A Walk Through My Garden

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  1. sojourn

    sojourn TPF Noob!

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    I didn't go anywhere today but in my garden, which is just waking up from a cold, cold winter. Happy Spring to all!!

    1. My first crystal tulip to bloom. Look at those frosty edges:

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    2. The first bloom on my dianthus 'Firewitch' patch stands amidst the waiting buds leaning over the gravel path:

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    3. I love miniature dwarf bearded iris, they do well in my rockeries. This lemon-pie colored one is one of my favorites. It is around 6" tall.

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    4. And what garden set would be complete without a bee closeup on Euphorbia characias' green on green flowers:

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    Nice bee shot.
    I would just like to put out there that it might benefit from some desaturation of the yellows. Then again, it could be spot on and best as is :lol:

    For the first shot, I see you have some shadows in the background. I find that if you are shooting a flower that is being painted by sunlight, you can make the shot even more dramatic if you position yourself to place a dark/shadow area behind it. If pulls the flower away from any bright backgrounds that may compete for tones.
     
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    Dominantly, many thanks for your input! I see what you mean about the yellow saturation. While I didn't bump the saturation at all on that image, it might have been good to desaturate it just a bit. That plant has very strongly chartreuse-colored bracts and with the tiny yellow flowers inside it does scream YELLOW! a bit.

    You know, I could have moved just a bit and had that whole tulip flower in a darker, shady bokeh...I am learning though! I take more time to consider the background than I ever did before. I can't wait for the other colors of this fascinating type of tulip to bloom. This variety is new to me.

    Here's a red tulip I tried to get with a bit of backlight to capture the translucent quality of the satiny petals. It came out fairly well, I think:

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    Very nice! you've explained yourself perfectly with that picture!

    Yes, I already do take a lot of time to walk around and stare at flowers, and I do a lot of sitting on the ground, sometimes laying down and squatting down low...it's good for the leg muscles <groan> And just about the time I get the perfect balance and focus, my viewfinder will fill with cat fur, the wind will blow the subject around or a dog nose will bump my arm!
     
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    Love the bee shot!!! The others are nice as well. I also like the way you did the red tulip. I am a garden/flower junkie as well...

    Quick random question: How do you like your Sigma 18-200? I am thinking of selling my kit 18-55 and my 70-300 to get a 18-200...
     
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    Ron Evers Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    The bee shot is nice but too centered.
     
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    mommy22, I am very pleased with my lens. As I don't have much experience with other lenses I am not able to make an informed comparison against any other glass---but it certainly does the job for me.
     
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    Arrggh, I am going to have to rewire my brain for this 'rule of thirds', while I think that that ROT is pleasing, I like centered things, too.

    OK, here is the bee, desaturated, yellow removed a tad, cropped up some because the bee is in good focus and a bit of cloning:

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    reznap No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    ^ Nice edit sojourn. I like how detailed everything is on that little guy, wings and all.

    I think #1's very beautiful too. Nice garden you have there.
     

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