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Some Fun

I'm going to focus more on still life/flowers/nature photography rather than people photography. It's just a lot easier and more fun for me Smile

These are two I did last night and think turned out nicely.

Thanks for letting me share!

This wasn't what I was going for really, but think it turned out pretty.
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I love how this turned out looking like silver metal.
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these are both stunning, but the detail in #2 just BLOWS ME AWAY!

Wow! Mind sharing your settings/lens/etc?

TFS!
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I saw these earlier and they are really beautiful. I can totally relate to what you said; nature is my niche too and I am much better at it than at people photography, although I've been photographing nature for over a decade and portrait-type for only a year. I've always been a wildlife/animal person anyway.

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WOW, these are beautiful!!! What is on the rose in the first one? Love them both!

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My settings for the rose shot were 1/250 f/9 100. I used my speedlight off camera and above at probably 1/16th power. I used my 70-200 lens with one or two of my extension tubes attached (either just the 20mm or the 20 and 12mm together). Processed with MCP's new Fusion action and changed the opacity of layers to suit. Ran a sharpen through unsharpen mask.

The tulip was with the same settings. Speedlight off camera and shooting from above at 1/8th power to blow out the white background. Used the same lens as above with the 12mm extension tube to ensure I could get the flower in the shot, but have a close focusing distance (the focus distance of the 70-200 is like 4ft). I brought it into CS5, converted to BW and adjusted the color sliders to get the right balance. I did a defog and ran a high pass (that's what really brought out the detail). Added MCP's vignette at very low opacity.

Amy, glad to know I'm not the only one Smile I soooo want to love people photography because it is so popular and I see some amazing things done with it! But, I just don't think it's 'me'...does that make sense? But then I feel like I won't be taken seriously if I don't do people...like I'm just another photographer taking pretty pictures of stuff. Almost like if you don't take pictures of people, then I won't be considered a 'real' photographer. Oh well, guess I shouldn't care what other people think....sorry rambling Wink

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Sorry Tara, you replied while I was rambling Lol

It was a opal/pearly nail polish. I wanted to get the rose covered in the polish....but it didn't come out very well. Weighed down the petals and just got soaked up. This one was 'dipped' in a puddle of polish when it was a thin layer and drying. I used up two very pretty pink roses DH gave me from V-day. 10 more to play with tonight!! Biggrin

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I really like the second one. It looks like it's made of evening gown material.

Funny, I was also shooting Valentine's flowers last night. Except I haven't even looked at them yet to see if I got anything interesting. That's what happens with me. I get the urge to shoot, then I leave it in the camera for a while Lol

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Jaw drop. :eek: Both are amazing, but that tulip is seriously AWESOME!

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WOW, WOW, WOW! Adore these!

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I'm in a lot of wildlife/nature "circles" outside of these forums and I can tell you that wildlife photography is HUGE too, so don't feel at all like you wouldn't be a "real" photographer if you stuck to that! It is surely just as if not more competetive because there is SO much wildlife photography going on by so many people that it's overwhelming. A few months ago after several people's suggestions, I was checking out stock photography sites and one can pretty much forget about entering butterfly photos because it is a completely swamped subject everywhere!!! lol

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those are incredible. I LOVE the first one - what a neat idea with the nail polish! the detail on the second is very cool.

and I don't think you have to photograph people to be considered a REAL photographer. do what YOU love to do, don't worry about what people think. Smile (now I'm going to head outside and see if the moon is low enough to photograph ... :ROFL:)

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These are nice!

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beautiful!

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Thanks for the kind words, everyone Smile

Gwen, I took photos of the moon last night too!!! Not a single one came out as good as that first shot I shared....I don't know what I was doing differently. I couldn't get any detail on it.

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Love both of these! Way to go on the flower shots! Can't wait to see more!

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Pretty shots, I can't wait for spring to get back into shooting photos of my garden and the flowers in it.

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"Jeffininer" wrote:

Thanks for the kind words, everyone Smile

Gwen, I took photos of the moon last night too!!! Not a single one came out as good as that first shot I shared....I don't know what I was doing differently. I couldn't get any detail on it.

was your aperture closed up enough? I have to have an ap of at least 8 for good moon detail. the ones I took that night are still on my camera, as are the ones I took last night. Wink

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"coolmama72" wrote:

was your aperture closed up enough? I have to have an ap of at least 8 for good moon detail. the ones I took that night are still on my camera, as are the ones I took last night. Wink

Yes, my ap was at 10. I think it may have been lens shake. I had my 70-200 all the way at 200 and my shutter speed was only 1/80. It as on my tripod, but I should have upped my ISO so I could have gotten my shutter speed faster. Eh, you live and learn.