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noticing the weeds/flowers along the road
during a bike ride last Sunday;
I drove back right after our ride
'a roadside bouquet'
(Be Still 52 Assignment: Week 5)
early morning, before work
summer sun streaming in thru patio door
north-facing, with a covered patio...
more light than I expected
I just needed a bit more height:
two tuna cans under each tripod leg
worked just fine.
I hung a black t-shirt from the chandelier
opposite the light source
to heighten the effect.
Subtle, but definitely noticeable
in the photos.
I tried various backdrops...
After reviewing the early morning shots
with the light quilt background
I realized that the white dandelions
needed more contrast.
Home for lunch on a mission:
arrange dark fabrics
the whole thing.
I should have listened
in the first place.
I also noticed
the different quality of light
in the early afternoon -
again, more noticeable
in the photos.
original photo SOOC
I purposely over-expose my shots
(+2 on my camera's Exposure Level Indicator)
because most of the data is located
on the right end,
giving me more digital 'stuff'
to play with in Lightroom.
David duChemin explains this
much more clearly in his book
"The more elasticity my digital negative has,
the greater chance that I can make
a gorgeous print
that expresses my vision."
I cropped (4x5),
started with Auto Tone
then adjusted Exposure and White Balance;
I experimented a lot with the Tone Curve
then several presets
before settling on Kim's
one layer of kk_simplemagic (Screen 64%)
with the blossoms masked off
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