Will I Ever Take a Good Picture?

My journey trying to take good photos.

The quest for a good image of Queen Anne’s Lace

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When I see Queen Anne’s Lace I have to take a picture. Most of the time I don’t keep them because I’m not happy with the way they came out. I blogged about this flower in my  Is it the same plant or not? post.

There was a nice flower in the yard and the other day I again tried to capture a good image. Here is my best one (edited in Lightroom).

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It is OK but it doesn’t look right to me. Maybe not sharp enough? I am not quite sure. So I changed it to B&W in LR.

ImageI like it but the white of the flower still doesn’t look right to me.

I think the B&W image is the best so I went into NIK Color Efex Pro and went with the Contrast only filter and ended up with this.

ImageThis seems to have a bit more pop to it but I miss the green of the stems. So off to Photoshop. I opened this image along with the original images as layers and then set the blend mode to color and this is the result.

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I think that is a keeper! Reading thru this post you might think that I actually just did these steps. Oh no. I worked on this image over a weeks time and did at least 30 attempts at coming up with an image I liked. What I talked to here is just the process I did to end up with the image I finally liked.

I found a great book about photography at the library. Complete Digital Photography by Ben Long. It isn’t a book your going to read in a few days since it is almost 600 pages but it does cover a lot. I am about three quarters of the way through and have learned a lot. Some of it has been new (how a digital sensor works), some review (exposure), and some clarification (how to use levels in Photoshop). I highly recommend this book. The newer you are to photography the more you will get out of it. I started taking pictures back in the 70’s, took a few decades off and I still got a lot out of it.

Leave a note with what you think of my final image.

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One thought on “The quest for a good image of Queen Anne’s Lace

  1. I could really see the differences in this picture & I liked your final one the best. I’m a fan of Queen Anne’s Lace, it is one of the showiest wild flowers. Great!!

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