03/12/11 - Bradford Pear Surrounded By Forsythia
I took quite a few more flower pics early in the day yesterday but weren't very happy with them. It was sunnier. I took a similar shot to this one, but despite being in manual mode and slightly underexposing, the whites were still too bright. I had the shot from yesterday and this shot from Thursday up side-by-side and liking the composition and general color decided to work on the background color of this shot to brighten it and make it more saturated. I pulled the flowers and leaves out to a new layer and then used PSE Color Variations to lighten, remove green, and then adjust color curves. I like it better now. The only thing lost from yesterday's shot is no sunlight through the leaves themselves. I was lucky on this shot, the laso or quick select tool did a good job. When that tool works as expected, it's a great help. I also did a Picasa Lucky adjust at the very end which had the effect of darkening the shadows a tad. If nothing else, trying an auto adjust gives me a good idea of what to try to adjust manually assuming I like what it did. If I try out the auto fix on a shot and it makes little/no changes, I figure I got the exposure pretty close. If not, I can decide to go with what it does or attempt similar changes manually.
Yesterday's sunnier shot:
Thanks for your feedback on the pink camellia shot. I did take quite a few more shots of pink blooms yesterday too.
We're marching in the Raleigh St. Patrick's Day parade at noon today. Weather should be reasonable, and it should be fun!