beautiful images.  They always brightened even the worst cold, rainy day!


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@Smee Again @jmwellborn  Again, thank you for your enthusiasm 😊. I don't know what to write... I miss you too 🙂

If I suddenly feel like posting my photos again, I won't hesitate but not for now. I know that I couldn't repost photos without having the irrepressible urge to take them down (almost) right away. Maybe when I have a more organized structure on the side, the ambient chaos won't bother me anymore. Besides, I'm also tired of never getting any feedback on the problems we report.

... and if the next retail versions of APhoto are all as lagging as the current beta version on my pc, then it will be the end of using Affinity apps.

Cheers,

Patrick

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I bought a set of Viltrox extension tubes at B&H for under $40.00 and they have really opened up the world of the tiny for me. These extension tubes allow through the lens metering and autofocus to still work. Comes with three tubes that can be used singly, or stacked.

I am most fond of  20m tube (used in above images) as it suits my subjects but there are also a 12mm and a 36mm tube. I use them with the 18-55 kit lens that came with my old Canon 300D years ago (still works even though the camera wore out years ago) on my newer Canon EOS T7. If I stack all three tubes, my UV filter gets in the way of focusing and I have to remove it to attempt the shot. Also, when you get that close, you lose all depth of field completely, and it is very difficult to light properly.

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Actually, the amount of magnification is dependent on the focal length of the lens you use. Shorter focal length = less magnification. From what I hear, a "nifty fifty" is usually a pretty good choice.

When I did the reverse lens shots, once again, I liked to use my 18-55mm kit lens. Since I got the extension tubes though, I haven't used the other. I like the convenience of being able to have one hand free to manipulate the subject while the camera does all the calculations like focus and exposure.

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6 hours ago, Pattou said:

 I also prefer sometimes to rely on the autofocus of my camera even if I often focus manually.

I only had the one lens when I tried the reversed lens, so I was going on what someone had told me when I was part of the photogenius group on Facebook. Should have tried it with some of the old glass I still have from film days and I would have known.

Yep, I rely on autofocus because for me it is becoming more of a challenge to do manual focus. I stopped using my 300d when the diopter would no longer compensate for my eyesight (autofocus broke a long time ago). My T7 will allow me to manually focus by using the monitor, and can even zoom in to check the focus. This allows me to wear my glasses and accurately focus, but it doesn't provide a third hand for manipulating the camera 😒. Really only helps with a tripod, and I prefer hand held shots.

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

I think clover flowers are so pretty, and here is what I'm talking about. This image was taken this afternoon with my Canon T7 with a Quantaray 70-300mm macro lens (hand held). Oh, and a honeybee made a surprise appearance.

 

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I made a duplicate of the original image. The top image saw the selection of the clover and bee. After cleaning up the selection, I used "selective color" to remove some of the yellow from the flower. Then I used the "clarity" and "high-pass" filters to sharpen it just a bit. Then I reduced the exposure slightly on the bottom layer.

Of course, I then resized to 2400 X 1600 for the forum.

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15 hours ago, Courtney Hunt said:

Which camera, lens and flash you used to take this shot. I am learning photography. And want to buy a new lens, filter and Speedlight for macro photography or close photography. Any suggestion? 

Canon T7

Quantaray 70-300mm zoom / macro

NO flash or speedlight.

"Spray and pray" is the common expression for using continuous shooting -- probably total of 80 shots for less than 10 keepers.

I try to make sure that I do not interfere with natural behavior of subject, that is the reason for the long lens.

Processed with Affity Photo by duplicating image, cutting out bee and clover then lowering exposure of bottom image to draw the eye to flower.

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8 hours ago, Smee Again said:

Canon T7

Quantaray 70-300mm zoom / macro

NO flash or speedlight.

"Spray and pray" is the common expression for using continuous shooting -- probably total of 80 shots for less than 10 keepers.

I try to make sure that I do not interfere with natural behavior of subject, that is the reason for the long lens.

Processed with Affity Photo by duplicating image, cutting out bee and clover then lowering exposure of bottom image to draw the eye to flower.

Thank for the suggestion. I have Tamron 150 600 zoom lens and now I am defiantly buing Quantaray 70-300mm.

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4 hours ago, Courtney Hunt said:

Thank for the suggestion. I have Tamron 150 600 zoom lens and now I am defiantly buing Quantaray 70-300mm.

My Quantaray lens appears as a Tamron lens in exif data when I am getting exposure data for a group I belong to. You might enjoy the monthly challenges.. it is the photogenius Brisbane group.

 

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A couple of shots I took Friday, but almost didn't get to post.

Oh the things they don't tell you before starting chemo! The latest drug they popped in my port comes from the Chinese "Happy Tree" . . . almost killed me while being infused! After a couple days in ICU I'm home now for a while (I hope).

Really liked this Iris and the out of focus objects in front of it lent a little interest to me. The definition of the "veins" in the petals is something I liked as well.

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This little Nasturtium was neat. Looks like they're having a party inside. Started to animate it with flashing lights, but don't have the time right now.

 

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