FOTD – May 15- Mother’s Day Bouquet

Usually it’s Garry who brings me my Mother’s Day bouquet, but today it was Owen’s turn. It’s actually two smaller bouquets. It’s hard to get exactly what you want the day before Mother’s Day. He was in the store today and he said he was glad he went yesterday, because there was nothing left at all.

Not to be outdone by giving me two bouquets, he also picked up a brand new wheelchair for me at the flea market. It’s very light, small, and will more or less fit in the trunk of our car. I don’t need it all the time — not by any means — but sometimes, it gets me there a lot faster with someone pushing than with me limping slowly down those endless hallways. I’m a very slow walker. The worst are the endless hospital corridors.

These pictures were all taken using my miniature Pentax camera with its telephoto lens — in manual mode. The nature of this camera is that although it has autofocus, its design means that anything you can see on the screen seems to already BE in focus. Putting it in Auto? Everything comes out too bright, especially reds, yellows, and white. I tried other settings, but indoors in low light — and it’s always low light in this house — manual is best. This is NOT true outside where the camera has a tendency to run a bit hot. I need a filter for it to cut down the burning out of bright-light colors.

I wanted to show you what the pictures looked like right out of the camera and what it looked like after increasing its exposure and denoising it.

Most people would think the photo didn’t come out, but I know from experience that it’s fine

So this year, my son got me two bouquets, a wheelchair, and installed a new A/C unit in the dining room — a 12,000 BTU unit that should cool the dining room, kitchen and living room. It’s very compact and took maybe half and hour to install, including setting it up and making sure I could also plug in my ring light (for the podcast) and my other light (for photographs on the tabletop).

A good Mother’s Day, though getting a wheelchair was a bit of a surprise. At least it wasn’t a new broom.

I am not sure why this magic works on this camera and this lens. It’s something about the size and compactness of the camera, but I can do some magical things with it that I can’t seem to do with any of my other cameras. These require a denoise filter. Lightening them greatly increases the noise. Lucky for me, the Topaz AI Denoise filter is super effective.

This is not the sharpest camera I own, but it is different. Unique.

Categories: #Flowers, #FOTD, #gallery, #Photography, Cee's Photo Challenge, Flower of the day

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21 replies

  1. How beautiful, Marilyn! And how thoughtful of Owen (I giggled at the “at least it wasn’t a broom” line). Happy belated Mother’s Day! 💐


  2. Beautiful bouquet 😀 😀


  3. lovely gifts from your son and you are so skilled with photography


    • Everything I did was easy. The filter is just “click and wait.” Denoising is pretty fast — unlike the sharpness filter during which can take longer. But I don’t have to sit in front of the computer and watch it work. I can put the laptop on its table and let the filter do its thing while I do something else — if it’s a complicated picture with a lot of pieces. It does a great job, but it can be slow.

      Usually, noise is more the problem and that depends on the lens, camera and light. You don’t have to guess. Just look at it on the computer screen. You can see what it needs. If it looks fuzzy, spotty or jagged — it’s noise. If there are no edges, it’s sharpness. Sometimes, you need a bit of both, but mostly, if you’ve got a good camera and a decent lense, noise is more likely.

      As for the brightness? There are at least three different exposure sliders in Photoshop: the “Exposure” slider, the “Brightness/Contrast” slider, and the “Camera Raw” filter. There are more, but three is plenty. I’m not looking to complicate the process. You do have to adjust brightness first. You need to be able to actually SEE the picture 😀

      None of these pictures took more than three or four minutes to “fix” and that includes reducing the size, cropping, signing and saving it. Once you know how, it’s easy.

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  4. I wish were as camera savvy as you, Marilyn…


    • It really isn’t all that hard. Honest. You need the right tools and a good camera. After that, if your eyes work, it’s point and shoot, stick the card in the little card reading thing and decide what you want to do with the picture. Sometimes, if everything is working for you, you don’t need to do much of anything except maybe crop it and make it smaller so it doesn’t use up too much space in WordPress.

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      • I’m glad you find it easy, Marilyn. I find most cameras far too complicated…


        • Any camera can be set to Automatic, even expensive fancy ones.

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          • Yes, but experts like yourself don’t do that all the time… I would love to learn the really clever stuff…


            • Actually, I use iAuto a lot of the time. I know how to use the other settings because I learned on equipment that was pre-electronic, but I rarely use them anymore. For a lot of things, the automatic settings in the camera are more accurate than my aging eyes. And I know I’m not alone. I have a few friend with cameras so expensive, the lens alone cost more than our car — and they use automatic settings too.

              A lot of the settings in the menu on a camera are not really useful. There are a few I use because I know what they do, but many of them don’t even make sense to me. I have no idea how to use them and I have never been able to convince myself to spend the time learning them. I frequently think the developers who design those menus never actually take any pictures. They keep adding more and more complexity — and yet some of the world’s best photography was done on cameras that had NO electronic settings — not even a light meter.

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  5. Glad your mothers day was great Marilyn!
    Your bouquets are beautiful!

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  6. What a thoughtful son you have Marilyn. Beautiful flowers.

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