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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 4:46 am 
Hi,

I moan a lot about British Columbia and what seems to be incessant rain, clouds and meteorological gloom. However, there are days when the sun does shine, peeking out from behind rain-laden clouds. Those are moments of transformation and everything looks and feels better.

Even the backyard....


A well-known weed that needs no further introduction.
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This is my castle-wall this hedge...
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And finally some really juicy-looking apple tree blossoms hanging over the hot tub on the patio deck
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Cheers :-)


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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 8:57 am 
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Hi LahLahSr,

Nice shots - can't make my mind up between 1 and 2 as to which is my favourite.

A question, if I may. Did the D40 default camera settings produce these images or have you boosted colour saturation either in-camera or during post-processing? Thanks.

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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 9:00 am 
they look pretty natural to me


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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 1:32 am 
Hey Bob,

My D40 was set to Vivid and Saturation +3 for these shots. So not a default setting. The stems supporting the green leaves are indeed red - not sure what the name is.

The apple-blossoms were hit with a very strong ray of sunlight and produced some very vivid colors to my eye. I'd probably not appreciate them this close if I were to simply study them with my eyes, but on my monitor they look like I remember them - with all that entails..lol.

Cheers :-)


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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 4:22 am 
Have to say that I too wondered about the saturation until I read your reply (above).

I reviewed the D40 for a New Zealand website but never went to Vivid and Saturation +3 for any shots. I think it works for your first and second pics, but in the third it is OTT for my eyes.

Were these with the AF-S DX 18-55 mm F3.5-F5.6 G II? I found it to be quite a good kit lens.


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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 4:52 am 
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funny how we all like different things, I find number 3 mesmerizing..lol...apple blossom, the fragrance ... add a little bit of zing from the yellow dandelion...and the privacy of a thick hedge...a little sanctuary for Von Puppletts.

I like number one, and number three, Lah.


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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 5:25 am 
LOL patti,

Zee wieners do enjoy that hedge - and especially all the imaginary critters they believe it to hold..

Yep brettania, it's that kit lens - and I too am quite fond of it. Would have liked the VR version, but optically I find it rather amazing, considering the price. Build and the front focus ring is revealing of it's price, but I don't bangit around and I can focus manually quite well with it.

For the most part I enjoy the ka-pow colors, but I'm developing an increasing appreciation of more low-key images. Things more subtle and soft.

Love yours and palakaboys flower shots in this forum-section - both of which gives me ideas for other shots. There is a magnificent park here in Vancouver with over 7.500 different species of plants and flowers and now that the summer is beginning to take hold, I'm going to have to go there to give you a run for your money..lol.

Cheers :-)


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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 7:17 am 
How come there is water on the plants if the weather was soo good 8)

I think you tried to play the rain man with your little spray can!


I really like these images, but there i just something about the first one that makes me just love it. I really like the angle of it, the colors. While the second shots just looks so fresh and summery! And the third the colors are just so vibrant, it looks like the perfect pink if you ask me. I bet the apples that are going to come of that tree are going to be superb


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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 8:43 pm 
Love the pictures LahLahSr, Especially no.1 the colours and the effect the drops of water have on it are amazing.


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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 11:27 pm 
This makes me not so upset that it rained today (had planned on going out to take photos). These are great. Very nice captures!


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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 6:05 pm 
I love the composition in number one,. it may be a weed, but its one of the prettiest flowers out there.

I have some growing outside my garage and I hate the thought of pulling them out and weeding the ground :cry: :cry:

Cheers Ormina


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