May 13, Tabletop Flowers

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More messing with the D2x, the SB800, and late evening skies for a background. If I get the flash at just the right angle, I can "outline" a flower with white along one edge and black along the other, and give it a "pop" without resorting to photoshop tricks.

The biggest pain is dealing with CS2 not knowing what the "as shot" white balance is. Last night I processed some images in both CS2 and Capture, and I think CS2 did a much better job, particularly in details. Capture had an awful time dealing with the effect I mentioned - it tended to exaggerate the light and dark halos, no amount of fiddling could make it go away. And as before, I like CS2s rendition of "daylight" and "flash" a lot better than Capture - I can with one click get to where it takes 4 or 5 clicks and adjustments in Capture.

That said, the way the D2x handles color is different than the d100 I have, enough that I get occasional misses in my sky color when using foreground balanced flash, like in shots 3 and 4. Going to take some time. Fixable in photoshop, for certain, but I prefer "getting it right in the negative."

In the last two pansy shots - I'm usually incredibly bothered by the presence of pollen on a flower. But there's too much to spot out (I will sometimes spot out random grains of pollen on a "perfect" flower.) And something about the picture appeals. Or do you just see a dirty flower?

These are pretty much straight out of the camera, with a one click curve or levels adjustment.

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I second Gordon's post....those are good close-ups. The color is the second one is really nice.
 
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Very nice Ed. I haven't used CS2, but I have used a technique in NC that sometimes helps with halos and other 'problem' shots.

I reduce the contrast setting by as much as -3 on the Color Balance tool. This seems to help in some cases.
 

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