Close Up at the Allotment!

I took these over at the allotment and have played around with them in Photoshop CS3.  The above and below image are the same but one seems to be clearer in the water highlight and the other not so much…I am having trouble deciding which one I like best!  Both were from the same image that has been cropped down and zoomed in on, made into a black and white image and then I have played around with the colour saturation and contrast.  I think that in the image below I have concentrated too much on the contrast and blown the white highlights but the above one havent played around with it enough…Something to work on and play around with!

I love this image, It shows a pool of water between the stem and leaves of a leek plant.  I converted this image from colour to black and white and upped the lighting.  converting an image from colour to black and white can reveal details that were lost when the image was colour.  I have cropped the image and blown it up, removed some parts that I felt were distracting and that is about it.  I am really happy with how this image looks.

This image is an extreme close up of droplets of water on one of the leek leaves.  The droplets in the foreground and background are a bit distorted but I don’t mind that.  I have pretty much done the same to this image as I have in the above one.  I decided not to sharpen this image as I liked the grainy feel to it.

This image is one of my favourites, I didn’t need to crop it as much as the others although I did convert it from colour to black and white.  i feel that with this image you can almost feel the texture of the dandelion clock.  I don’t think there is any improvement I would make to this image.

*Images taken with Pentax K2000 and edited with Photoshop CS3

Mushrooom!

While I was off I visited my parents and found this little guy in a pot of mint my Mum is growing!  This is the final edit that I am pretty happy with.  I edited the photo on Photoshop CS3 and cropped down one of the images below, zooming in on the mushroom so it became the main subject of the image.  I played around with the contrast and colours a bit and removed some bits that I found distracting before adding a vignette to the image.

I’m happy with this image as I have pushed myself with Photoshop, which I have no previous experience of really.  There are a few things I would still like to change, like getting rid of the bit that comes across the mushroom stalk, but I’m not sure how.  I think this will be something I come back to and re-edit as my skills grow with Photoshop!

This is the image after a few tweaks but without the vignette.  I liked this image but felt that I could draw the audience in further and add more interest to my subject by darkening the outside frame slightly.

And these are all the images I took before I edited them.  I am pretty pleased that my camera can handle such close up photography without a specialist Macro Lens on it.  I just used the Macro Setting on my camera and altered the aperture and shutter speed settings.

*Photos taken with Pentax K2000 DSLR and SMC Pentax-Dal 1:3.5-5.6 18-55mm AL lens (came with camera)