Decided to have some practice using flash lighting to take some close shots of a few flowers. Also decided to shoot in RAW, something I haven't bothered with much in the past. Partly when I was running Windozy XP they wouldn't show as thumbnails so I had no idea what each one was until it was loaded into one of the few image viewers capable of recognising a RAW file. The MacBook doesn't have those problems.
These have all been enhanced a little in the free beta version of Serif's Affinity Photo which is still being developed and continuously updated. What a difference when a RAW file is loaded. It loads into a different section of the program (they call the different sections personas). Here there are many tweaks for clarity, tonal values, etc.. I am still more than a little impressed at the speed of the program. All tweaks are seen instantly.
They were all saved as jpg with just a small 5% compression as RAW isn't recognised by Flickr and large PNG or TIF files take for ever with my slow upload speed. None of the files have been cropped. All are solo shots, no stacking this time.
The set up:
The first subject looked good initially until it was loaded in the laptop. The flower of the Globular Buddleia was a devil to get anything like in focus. It has few sharp edges to focus on:
Next came a Chives flower head which produced an additional surprise:
A small ant continuously crawling round the flower:
The head of a dwarf Bulrush which also had a small spider or mite which I only noticed when the photo was enlarged.
A small cactus. For this one I had to point the flash guns at the ceiling as the plant was so shiny. The yellow background was a marigold glove held behind the plant:
Lithops (Living Stone):
Finally - Bryophyllum - has many common names including Devil's Backbone:
It is unusual in that new plants grow round the edge of every leaf
complete with tiny roots. A mature plant can have a dozen or more
leaves each with over a dozen plantlets which drop off when ready and
start new plants:
That's the lot. You can let out that sigh of relief now.
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