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electric daisies

How can I avoid this when I take digital photos? How can I tone down that yellow? It didn't look like that in real life. I tried tweaking the colors to get them right, but the white is still too piercing and unmodulated, and that yellow!

I have just requested a bunch of books of various sorts that various LJ friends have recommended. This is fun.

Today between thunderstorms the healing angel, his buddy, and the buddy's younger brother took some wooden swords and bows out into the woods, and showed the jewelweed and other plants who was boss:

wooden swords
cutting down jewelweed
the warriors are brave;
the foe does not resist

This is jewelweed (not my pic)

I have about an hour left before I become a pumpkin...should I dust and pack away books? catch up on my editing? wash the dishes? try to work on my story? (I'm going to choose that anyway, but I'll do one of the others too. I want to have a log of my writing-related activities the way jmeadows does, but four days out of five there'd be nothing to report...)


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Jun. 30th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
I am running out of adjectives... haaaaaaaaaaaaalp!! your pictures are just superb! I think I am going to start inventing new words to describe them - afreshadjectiveachtime.

Oh! by the way... where's the yellow. Perhaps visible to you because you could see the real thing. To me it is yet another lovely lovely picture that has brought much joy early in the morning!

I have about an hour left before I become a pumpkin :)) That expression so reminds me of another friend. I have invited him to start his own blog on LJ, yet I find he is yet to start posting. A very interesting and well read person nuqta_e_nazar. I must nudge him some more. E-nudges are quicker, yet not as effective as the real "elbow-in-the-side" thing...and doing that across continents... difficult if not impossible.

I am waiting for your story... It sounds fascinating from the little description you left on wondernoon 's blog!
Jun. 30th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
The yellow is at the center of each white daisy, but you're right, it doesn't look so bad in this small format--when I had it large on my screen, it just way ***neon*** yellow, not at all like the real thing--just too intense. But small it's not so bad :-)

I hope you can get nuqta_e_nazar to post something--I will come and read!

My story... I am enjoying writing it but am very slow. But, I have a few friends on LJ who are very devoted writers, and they're an inspiration to me. Sometime I will do a friends-only post and summarize where the story has gotten to, so far. (It's going to be a fantasy novel.)
Jun. 30th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
I want to have a log of my writing-related activities the way jmeadows does, but four days out of five there'd be nothing to report...)

I know what you mean!

I just report irregularly and let everyone assume I actually was working inbetween...
Jun. 30th, 2006 06:48 am (UTC)
I didn't understand about the yellow until I saw the second picture.

If you are coughing..have basil leaves boiled in a little water, with a little honey added. Or add a pinch of pepper powder and a pinch of turmeric powder to a cup of very hot milk (sugar if liked) and sip it slowly. Both feel great and do good. Basil removes congestion. The second drink is excellent at healing sore throats which could bring on a cough.

Jun. 30th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
Both those drinks sound lovely, and since I love the smell and taste of basil, I will try the first forthwith! And I must try the second too-when you say pepper, do you mean black pepper or powdered red pepper?

As for the yellow in the photo, actually, I did mean the first photo, but the yellow hardly shows in it--it looked worse when it was larger!
Jun. 30th, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC)
ooh, no red pepper, its black pepper ...ground in the pepper mill, that I meant.

And..I meant water in which the basil has been boiled. These are traditional treatments for us. I have improved my daughter's blocked nose by asking her to inhale the smoking ashes of burning turmeric pieces; improved her chest phlegm by giving her the juice of betel leaves with honey....I always have thought of myself as an allopathic person, but now on reflection, it occurs to me how many home remedies I have used, and found effective!
Jun. 30th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can picture those brave warriors! Sometimes I miss my children being young.
Jun. 30th, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
I can imagine--the healing angel is five years younger than the next sibling up, and those three all cluster together in their teens... he's the only real "kid" left, and sometimes I think about adopting...
Jun. 30th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
Camera Settings
In terms of getting better color there are to things that pop in my head:
1 - See if your camera has a daylight setting
2 - Manually override the flash. even if your flash didn't go off, it might affect how it "grades" the light value.

I'd be happy to fidget around with it and see what can be done sometime.
Jun. 30th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Camera Settings
I'd love to have you take a look. Every time I photograph anything white, it comes out as a blob with no modulation at all. I think it's because the camera is compensating for the normally dreary light conditions, but in making the photo bright enough for everything else, it makes the white glaring.

Jul. 2nd, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
What heyes means by "light value" is what is called the white balance. But from your description, that's not your problem. You seem to have a problem with exposure.
First of all, welcome to the limitations of the digital camera compared to the human eye. The human eye/brain is capable of recording a greater range of light to dark. The technical term for this is dynamic range. At higher levels of brightness, the human eye reacts in a nonlinear manner. That is,the eye/brain system reacts decreasingly at the brighter portions of the image. Higher end digital cameras are capable of handling a greater dynamic range than low end ones.
What can you do to improve your image? You have to work within the limitations of the camera -- this is why a photograph is only a representation of reality and not a recording. I assume you have a compact camera and not an SLR camera. In that case, you have to first view the scene with your eyes and take your picture under the correct lighting conditions. Correct lighting conditions are soft lighting conditions -- without direct sunlight in the middle of the day. The two hours around sunrise and sunset are particularly good conditions for soft lighting conditions. Cloudy days are also good for soft, diffuse lighting conditions but will not give you enough contrast, so you have to play around on your computer to restore contrast after you have some experience doing so. Broad daylight in the afternoon is a harsh lighting condition and will never give you flattering pictures. You can't do a great job even with high-end cameras under those conditions.
Which brings us back to the definition of photography -- the art of drawing with light. Light is the most important technical aspect of taking good pictures and one of the most important creative aspects as well. While most people think taking good pictures is easy, great photographers are patient, understand light and their object of photography is light itself and they search for appropriate earthly subjects to illustrate it. Find a book of Galen Rowell's photographs to get an example. You do have a good eye because you were observant of the details of the picture and noticed what you exactly don't like...
Hi Asakiyume - I showed your photograph and question to my husband - who is an avid amateur photographer - really loves photography - he typed up the above comments to your question...

Jul. 2nd, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
thank you!
Dear Wondernoon and husband,

Thank you! This is such useful information--I have really been thrashing about in the dark. The thing about a digital camera is that it gives you the impression of ease (point and click, stick it on your computer, and voila!). But as soon as I began, I could see all sorts of limitations. The problem of light is one--the one that plagued me with this photo--and the problem (I'm not even sure what it's called) of wanting to take very deep closeups (for example, of a very tiny flower) or, conversely, wanting to take distant mountains and not having them turn out as just little blips on the horizon. I know that one can be corrected with a zoom lens, and Heyes has a camera that is somehow equipped to take great closeups--plus he has a very steady hand and, in his words, takes lots and lots of shots and is willing to discard the bad ones.

One of my daughters had a photography class involving real film and cameras in which you actually chose what light exposure you wanted. Then she got some practice developing on paper, too. A dying artform, maybe? But some of the variation that can come from how long you leave the paper in the chemical bath (if I'm saying this right--I'm speaking from what I remember of what she told me) can now be achieved by manipulating your digital image with the computer--and again, the range of things you can do depends on what programs you have. I have only some shareware called "Graphic Converter." I think Photoshop would let a person do more. But I don't really want to fiddle so much at that end. I want to get good at it on the picture-taking end.

I'll find a book by Galen Rowell. Thank you very much for your thoughts!
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