DonCharisma.org My First Micro Photo - Flowering Beach Plant 2 HDR

Sea Flower, My First “Macro” Photography


I was walking near the beach on my daily walk, and saw a tiny little flower on a “succulent” plant. The flower is only maybe 1-2 cm across (1/4 inch), so small. Not to be perturbed by absolutely no previous experience, and knowing absolutely zip about close-ups, I brought my iPhone up close and took a photo.

I’m pleased with the result, however I think I would have the iPhone a little further away from the flower next time. Reason, the flower isn’t in focus, doh !

DonCharisma.org My First Micro Photo - Flowering Beach Plant 2 HDR
DonCharisma.org My First Micro Photo – Flowering Beach Plant 2 HDR

Taken in Thailand, Nov-2013

19 thoughts on “Sea Flower, My First “Macro” Photography

    1. Usually you’re more knowledgeable than I so I stand corrected ! Often I just “go for it” rather than research, sometimes it saves me time, occasionally I look stupid, but I think Henry Ford said too many men afraid of looking stupid …

      Sorry it’s off topic, but can you point me in the right direction for colour/tone enhancements, I’m not good with colours in the first place and night shots I’m getting all kinds of horrible colours and don’t know how to correct them. Occasionally Photoshop will do an awesome “auto tone”, “auto colour” or “auto contrast”, but a lot of the time it just doesn’t seem to do anything useful !

      1. I’ll take a look for you when I get the chance. I’ve been fairly busy recently, but I can quickly give you a few pointers using The GIMP (there should be a similar process in Photoshop):

        Play around with the curves (Colors→Curves) or levels (Colors→Levels). In the curves dialog, raising the right end (lightening the light) and lowering the left (darkening the dark) can be striking, especially with black and white (greyscale) photos.
        If your photo is dark and you want to brighten a portion of it, you might want to try duplicating the layer and set the top layer to “addition” mode, using a layer mask to restrict the effect to an area.
        The National Geographic script works wonders for an automated solution

        Hope that helps!

      2. Hey thanks for the info … I’ve been having a little bit of success with levels and curves, setting the black and white points … also upping contrast makes it darker and more night realistic … I’ve played around with adjusting an area, need to try this with a mask … thanks dude … cheers DC

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