new flowers and a butterfly (6 pics)

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new flowers and a butterfly (6 pics)

Just sharing some new flower pics from this weekend and a peony from 2 weeks ago...

If you wish please cc composition because this is something I try to work on with flowers more lately. Smile

1. rose

2. roses

3. a new variety of Coreopsis (I want to try to crop it so the main flower is in a "1/3rd" position but also keep the 'bokeh'd" flowers at the top and the unopened buds below the main flower...)

4. Dianthus

5. an azure butterfly on dill flowers (ugh this one looks messy after brightening in Flickr)

6. peony

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1. It's a pretty rose and the bokeh is REALLY nice here, but something feels off to me. Maybe a curves bump would help. It just doesn't reach out and grab me.

2. LOVE this one!!! Again, a slight curves bump or saturation tweak might help, but the composition here is AWESOME! I can almost feel those soft petals. Smile

3. for the most part, I really like the composition. My only nit pick is the withered bloom at the bottom. I find that detracts and draws my eye. I love everything else about this shot. Could you clone that out w/ some of the buds?

4. fun shot! I think this would make a nice post card.

5. maybe it's the brightening in flickr, but the butterfly doesn't seem to command your focus. I think it's due to the lack of contrast to the background, but I'm not sure that' the real issue. Maybe a tighter crop would work better?

6. BEAUTIFUL flower and great shot! This is one of my favorites of the set (along w/ #2). I lvoe the rich color among all that greenery. VERY NICE!

TFS,
GiGi

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Amy, these are nice! I can't comment on all, pressed for time, but will comment on a few

1. really nice, just wish it wasn't so centered. the way it's opening to our left makes me crave more space on that side for it to embrace.

3. this is my favorite of the set ... but can you clone out the withered one? it totally detracts from this otherwise wonderful photo.

4. I like the idea ... but it's kinda on the busy side for me. and the random blank space in the middle drives me nuts. ha ha ha ha (so totally a personal opinion on that)

5. I'd love to see on Orton action on this one (I know you use PSP, but if you go to the coffeeandtea site, I bet she walks through the steps for it)

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Thanks GiGi and Gwen. I did a quick advanced contrast adjustment in Flickr on the roses and did see improvement. I also did a crop of the Coreopsis to remove the dying bloom.

Gwen, I like the idea about doing an Orton effect on #5...I tried it at Flickr (preview only since it's a premium feature) and it looked cool and it brought out the butterfly a good deal more!

Coffeeshop doesn't have the step-by-step but they had a really good link to a nature-photography Orton effect page that explains how to do it:

http://www.naturephotographers.net/articles0106/dw0106-1.html

I'll try to play with it one night this week and see what I get!

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can't wait to see it!!!! do you mind if I run the action on your uploaded copy for kicks?

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I don't mind at all, can't wait to see it Smile My earlier reply might have sounded unclear--by "cool" I meant neat, and bringing out the butterfly more was a good thing! LOL Smile

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Those are beautiful. Nicely done.

CC =

#4 is underexposed slightly. I would up the exposure some.

#6 the red channel is blown.

Beautiful work though. I love the pp in the others. Very nice.

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Thank you so much! Last night Gwen and I played with the Orton effect on the butterfly. It was fun for me to re-create it in PSPX. Here are 2 that I did: