Flora & Fauna

Photography Post

1. Inside the Benson Building Greenhouse May 6th,2011 about 1:30. I set my aperture  to 3/5, shutter to 1/250 and ISO of 160.  I love how the variations in color compliment each other with warm orange chutes, cool green leaves and pink petals.  I still want to practice cut outs and think this an nice image to practice with.

2. The afternoon on May 6th I visited the Benson Building where I found a couple of greenhouses.  My Digital Camera was a Sony DCS-H20.  With a Landscape setting, I adjusted my shutter to be 1/10 with an aperture of 4.0.  The ISO was set to 80. I also changed the Brightness levels instead of using a flash.

3.  This was taken May 6th at 1:20.  I used an aperture of 3/5 and shutter speed of 1/250.  ISO was programmed to 250.

4.  I took several shots of this bird because he had a fun personality.  I used f/3.5 as my aperture and the shutter was quick at 1/400.  I took this picture around 2 pm Friday the 6th of May on campus.

Editing Post

1.  Ladybug:  First I Unsharpened the mask under the Filter menu. I used black paint on the leaf and ladybug to make them my focal point.  I wanted the background blurry and the focal point to be bright without looking too saturated or fake.  So I made the Hue +6,  Saturation -1 and Lightness -11.  Initially I made a thin black edge with Gaussian Blur, but changed it to have a thicker radius at 107.9 pixels.

2.  I took the picture on  5/6/11 in a Green house on campus.  Settings were f/4.0, shutter at 1/250, ISO of 200 and Exposure Compensation was set to 0.  I thought I wanted to make the background dark and have the bird bright. However, I chose to increase Hues and Saturation but keep the background a medium shade.  I made the parrot take up more of the image and took the lower window out of the image.  Also, I used the crop tool to make a black border and after a couple tries understood how to make my text more spaced with the Kerning tool.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. David Landeen
    May 10, 2011 @ 16:26:20

    The adjustment layers that you applied to these pictures work really well. In the ladybug picture the ladybug stands out way more in the one that was edited. The colors contrast more and it looks really good. I also like the vignette that you applied to it. The parrot picture looks way better after you edited it. I love that you pulled out the greens and gave some color to the background. Good work.


  2. Sarah Brown
    May 10, 2011 @ 21:26:19

    I love your ladybug edit. The burned edges give it a cool feel and helps draw in the focus. The saturation adjustments also looks really good. The Gaussian blur makes it feel like the leaf is closer because it pushes the background back.


  3. lisalangi
    May 11, 2011 @ 01:23:30

    Good Job Julie! I love the image of the first flower. The colors are pretty how they blend on the petals. I also like the touch of the lady bug on the wet leaf, and how you edited it and made it more of a focal point. The colors of the parrot remind me of watermelon! I like how you got the shot of the parrot looking at you. Looks good!


  4. carriecox
    May 11, 2011 @ 03:26:28

    I love the vignette on the ladybug picture. I got a picture of a ladybug at the greenhouse too. 🙂 Fun picture of the bird. It looks like you masked out part of it to show some color.


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