Saturday, April 15, 2006

Try, try, try again...

I've gone out into my backyard to photograph this hyacinth four times. Each time I go, I take about six shots. A few times, I have come close to capturing this flower the way I had originally envisioned it. However, I've never been satisfied with the final result.

Although I did try a few different ideas, my original design was to include only a portion of the flower. After trying a couple of wider angle shots, I decided that my original vision was best. My last trip to the backyard brought this image. I cropped it as a square (never done that before) in order to exclude all things that were unimportant to the composition. It's a good thing I did finally get a photo that I was satisfied with, because I noticed this afternoon that today's heavy rain beat the crap out of the plant.

By the way, is there any way to check the camera settings for a picture after it has been imported onto the hard drive? I would like to be able to post the shutter speeds, etc., but I always forget to check them on the camera before I delete the picture from my memory card.


Blogger Jill said...

I hear you about the multiple times. Practice, practice, etc. That's what I do all the time. Still not happy with most of what I shoot.

You got it right this time!!

9:23 PM, April 15, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Beautiful shot Tim! The colour is beautiful and soft.

Most JPG viewers have an option to view the image info (Also known as EXIF data) which will provide you with the camera make, shutter sheed, ISO etc. Check your "file" and "tool" menus on the software you use.

9:52 PM, April 15, 2006  
Blogger Laurie said...

This is lovely. I'm glad you got it before thee rain ruined them.

I know the frustration, but as you go along I am sure that you will be able to "read" the lcd viewer on the camera better, which will help a lot. I have learned to interpret mine much better in the last few weeks. I still get lots of duds, but I am also getting more usable shots now as well.

The software that came with my camera shows the EXIF data, but I don't use that software except to look at the data. Picasa, which is what I use to post to Blogger, shows some EXIF data, just fstops, shutter speed, iso, focal legnth, histogram, and camera model, the camera software shows a lot more data. I usually view pics with picture fax viewer and it doesn't show the data. I can't find it in my old version of PS6, then again I can't find much of anything in it yet, but I'm trying.

10:29 PM, April 15, 2006  
Anonymous Jeff said...

I use software I found online for the EXIF data if I delete my pictures from my camera. It's called "PIE" (which stands for Picture Information Extractor). It can be found at

11:24 PM, April 15, 2006  
Anonymous Still said...

Yes, it necessary to try again and again and again... But a lot of your shots are superb. This one...

12:19 AM, April 16, 2006  
Anonymous sil said...

Nice capture. I like the square format too. :)

12:36 AM, April 16, 2006  
Blogger Peter Schmidt said...

hey, thanks for your comment at my photoblog (! You've some nice photos here, but sometimes, I think, you use too much Photoshop!

heck the camera settings for a picture after it has been imported onto the hard drive? -> It's called EXIF-Data. Why do you don't use a blogsystem like Pixelpost or something like that? There you have this datas for every entry.

2:15 AM, April 16, 2006  
Anonymous Joann said...

This is a beautiful image! Don't be discouraged by the repetition. Even the best photographer has to take at least a few photos to get exactly what they want. I find that very often I like best a shot I didn't intend to take when I started out. Experiment and have fun with it!

If you are using Photoshop CS2 (and I think it works this way in CS too), while you have the photo open go to File>File info... That opens a dialog window. Click on "Camera Data 1" on the left side, and your EXIF data from the camera should display.

4:02 AM, April 16, 2006  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Hey Tim, saw you through Dave's blog, beautiful colours on this photo + I feel like I can reach out and touch it, well done :)

4:03 AM, April 16, 2006  
Anonymous Sinem said...

Square format works for me. That's a hyacinth, isn't it. They smell lovely and look beautiful. Great capture.

4:43 AM, April 16, 2006  
Blogger Dustin said...

Tanks for visiting my blog Tim. You have a great blog too. I love the colours from your photos. This one is stunning!!!

5:28 AM, April 16, 2006  
Blogger Wolf said...

Beautiful color in this shot, well done!

9:26 AM, April 16, 2006  
Anonymous Lord Vader said...

Lovely shot. Well you just have to keep on trying intil you get what you want. In this case I feel you did a very good job.

Your query on getting the EXIF data I see has been answered in triplicate above :)


9:33 AM, April 16, 2006  
Blogger Ash said...

Gorgeous color!

Thanks for visiting my blog..

10:06 AM, April 16, 2006  
Blogger "K" Fingerett said...

Great picture! I had some of those once- but I believe they were pink... But the one you have here is really pretty :)

Thanks for sharing!


10:54 AM, April 16, 2006  
Anonymous Emr√© said...

Good shot, nice DoF. Looking forward to see the exif info on your photographs :-)

11:39 AM, April 16, 2006  
Anonymous Alice said...

Very nice. Nice sharp focus.

5:57 AM, April 19, 2006  

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