Thursday, June 29, 2006


I couldn't get the composition I wanted. This fun looking daisy was growing in Bethany's garden and I desperately wanted to take its picture, but my equipment wouldn't cooperate. It's a long list of complaints, but basically my tripod is too tall and my macro setting has too wide of an angle.

I took a few photos of the daisy anyway, searching for a creative way of presenting this flower. None of the results were very appealing, but I kept them anyway, hoping CS2 would come to the rescue. I've been trying to avoid major Photoshopping, but for some reason this seems forgivable because it could be done in any of the free software that is available these days.

The blur was added because I couldn't get close enough to the flower with my tripod, resulting in a rather low-res crop. The blur covers up the low quality a bit, and hey, it looks nice too. I guess the point of this and yesterday's post is that although conditions may not always be great, you can use the flaws to your advantage. When life gives you lemons...

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 6mm, f/6.3, 1/25 sec, ISO 50


Blogger Laurie said...

I actually like the softfocus. It gives it a dreamy feel.

12:21 PM, June 29, 2006  
Blogger Ali said...

The result is very pleasing to the eyes. Not including the whole flower also looks good. Overall a great shot I say.

BTW: I really want to know... What is your famour Uncle Robert famous for???

12:25 PM, June 29, 2006  
Blogger Pya said...

I opened your page this morning, saw this picture and it felt dreamy. loving the hazy effect. This is a very interesting flower and i don't think a clear shot would hve done as much justice as this. Your CS2 does have a nice intiution.:) and a great trust in your processing skills too!

12:39 PM, June 29, 2006  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Beautiful processing on this. Lovely shot.

2:59 PM, June 29, 2006  
Blogger Nicola said...

Nice effect! Never heard that saying before... What is the full sentence? When life gives you lemons, make lemonade??

3:32 PM, June 29, 2006  
Anonymous pixibition said...

lovely soft glow in this shot...i like the way u frame it...beautiful:-) btw u have really good memory about my photos, my last post is a new shot, but look similar and same processing as my bw star magnolia :-))

5:05 PM, June 29, 2006  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Well... let's see. Do you have manual focus available in macro? Kind of looks like uncooperative auto-focus. My digital lacks manual focus and I often end up with shots like this. I look forward to acquiring my Minolta/Sony Maxxum Digital SLR for that very reason. In the meantime, I rely on my film cameras for this stuff.

Fabulous color, and those who comment on the soft focus are right, it looks good.

7:10 PM, June 29, 2006  
Blogger H.O said...

I like this softfocus.Nice picture!!

7:42 PM, June 29, 2006  
Blogger "K" Fingerett said...

I think its pretty ^_^ I like it alot- nice one, Timmy.


9:17 PM, June 29, 2006  
Anonymous Veloran said...

The soft focus could work, but it seems as if something is missing from this picture... I think it's the lack of a good focal point. Since you've used soft focus, I think this has to be achieved through lighting. Right now your lighting shows the left three petals as the main focus, but this feels rather awkward with the other two being left out. It doesn't help that the light green bits in the background are so nearby. If you could get the strongest lighting on the middle of the flower I think this could be a better shot. Good attempt though.

9:17 PM, June 29, 2006  
Blogger Don said...

Inventive and appropriate title. I like it. Nice job of making the picture worthwhile regardless of the circumstances.

9:21 PM, June 29, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

This works very well. I've always admired resourcefulness. Nice job!

10:17 PM, June 29, 2006  
Anonymous sil said...

I truly love this picture! You did a great job here. :)

11:42 PM, June 29, 2006  
Anonymous Jide Alakija said...

Hey! What's wrong with lemons?

Seems like you rescued it well. Not sure what the original must have looked like.

1:31 AM, June 30, 2006  
Anonymous Suby said...

love the soft focus, it nicely rescues the shot and lifts it up. good one

2:59 AM, June 30, 2006  
Anonymous Emr√© said...

I think I prefer this photo this way, because we always see crisp and clean shots of flowers. This one has a different touch, and I like the softglow, too. Nice composition with the petals. :-)

3:16 AM, June 30, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

Dude, your best shot ever. (You might be surprised eh?)
This is the most unique and mybe the best flower shot ever seen by me, I love it, the feel to it overall is fantastic, very well done, you sure do deserve a DSLR more than anyone.

4:39 AM, June 30, 2006  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Very dreamy, the soft focus works well!

10:56 AM, June 30, 2006  
Anonymous shooter said...

I also love this shot, a picture needs to stir something within the viewer to be a hit, this does just that, lovely image my friend...

2:59 AM, July 02, 2006  
Anonymous MrC said...

very very nicely done! ;) ... i like! lots

6:10 AM, July 02, 2006  
Blogger Jasp said...

Neat recovery, I agree with Laurie.

1:12 PM, July 02, 2006  
Anonymous jlc said...

i love this cut flower

have a nice day ;)

9:50 AM, July 06, 2006  
Anonymous Martin said...

Wow very nice. Love the soft focus, love the fact that the flower is only partially showing and positioned into the bottom right-hand corner. Strong composition.

Read with interest your comments about photoshop. I also of course try and get the best photo I can just with the camera, I don't want to rely on PS to fix a badly taken photo. But all that said, I love using PS to alter / manipulate a photo. For me its all about making the best image possible - and if that means spending hours photoshopping a photo then so be it. I really don't like the way some purist-photographers look down on any use of PS in a shot.

Anyway enough ranting, once again, great photo !

1:10 AM, July 07, 2006  

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