Fairest Flower of Them All

February 24, 2009 at 9:59 pm (EOS 1000D, raxeffect) (, , )

Av: F/5.6; Tv: 0.003s (1/400); f: 55mm (35mm-equiv:100 mm); ISO: 200

This was among my early pictures with my new DSLR camera Canon EOS 1000D and was taken when I was trying the capabilities of the camera.

* I like this photo for its contrast between the white flower and the dark background around it. I achieved this by using a very rapid shutter speed, thus ensuring very little light went into the sensor even though it was a very bright sunny afternoon. The main advantage of making the background dark is that we can make away with the other disturbances which might divert the attention from the subject in focus.

* The colour reproduction in other areas is also pretty good. I especially like the tinge of dark-yellow in the flower situated just above the name watermark, towards the bottom-right of the photo.

* The crispness of the focusing in this photo also catches the eye. The transition of the “in-focus” area to the blurred out area is very fast and smooth. It immediately draws attention to the flower.

I hardly did any Post-processing in this photo other than cropping out the edges a little bit.

Having said that, this photo needs to improve in areas like :

* The aperture value should have been decreased a little more or I should have used the Exposure bias, because the flower is a tad too bright in a few areas.

* The withered out flowers around the flower in focus could have been excluded from the photo.


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Maze of Earphones

February 14, 2009 at 9:08 pm (kiranoncemore, S3 IS) (, , , )

Maze of Earphones

Maze of Earphones

Tv: 1/500s; Av: F/8.0; f: 6mm (35mm-equiv: 38mm); Flash used

Processed using GIMP2.

This was a totally experimental snap. I placed the the bunch of entangled and entwined earphones on a large white paper on the floor; and took the snap from right on top of the subject. I was experimenting with lighting conditions as has been suggested to me by many readers. I guess I still have a long way to go as far as getting the lighting and background right goes.

I tried several options while editing the image. My main intention was to get a raw B&W look. While I succeeded in that, I feel the image editing leaves a lot to be desired too. The intention of posting this image is to get advice from readers about how better this image could have been edited. On the lighting conditions front, I will continue experimenting till I get even the basics right.

What improvements would I like to see?

  • This image seems to be overly sharpened and overly contrasted – so 2 points deducted for editing
  • Light distribution is not uniform – the lower area is well composed but the top area is too cluttered – 1 minus point for photograph framing
  • Observing the lower left of the snap, one sees a white earphone wire on a white background – not at all distinguishable. I think I should tried to get the shadow of the white wire over the white paper. That would have increased the appeal several fold – 2 points down for composition.

And thats just the beginning, I am sure!

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