Photo: Real Beauty

Real Beauty
An arrangement of beautiful pink flowers and green fern leaves with perfect lighting. All synthetic, of course. But whose to say that makes them less valuable? They sure last longer, for one thing.

Editing involved adding contrast and burning the edges. It was hard to keep the colors in gamut as these are hard to print, but I solved it by toning them down and then selectively re-adding saturation where it would turn out best.

Canon Rebel XTi, EF 50mm 1:1.4, 1/80, F2.8, 50mm, ISO400, 2008-07-12T10:24:02-04, 20080712-142402rxt

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Please credit me as Richard Thripp.

16 thoughts on “Photo: Real Beauty

  1. Hey, That is quite a photograph. I like the depth. It shows dark and light in the same picture but on different depth levels.



  2. Thanks for the crash course! I have very little experience with photography, and honestly navigating here makes me want to consider it as a new hobby… Sorting out the when and how!

  3. Good job with the tweaking, it looks real pro!

    If you hadn’t given it away I would have thought they were real!

    You say you burned off the edges, but if you don’t mind my saying the flowers are a bit off-center (goes off to the left). I don’t have the keenest eye so this might be totally irrelevant but I thought I’d give my 2 cents (you’ll be annoyed with that soon :))

    1. Thanks Charles! The flowers are off-center because I didn’t crop and I didn’t center them right when taking the photos. Burning means darkening, whereas cropping means cutting off a portion of the photo.

      Burning is an old term from the film darkroom, where you would expose a negative onto light sensitive paper with a lamp. Most photographers would block the center of the lamp for a few seconds with their fingers or cardboard, so the edges would be exposed longer. In that case, you would say that the center is dodged (under-exposed), or the corners are burned (over-exposed).

  4. Its pretty horrible what they are doing to the area.. It will all be cement soon.

  5. An absolute fanatic about anything having to do with the beach, I stumbled upon your site here. Your photography is captivating! I wish you the best with all of it.

  6. We are photographers from South Carolina and stayed in Ormond Beach on the way to a shoot in southern Fla. There was a place to eat just outside of town, I had my first gator bites. Good luck with your site.

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