Tiny Visitors

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Tiny Visitors

Glenn Theal September 19, 2001

Gorgeous photo, Guy!

I love this.


Glenn Theal September 19, 2001

I forgot to mention something.

Unfortunately, I do not care for the ants that are in the image. I think that they take away from the atmosphere. If they were larger or if there were more of them, it would be a different story.

Glenn #1214

Guy D. Biechele level-classic September 20, 2001

Thank you for your comments. I understand your viewpoint, however, it is the shadow of the ant on the upper petal that "makes" this photo for me.

Best Regards,
Guy #1218

Colleen M. Walsh September 22, 2001

I love this photo and love the ants. Thanks for pointing out the shadow. That really makes it for me too. Would love to know what film type this is and if you manipulated in photoshop. It almost looks like a painting and the colors are so vivid. I love it.

Colleen #1260

Guy D. Biechele level-classic September 22, 2001

Colleen, thanks for the kind words. This photo was taken with a Nikon Coolpix digital camera in macro mode. The adjustments in PhotoShop included adjusting the levels, unsharp mask, and a small increase in the overall saturation levels. +Guy #1262

Colleen M. Walsh September 22, 2001

Guy, Thanks for your response. I recently bought the Canon Powershot G1 digital. Did a ton of reasearch and the Coolpix was neck and neck with the Canon. Since I favor Canon's I went with that one. Some of my shots submitted here have been with the digital and I love it. I use photoshop to finalize my photos as well. Couldn't live without that software. I'll submit a before and after of some touch ups that I do for models.

Thanks again. I'll have to go try my macro features on my G1 now!

Colleen #1267

Laura Johnson October 05, 2001

Hi all. Could I make a few comments. Firstly, I love this site. It has really helped me with my shots. I also love the shot. The colors, as Coleen said are vivid and enticing. However, could I get your feelings on using graphics packages to 'fix' photos. To me it seems like sacrilege? I have realised that lots of photographers do this. #1449

Guy D. Biechele level-classic October 08, 2001

Thank you for the comments. I think that using graphics programs to "fix" photos is entirely appropriate, no matter what the goal of one's photography is. If you are trying to portray a scene as realistically as possible, no film or digital camera that I am aware of reproduces all the colors and tonalities perfectly. Graphics programs can help to match the colors more closely to reality, if that is your goal. For all of us, our photographs have a message, or feeling that we are trying to convey. Adjusting the image to better convey this message, even if it means changing the "reality" of the scene to various extents, is part of our art. Just my thoughts. +Guy #1655

Colleen M. Walsh October 08, 2001


I agree with you. When you think about it, any negative film is "manipulated" in the printing process and you can do some of the sames things in the printing process as you can in photoshop. Actually, depending on where you get your film developed, they may print it too green or to red and it has to be "fixed" again in photoshop from the original print. Positives are closer to the actual color than anything because it's a first generation image, but with positives, the latitute for mistakes is much smaller, so you really have to be a good photographer to get great shots using slide film. I think the object is to be a good photographer, know your camera and the effects you want to create with it first, then use the editing packages to enhance or make your work more creative or artful.

In the modeling world, editing software is wonderful. It's not like you can fake the beauty of the model, but you can clean up imperfections which really helps.

Colleen #1658

Laura Johnson October 09, 2001

Coleen and Guy,

Thank you for the input. I can see where you are coming from. Thanks for the input. It is invaluble.

Lau #1683

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The early light cast interesting shadows.

Uploaded on September 19, 2001

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