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 Post subject: Water Lily
PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:44 am 
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Washington DC Botanic Garden

Nikon D40
Nikkor 55-200mm VR @ 160mm
ISO 200, F/11, 1/800 sec, Spot Metering
Shot in NEF and processed with ACR 4.1 / Photoshop Elements 5

Here's the tip: I took this image in full sunlight by spot metering on the brightest part of the lily - for many cameras the dynamic range extends more in the shadows than in the highlights (when 'middle gray' is considered the reference point) - check your camera's DR tests where available. So if you shoot at low ISO / noise, in RAW, you can bring back more shadow detail, with more accurate colors, than hightligh detail.
In this case I did not change the exposure in PP because the red channel is pretty close to clipping and there was no interesting detail in the shadows. I also liked the way the background was darkened as a result of the higher shutter speed, bringing the flower even more to the viewer's attention - this is usually a very nice secondary effect when shooting flowers...

Darrin


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Nice, Darrin!
I'm still unsure, whether your pics are cropped or reduced :?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:23 am 
Thank you Thomas.
This was both cropped and resized - I removed a bit from the top.
When I resize my pictures for the web I always like to divide the length and width by 4 or 3. Whenever you see weird sizes it means I did some cropping :)

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