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The camera never lies...

The camera never lies...
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Copyright: Adrian Warren (AdrianW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 131 N: 105] (307)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-25
Categories: Nature, Macro
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, EF 100 2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Floral theme [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-25 15:30
Viewed: 4665
Points: 39
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
They say the camera never lies... They're right of course, cameras aren't that clever just yet ;) However a photographer can easily create an image that doesn't show things as they were...

No Photoshop trickery here, just a little sleight of hand. We had some snow here today, and it settled for a couple of hours - so I had to go out and photograph something. Since I wasn't feeling particularly energetic I went into the back garden ;)

At first glance you'd think it was glorious sunny day with a clear blue sky when I took this, unfortunately in reality it was a nasty grey overcast day. It doesn't look like it though does it?

So, why does the image look so different to the reality? Well, there are two main things here - the first is the use a sky blue background, in this case a cushion off the sofa. The other thing is the nice warm light, which was generated by an off-shoe 550EX flashgun with a warm stofen diffuser on it :) I've now posted a Workshop of the overall scene, which I hope explains the setup a little better!

Now for a bit about the subject itself - for those of you who didn't recognise it instantly it's a daffodil. The daffodil is the national flower of Wales.

The scientific name for the daffodil is Narcissus pseudonarcissus, which is derived from the Greek god, Narcissus who fell in love with his own reflection.

Daffodils can also be deceptive in their own right, and unfortunately have been occasionally mistaken for onions. I say unfortunately because the mistake is almost always fatal, since Daffodils contain very high levels of an alkaloid called Iycorine.

Aperture priority, f6.7. -2 stops FEC.
Canon Speedlite 550EX, off-shoe cord 2, Stroboframe flip, stofen warm diffuser.
100ISO RAW converted using DPP. USM and Curves applied in Photoshop.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To zto: Thankyou :)AdrianW 5 03-05 11:17
To cloverstar: Cushion and StainesAdrianW 2 03-03 03:27
To Jlvenne: WokingAdrianW 1 02-26 10:25
To hojper: LOLAdrianW 1 02-25 17:26
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Its amazing what trickery one can get up to. I like the use of your cushion as a backdrop and your notes. Ingenuity is the greatest talent, well done.

Well, if you didn't tell us about it I suppose no one would guess ;-) Excellent pp work! The macro itself is very good, sharp with well saturated colours. Well done.

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  • brkgnd (34)
  • [2005-02-25 15:59]

Perfect macro Adrian.
The colors and sharpness is amazing and your note is really useful.

Adrian, the colour is excellent and thanks for the useful note. Well done, TFS

Hi Adrian,
WOW this is one sharp image. I realy like it.

Great shot. The colors and DOF are wonderful. Well done.

And I suppose you bought the daffodil at the florist and brought the snow in from the garden and took this in your bathroom? Well, whatever, it is what it's all about. And the colours are superb and warm and this little daffodil will now live forever - isn't that a wonder of nature also?

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 331 N: 902] (5752)
  • [2005-02-25 19:40]

Excelent work, Adrian. Very creative and well done on this composition and details.


Well done, and very creative. This is great...I think you would have fooled me if I had not read the note.

I thought it was the clear sky, Adrian! How clever to think of that. It worked well. Your photo is very sharp and an excellent macro. Congrats....:O) Kat

What a beautiful flower! excellent shot, I like your picture. I see you are living at Woking, do you know Mr Less Samson?

What a lovely cushiony blue sky. Did you really take the cushion outside for this. As you say, we can create a scene anyway we want to, and I must add that I think this was a creative idea.
I was born and raised in Staines, not too far from you. If ever you go there, take a pic for me please, so I can walk down memory lane.

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  • Quark Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1314 W: 11 N: 29] (66)
  • [2005-02-26 4:56]

We don't have to go far away for a shot, in winter the garden is a great area and you used some useful tools to make this one and you succeeded very well, it's a great shot !

A beautiful show of the daffodil Adrian, you don't see too many with the orange coloured trumpets, usually they are all yellow, or maybe with a paler trumpet (or is that the narcissus). Thank you for showing us the 'set-up' for your shot, that is very interesting - hope you didn't get that nice pale blue cushion too dirty on the wet patio. Very creative idea in setting it up like that.

wonderfull photo, thanks for sharing the technique! nice daY!

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  • zto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 911 W: 122 N: 48] (246)
  • [2005-03-03 12:50]
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Many thanks for a wonderfull note Adrian. You are far more advanced then me, that is for sure. I don't even have an external flash yet hehe. Belive it or not but i was thinking of you just the other day (without having been at your Trek portfolio), I was having an idea for a citrus macro when it stroke me from where the idea came...It was your "Fruit punch" So, consequently, i'll have to come up with something else for the citrus macro. I am being picky now, only cause i happen to think you are great ;-) but i miss something. I can't define what really, obly i know you can do better. It is technically as goos as it gets and can be but it lacks some punch. And tis is when you will reply...hey...did you see the WS...what the wheater was like and what the scene actually look like...cut me some slack will you ;-) You really did a great transformation. often my scenes look liek that as well. The rest is hidden behind whatever i hae at ahnd at the moment.

TFS and take care.

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  • luloto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 186 W: 9 N: 190] (2031)
  • [2005-03-03 16:58]

Una imagen muy bella. Me gusta la composición y técnicamente está perfecta.
Representa a la fragilidad de la naturaleza soportando el terrible frio del invierno. Muchas gracias por tus comentarios
A very beautiful image. I like the composition and technically it is perfect. It represents the fragility of the terrible nature supporting the cold one of the winter. Thank you very much by your commentaries

excellente photo !

very good colors and depth here adrian
excellent work

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  • ange Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 314 W: 4 N: 154] (1210)
  • [2006-07-08 10:10]

Hello Adrian
Very nice " Narcissus".If you didn't tell us about the photo,I would think it was a sunny day and the background was a swimming pool, never a bleu cushion.
Excelent and creative work.Many thanks for sharing.

He doesn't lie because it is a beautiful photo.
Very creative use of the available things

Ciao Adrian

Delicate capture of these flowers!
Very well captured with sharp fine detail, the colours are well reproduced...
Impressive use of DoF isolates the flowers well!
Perspective and colors are nice, excellent captured and composed.



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