Weekly Photo Contest April 6 to 13: Flowers (aka....where is spring?)

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  1. mollyc, Apr 6, 2018
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    We are having the slowest start to spring here, and anyone who pays the slightest bit of attention to the POTD thread knows I have a "very small" affinity for flowers. :eek: :D So if spring won't happen outside, please help me find it here! Macro, grocery store bunch, a hillside of wildflowers. I don't care what kind, just bright happy colors!


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    The rules are as usual:

    · The photographs must be your own work.

    · Be creative and have fun.

    · You may only submit one photo per contest.

    · Please do not comment on photos until after the judging has taken place.

    · The contest runs for a week and starts now!

    · At the end of the week, The Judge (last week's Winner) will choose a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place photo, providing as much feedback as possible.

    · If the Judge is unable to complete the selection within 48 hours of the deadline for close, then a vote will be carried out to select a winner. This will be based on the number of "likes" each image has. In the event of a draw, the second place winner from the previous week will choose the tiebreaker.

    · The 1st place Winner will start a new thread with the topic/theme of their choice, and act as the Judge for that contest. (Winner has 48 hours to create new theme, after that it defers to 2nd place).

    · Please update the Weekly Contest Master List when you post a new contest

    Good luck everyone and looking forward to seeing what you can do with the theme.
     
  2. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    You are cruel...

    Where indeed IS Spring!?!?
     
  3. mollyc, Apr 6, 2018
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    mollyc thread starter macrumors 68000

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    We might have snowflakes tomorrow. And maybe Monday. If you can't find me, it's because I've dug a hole and died in it. I live in freaking Virginia! Not Montana!
     
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    Ha ha ha we had a "White Easter"! that shouldnt even be a thing!
     
  5. Alexander.Of.Oz, Apr 6, 2018
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    I got back into the botanic gardens in town with one of the Mindful Photography group on Monday, but the idea I had for an image couldn't be accomplished. I didn't have the ability to bring along my own telephoto lens to be able to get a close up of one of the Amazonian Waterlilies, so I'll go with this one, as it was the only other flower image I took this week.

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    Damnit! first entry and already game over for me!
     
  7. Hughmac macrumors demi-god

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    Same here mate. We should make the big guns wait until the last day before they submit :cool:
    (only joking, Alex).

    I will however still be taking part ;)

    Cheers :)

    Hugh
     
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    Nice shot :)
     
  9. Bigtree macrumors 6502

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    You need to make us name (botanical) the other guys flower.
     
  10. Alexander.Of.Oz macrumors 68030

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    Okay, have withdrawn it, and put a placeholder up till I get into the botanic gardens on Monday, to see what I can come up with.
     
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    It's definitely not in New York.
     
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    Not many in my collection but thought this one will do justice.
     
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    Yeah. Don't you hate it when someone else's place holder is better than your best.
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    I disagree. I don't want to get my hopes up just to have them shattered at the last minute.
     
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    So sorry, I was only joking !!
    Please put the original submission back up, and forgive the misplaced sense of humour.

    Cheers :)

    Hugh
     
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    Just buy your Mrs some flowers from the garage!
     
  17. Alexander.Of.Oz macrumors 68030

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    It's all good, Hugh. No offence was taken at all.

    I'd like to try and take something each week for this challenge, if I can manage it and as it is, I have the opportunity to do so this week. I already have an idea of what I want to explore in regards of flowers at the botanic gardens in the city. :cool:
     
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    There is no spring, no flowers. Just yesterday it snowed like the winter was just beginning. It doesn’t matter though, because I get to shoot dancers, all day, every day. It’s not a winner, it’s hardly even a flower shot. I just thought you all should see those eyes.

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  20. Alexander.Of.Oz macrumors 68030

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    According to the third rule "thou shalt not comment on an others entry until the judgement has been passed"

    Does this include any technical questions about a shot? o_O

    I'll ask anyway and remove it if it needs to be.

    @Robotti Mikko, can I ask what ISO this was taken at and why you were underexposing by 1 2/3 stops? I'm assuming it was an accidentally dialled in setting. I was surprised that a shot from a D750 would be so noisy, even in low light and when I saw the exif data, it explained that it's possibly cause you had to open things up in PP due to the severe underexposure. I'm just curious about it. :)
     
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    This photo is at ISO 12800.

    I always underexpose by at least one stop in competitions and shows. There are several reasons. First and foremost, the D750 copes much, much better with low light than over-exposing. Blue and red spot lights on the face will destroy the image 100%, if I expose for the white halogens. D750 sensor is pretty much iso-invariant, so it essentially makes no difference if I underexpose and bring it back, as long as I don't do it more than 3 stops and stay well under the maximum native ISO. Which, obviously, I didn't do :).

    On the other hand, I have to be at 1/250 or even faster for ballet and contemporary. And depending on the lighting setup, there simply may not be enough light to expose correctly, unless there's a spotlight for the dancer.

    Which is why I decided to purchase the D750, which, after very careful investigation, seemed to have the most iso-invariant sensor on the market at the time. In the studio, I still stay at ISO 100 and expose correctly, because it's just good practice.

    This photo kind of an extreme example, because it's cropped a lot, so there's more noise than usually.
     
  22. Alexander.Of.Oz macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for that thorough explanation, Mikko! Now I understand the underexposure being applied. That's about the same level of noise that I get from the 6D at ISO 12,800 too. I have one shot taken at ISO 25,600 that actually has minimal noise to it, taken in the nocturnal house at the local zoo of a bat, it's the only one above ISO 6,400 that I've ever kept!

    Photography of performance under theatrical lighting is a huge challenge, due to its changeability and low light conditions. I get to do it for one of our boys as he's involved in a lot of theatre and stand-up comedy.

    Thanks again for the explanation. :)
     
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    I'll help make up the numbers...didn't even know I had a photo of a flower to be honest. :D

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