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Snapshot Meme: My Husband’s Dandelion Photos

Posted on: May 17, 2013

Saturday Snapshot invites bloggers to share photos. For this entry, I’m posting photos from my husband.

For all the years I have known him, my husband has enjoyed photography. Moreover, he better understands the camera parts and concepts such as lighting better than me. Thus, I felt delighted to give him a digital camera of his choice for a recent birthday and to see him renew his interest in taking pictures.

After receiving his new camera, my husband next placed books about editing photos on his wish list. I believe that he received all of them for Christmas. Although he tells me that his current idea didn’t come from those books, just reading them has prompted him to think more about photography which has led to conversations about the type of photos he wants to take.

Recently, on Facebook, he posted these three goals: “To carry my camera with me more often, to make more of an effort to see the beauty around me, and to learn the ins and outs of Adobe Lightroom (and to use it for good, not evil).”

He also posted these two photos with these comments:

dandlelionONE

Original dandelion photo. The image has lost its warm sunset glow, thanks to the camera-selected white balance.

dandelionTWO

New and improved (I hope) dandelion photo. I’ve restored the sunset glow, cropped the image slightly, performed some noise reduction, etc. Better, I think.

13 Responses to "Snapshot Meme: My Husband’s Dandelion Photos"

It looks like a sprite flying, great shot.

Thanks everyone for commenting on my husband’s photos! I’m so proud of him and his creative talents.

Dandy shots!! Love the app to make them even better♫ My SS: http://lauriekazmierczak.com/rockie-rollers-ride-again/

Thank you to everyone who complimented my photo — and digital processing of same.

As I’ve said, I recommend Adobe Lightroom for organization and digital processing. And for anyone whose interest in photography extends beyond casual snapshots, I highly recommend shooting in the raw image format. All the time. And if your camera doesn’t support the raw image format, get one that does. JPEGs severely limit the amount of digital tweaking you can do.

It’s amazing what you can do with photo editors — great picture and great job editing!

Here is my SATURDAY SNAPSHOT post.

Thanks. I wasn’t really sure if it was worth posting, because really I didn’t do all that much with it — the changes were fairly minor. And yet, I felt like they had a significant impact. When I look at the original, I’m bored. When I look at the edited version, I feel happy. Tt makes me think of a warm spring evening, which of course it was.

So I guess another way of looking at it is that it’s amazing how easy it is for our cameras to fail to capture a scene’s beauty. But as good as modern cameras are, they’re just not as good as the human eye. And so, often the resulting photos need a little nudge in the right direction.

I love these! I’ve been known to take a few photos of them too!

It’s amazing what can be done with photos digitally. I should set myself a goal to learn to use some sort of editing software. Thanks for the nudge!

I highly recommend Adobe Lightroom. Not only is it a digital darkroom, but it’s also a powerful organizational tool. Download your photos, flag those you want to keep and those you want to discard, tag the keepers with keywords, etc. You’ll always be able to find the photo you’re looking for.

That’s clever capturing ia dandelion clock at the moment the seeds blow away. My Snapshot is at http://goo.gl/vsILU

I didn’t notice before, but it does look like some of the seeds are blowing away, doesn’t it? But I think those seeds are actually affixed to other dandelions. It’s hard to tell, since everything other than that one particular dandelion is out of focus. But I’m pretty sure there wasn’t any wind when I took the photo. I do like the idea, though. Next time I find some backlit dandelions, I’ll set my camera to 12-fps and hold the shutter down while Allison blows on the seeds from out of frame. 😉

Amazing!

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing it!

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