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The Odd Daisy

The Odd Daisy
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Copyright: Darryl Mitchell (DarrylMitchell) (19)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-06
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-27 3:31
Viewed: 1968
Points: 3
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A couple of Dandelions in the field next to our house.

Taken on a quick walk out with a few friends on an odd day where the sun was actually shining in the UK. Whilst having a sit down in the grass i noticed the two flowers and instantly thought "photography opportunity".

I increased the saturation a notch in the yellows and greens to really make the flowers pop. Slightly sharpened the petals to enhance their details.

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To shelbeesmom: ColoursDarrylMitchell 2 04-28 20:13
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Welcome to TL Darryl! your colors are blown out a bit here. My suggestion is to wait, wait until like after 3PM...OR early morning. For some unknown reason full sunlight is really hard on flowers and capturing the details. ALSO...I would have shot this at F16 or higher. Keep shooting!

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  • Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2010-04-27 17:26]

Hey, welcome to the site Darryl.
You're gonna learn a lot from the members who pass on their techniques, skills, advice and tricks.

Good first posting here, although i have to agree with Linda's (Shelbeesmon) comment about the exposure blowing the colour.
For such brightly coloured subjects on a bright day, try getting to manual mode on the camera.
An auto-reading taken from a mid tone subject in the surrounding area will give you a more accurate meter reading. Grass itself for example, is mid tone, and if you take an exposure reading in auto, dial those settings in and then shoot the subject in manual.
Don't let the camera trick you into increasing aperture/reducing shutter speed to get an average reading.

you can always use the ev setting too, adding or reducing 1/3 stop to compensate. Spot metering should work well too on macro shots.

I like the choice of aperture here. You got a good focus on the main subject, but throwing the background out of focus so there's no clutter in the shot distracting the eye from the main subject matter.

Good definition, good detail, good contrast and good first attempt.
Well done, Darryl
Keep them coming.


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