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January 2017 - Close Up or Creative Crop.

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:14 am
by DaveW
Jfabiao indicates I have to set this months competition again. It is getting harder to come up with something new, but what about a close up of your plants, or even a cropped close up from an existing image? My pictures below do not count for the competition and are solely here as illustrations. You can produce close up's from your existing pictures by creative cropping in post processing, often giving an image a slight diagonal twist to enhance it, or an existing close up will do.

See how to:-

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000989.htm

http://photographingflowers.blogspot.co ... hotos.html

The original picture.
commodus.jpg
Cropped version
commodus2.jpg
Other similar crops
rutilans.jpg
rutilans2.jpg
mammulosus.jpg
Evidently this was a crop in camera, rotating the plant slightly since there are four stigmas showing, but only two in the picture of the plant.
mammulosus2.jpg

Re: January 2017 - Close Up or Creative Crop.

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:38 am
by Spro
Hope for more blooms this year

Re: January 2017 - Close Up or Creative Crop.

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:17 pm
by Jim_Mercer
A close up with a bit of a crop
web-0575.jpg
I suppose I could have made use of all those mega pixels to crop this picture taken further away but I suspect the results would only have been suitable for viewing on small screens
web-0578.jpg

Re: January 2017 - Close Up or Creative Crop.

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:26 pm
by DaveW
Should have said, don't forget to crop on a copy of your picture and keep the original uncropped one. Save the cropped version under another name.

Re: January 2017 - Close Up or Creative Crop.

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:30 pm
by Paul in Essex
Puya humilis flowers in my garden.
phumilis3.jpg
phumilis2.jpg

Re: January 2017 - Close Up or Creative Crop.

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:44 am
by Tony R
A couple of Tunilla circles:
tun1.jpg
tun2.jpg

Re: January 2017 - Close Up or Creative Crop.

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:43 pm
by daniel82
Interesting topic,
mlongiflora1.jpg
Promise of a new year
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aztekium ritterii1.jpg
Signs of life
aztekium ritterii1.jpg (90.36 KiB) Viewed 2205 times
2 year old aztekium seedling
mfraileana stigma.jpg
Prettiest stigma around
mfraileana stigma.jpg (97.5 KiB) Viewed 2205 times

Re: January 2017 - Close Up or Creative Crop.

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:12 am
by rodsmith
Here are a few that I took earlier:
Copiapoa hypogaea flower 3 July 2015.JPG
Copiapoa hypogaea
Faucaria tigrina flower 7 November 2016 (2).JPG
Faucaria tigrina
Gymnocalycium baldianum 1 2013 bud 3 July 2015.JPG
Gymnocalycium baldianum in bud
Gymnocalycium baldianum 1 2014 flower 10 July 2015 (2).JPG
Gymnocalycium baldianum in flower
Lobivia winteriana 27 June 2011 (1).jpg
Lobivia winteriana
Lobivia winteriana 27 June 2011 (2).jpg
Lobivia winteriana cropped
Notocactus leninghausii flower with hover fly 12 August 2015.JPG
Notocactus leninghausii with visitor
Notocactus ottonis v. vencluianus flowers 27 June 2015.JPG
Notocactus ottonis v. vencluianus
Turbinicarpus frailensis flower & buds 18 April 2015 (2).JPG
Turbinicarpus frailensis
Turbinicarpus sphacelatus flowers 10 June 2015.JPG
Turbinicarpus sphacelatus

Re: January 2017 - Close Up or Creative Crop.

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:41 pm
by Sheila
M-microhelia.jpg
M-microhelia.jpg (61.09 KiB) Viewed 1951 times

Re: January 2017 - Close Up or Creative Crop.

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:35 am
by DaveW
One of two good ones therefore it was hard to choose, but I give it to Rod for the Notocactus leninghausii with hoverfly therefore he can set February's competition.

DaveW