Saturday, March 10, 2007

First Signs of Spring




We're finally starting to see some blooms starting after a very strange winter. Here are various crocuses and a hellebore (the aptly named Lenten Rose). It was a sunny day, especially nice to do all the early spring pruning--the hollies, the hydrangea, both butterfly bushes, and all the roses.

2 comments:

Scott said...

Incidentally, I have been playing around with some advice I saw on the Popular Photography website, where they advise taking pictures in sharp daylight using a purposefully reduced exposure.

The theory is that in the bright light, your normal aperture settings will saturate out too much color. By setting a lower EV setting, you grab more of the color information from the photo. Then you return the brightness to normal in Photoshop later.

For these shots, I set my camera to EV -1.7 and took the photo. The resulting pictures were of course very dark. Then, in Photoshop, I adjusted the brightness and contrast ONLY by sliding the histogram levels around (midtone and highlights), and the resulting pictures are very nice. I did NOT adjust saturation for these pictures!

It's the first time those purple crocuses actually look purple and not lavender in my photos.

Sandi said...

Beautiful spring flowers. If we have any, they are still under at least 18" of snow. We have had aout 18" of snow melt in the last 2 or 3 days. Evidentally we had 36" of snow - not counting the drifts.

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