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Black-eyed Susans
Black-eyed Susans

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Challenge: Image Grain (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Home, OH
Date: Oct 21, 2005
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/2500
Galleries: Landscape, Floral
Date Uploaded: Oct 21, 2005

Checking out the garden before the snow flies. Found a little color among the withering flowers. Took the shot on a very cloudy day without tripod. Felt that the color and sharpness of the flowers were set off nicely by the soft, grainy, dreary and somewhat messy background.

In Photoshop:
auto adjusted levels;
layered copy for high pass;
brushed the flowers at 8.1%;
blended: soft light;
sized for web;
sharpened edges only;
saved for web

Place: 266 out of 274
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Avg (non-participants): 4.4028
Views since voting: 820
Views during voting: 266
Votes: 187
Comments: 5
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/28/2005 11:21:24 PM
Nice black-eyed susans. While there is grain in your background, the flowers themselves don't seem to have any. I wonder how this would look as a black and white with a bit more contrast and grain overall?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/28/2005 11:02:15 PM
This is a nice photo. And it leaves me wondering whether or not the grain really enhanced the image. To me, grain works best in photos that are dark, contrasty or moody, or to provide an "aged" look. This seems to me like a good image that had grain added to it for a contest, rather than an image that was enhanced by the use of grain. Keep shooting! :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/25/2005 10:49:49 AM
Grain is present in background, but not positively working.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/25/2005 01:05:49 AM
First of all, this shot has some good potential - the flowers are nicely in focus, and the diagonal line adds interest to the shot; where this photograph loses the viewer, however, is in the colour. The white balance is pretty significantly off - you definitely need to go warmer with this one if you're going to stay with colour; the vividness of the yellow colour against the gloom of the backdrop would be very effective if the yellow shade were corrected. Alternatively, this would look great in black and white. For this particular challenge, I'm not really seeing a lot of good grain - there is some colour noise that is more of a detriment than anything else in the greens - again, I would recommend colour correction or desaturation. In this case, the grain doesn't add to the mood, because it is not a true, all-over grain. I do like the composition/crop, however, and with a tish of sharpening this would be as clear as you could want. Colour work is really all this needs. Good luck!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/24/2005 08:30:20 AM
Where is the image grain?

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