20
Jul
09

7/20/2009

Primroses On My Mind

Primrose's On My Mind

I like Primrose, but then I don’t think I had ever seen primrose on this scale, or exactly this color. Breathtaking might be too strong, but certainly something like a hiccup. Again when the subject is really the mass effect, you have to shop for a pattern that catches the eye. Zooming out to about 200mm and shooting at a low angle into the mass of flowers captured the effect I was after. (We are, by the way, still at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, ME.)

Sony DSC H50 at about 200mm equivalent. F5.6 @ 1/800 @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

I used the General-Punch develop preset in Lightroom and the Sharpen-landscapes preset. That is all. Did not even open the image in the develop module.

Here is a more traditional view from a higher angle, with a longer zoom (350mm equivalent) and from further away. Greater compression here.

Primrose Sea

Primrose Sea

Same presets in Lightroom. A similar effect…but different.


2 Responses to “7/20/2009”


  1. 07/20/2009 at 7:02 pm

    I think its so great that you work with your photos so much…change things..add things..learn what works and what doesnt..
    I dont manipulate my photos that much yet..but I am getting some good ideas!

    Thanks.

  2. 2 singraham
    07/20/2009 at 7:14 pm

    Yes, I am always learning, but the “work” I do after the shutter is pressed is all visualized before the shutter is pressed. I know what I want to capture, and postprocessing is part of the process as surely as the camera settings are. The file is like a film negative. The final image is the print. We used to shoot the negative in a way which would allow us to make the print we envisioned while behind the camera. It was all one long creative process, from raw film to initial exposure, to film processing, to print making…and the finished product was the print. Why should it be any different with digital? From empty sensor, to initial exposure, to digital file, to image editing software, to final image on a screen, on the web, or printed in a magazine, or printed and hung on the wall. All part of one extended creative process. Every step is equally important. IMHO 🙂


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