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Winter Growth - Third Time

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1/600 s at f/5.6, Canon 18-55mm at 55mm, 1600 ISO (RAW)
(Original: 1/125 s at f/5.6, Canon 18-55mm at 47mm, 200 ISO (RAW))

Heading out from the house today, I decided that this new growth needed to be captured against the pure white snow! I might re-do this image from home tonight, as I can't process raw images at work...yet...but this should give you a good indication of what I was going for. :)

Edit 12/17: When I first posted this image, I only had the JPEG of certain images, and the one I liked the best was only in camera raw. SO...when I got home, and noticed that a few people really didn't like the one I had posted, I decided to recrop and do the white balance in Adobe Camera Raw, which is what I should have done in the first place. Hope you like it! As an aside, I installed the latest version of Mandrake Linux at my office (2006) which has the UF-Raw that supports my camera, so I can now open, process and post raw images from work!

Edit 12/18: I'm so sick of this image, but now I think I have it a little bit better. Increased the exposure and saturation a bit. I think it looks nicer now. :)
IMAGE DETAILS
Image size
750x500px 333.48 KB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Shutter Speed
1/1600 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
55 mm
ISO Speed
1600
Date Taken
Dec 14, 2005, 8:33:22 AM
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lnagel's avatar
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Uh, this isn't very balanced when it comes to composition. The left side is disturbingly empty, and the top a bit too. I think you should crop it a bit.. :p
Otherwise its cool, looks pretty surreal.. :)
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amarandHobbyist Photographer
Actually, I wanted the subject more to the right and bottom side for a little MORE imbalance. I wasn't going for disturbing but maybe...off-balance is a better word? It's really not normal, in my mind, for new growth to be appearing in the middle of winter. Then again, I wanted the subject to be big in the frame so...it was challenging to crop it "right" for me. :)
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lnagel Photographer
Well, in any case, its a compromise between 2 good cropping choices in my opinion - and a compromise aint that good here, sorry.. :P
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amarandHobbyist Photographer
I think you're right. :) Now that I got the RAW file at the house, I've edited it, and will post my new crop!
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lnagel Photographer
Ok, cool. :)
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*sigh* the only thing here growing is the inches of snow.... I love the look of life in the bloom!!!
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amarandHobbyist Photographer
I know, me too! :)
Mona-Cake's avatar
Oh, this is very cool. :)
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amarandHobbyist Photographer
Thank you. :heart:
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You're very welcome. :)
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steamyrain Photographer
Loverly Beverly! :)
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amarandHobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :hug:
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steamyrain Photographer
your welcome! :)
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Starkness of lonely plant = effective; funny how snow itself is usually stark and lo and behold, here is an object that is more so. Especially since it's hard to tell it's snow. Cool.
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amarandHobbyist Photographer
Thank you. :blush:
mis-match's avatar
oh my gosh is snow that white.. i want snow! its summer here.. lol!
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amarandHobbyist Photographer
Snow is that white if you set it as the white-point. *Laughs*
mis-match's avatar
umm? lol :S
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amarandHobbyist Photographer
If I tell the computer "there? that, right there is white!" then it makes it vibrant, bright white. It also helps the other colors "fall into place." That's the "white point." :)
mis-match's avatar
oh how cool
can i do that?
gosh
its a blonde night tonight :)
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amarandHobbyist Photographer
Well, actually...if you buy a "gray card" you can do this thing called white balancing, where you take a picture of the card in the same light as your subject and then calibrate to that card. I do it all the time. The thing is...if you KNOW the snow is pure white, then it works pretty well as a white point. If you have a nice bright yellow sun, and it casts a yellow glow on the snow, your eyes will still see white snow, but the camera will capture the yellow-ness. It will make everything in your picture...the gray card, the white snow, anything in the snow...yellow. If you know the snow is white, and the gray card is pure grey, and you tell the COMPUTER that it's white...or gray...it can subtract that extra color from the whole image, and then ALL the other colors become more pure. Here's a great link on white-balance with picture comparisons with and without a gray-card being used: [link] and here's a link of the cards I use: [link] Cool, eh?
mis-match's avatar
thats awesome.. i saw something in digital image suite today.. it had a dropper and told me to pick the grey point.. and well i chose like blue and it looked demented
i get it now
woo :)
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amarandHobbyist Photographer
Yeah, and I -think- you can even choose "white" as grey...but my thought is that if it's expecting 20% gray, and you give it, say, white...that might fix your colors, but not your contrast?
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AnimalDave's avatar
Wow, beautiful colour in it, I love it! :)
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