Thursday, May 25, 2006

You decide

I'm really trying hard to learn to see things from a different perspective. Today's photo is the result of one such exercise. This is the same clematis that was featured a few days ago as seen from underneath. My wife and I disagree on this photo. Bethany doesn't like it, I do. Do you like it?

Again, I purposely underexposed, in order to get the sky the right colour. I think the flower looks better underexposed too. Although I was very intentional in my composition when I took this picture, I cropped the edges off this photo to get it to a manageable aspect ratio.

I ended up making this image even darker than it was. I have noticed that I much prefer a photo that is dramatically underexposed. Regardless of the metering mode, the auto exposure on my camera regularly gives me an image that is too bright for my liking. I usually find myself manually changing the aperture and shutter speed. Even then, I sometimes decide to make a photo darker in Photoshop. Is that common?

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 6mm, f/6.3, 1/100 sec, ISO 50


Anonymous canadian_digital_rebel said...

Underexposure gives better color density and depth, I quite often find myself changing my photos to being slightly underexposed.

12:40 PM, May 25, 2006  
Blogger Laurie said...

I usually underexpose as well. In some cases I use a little fill flash, which might have helped here.

I do think this is a very good shot. I like this perspective. It makes me feel very tiny. Good detail too and the sky is lovely.

Maybe the blues clash a little, the shades don't match. That might be why Bethany doesn't care for it. If these were colors I was choosing to put together in a room or in my wardrobe, I wouldn't because I think the clash a bit. HTH

1:25 PM, May 25, 2006  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

I like this perspective a lot. I agree with Laurie about the colors. I tried to get a shot like this recently, but there were ants on the ground and I would have had to lie on the ground to this shot -- I decided not to. :-)

1:54 PM, May 25, 2006  
Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

looks great - nice shot timmy

2:56 PM, May 25, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

I think it's pretty cool. I've always been a fan of darker colours, and I also do like the perspective. But I could see how this might be something of an acquired taste.

4:33 PM, May 25, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

I think the darker (less exposure) tones work beautifully's a great shot!

5:56 PM, May 25, 2006  
Anonymous àsìkò said...

i am digging this shot, i really like this

1:00 AM, May 26, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

Like the shot man ; amazing job you have done here its all great to me.GREAT GREAT SHOT!

3:44 AM, May 26, 2006  
Anonymous faustina said...

beautiful photo. The angle and colors are amazing.

4:46 AM, May 26, 2006  
Anonymous Alice said...

I really like the perspective on this one, Tim. Great job.

7:05 AM, May 26, 2006  
Anonymous Joann said...

It's a great perspective, and the darker tones are super! I agree with what laurie said about the blues clashing. It's not bad really, just would have made a better image if the flower had been a different color. Something to watch for in the future perhaps.

1:04 PM, May 26, 2006  
Anonymous sil said...

I like it a lot. I usually underexpose too and then 'bring out' the photo in PS. Lovely shot indeed :)

1:38 PM, May 26, 2006  
Anonymous deji77 said...

Very interesting perspective.

2:01 PM, May 26, 2006  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely framing and nice polarised sky, love the blues!!

7:56 PM, May 26, 2006  
Anonymous Jeff said...

For what it's worth, on my monitor the colors do not clash. Instead it is more of a tone on tone image with two blues working together, one a bit darker than the other. It helps with the abstract nature of the photo. I like it quite a bit.

10:26 PM, May 26, 2006  
Anonymous Emré said...

Plants are natural architectures, and I think you captured it in a very good perspective. Clouds in the sky gives an abstract scale to this flower. Good exposure, well balanced.

10:30 AM, May 27, 2006  
Blogger Jill said...

Yes, I LOVE the underneath of flowers. Good vein shots. Next, try a lot closer in on the veins.

2:41 PM, May 29, 2006  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

This shot brings a wow to my lips. Ashot well done.

5:48 AM, May 30, 2006  
Anonymous Keith said...

It gets my vote as it is rather manacing and that flower is usually portrayed as bright and jolly. Very good alternative view.

6:36 PM, June 01, 2006  

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