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Friday Slide Show: September Dahlias Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

20 September 2019

We were not able to shoot the annual Bouquets to Art exhibit at the de Young Museum this year. It was moved from spring to summer, which should have made it easier but it came and went while we were juggling one more ball than we practice with.

We were not, however, going to skip the Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park. And last Sunday during intermission at Opera in the Park we walked over and took a few photos of the colorful varieties in full bloom.

The Conservatory. The glass building is the nearest landmark to the Dahlia Garden, benignly overlooking it and the drum musicians who gather near those park benches.

Same camera and lens as last week's show, of course. The M.Zuiko 12-200mm zoom had only a Hoya UV(0) filter on it. We usually shoot with a circular polarizer but we thought we'd do everything different this time.

The captures are quite a bit different from what we're used to with the Nikon D300 and the 18-200mm Nikkor. We were sliding Lightroom's Develop module sliders to places they had never been before to bring these blooms to life.

The reds and yellows were particularly troublesome. And we seemed to lose highlight detail way too easily even though, for the most part, these were underexposed.

For some reason Lightroom applied the Adobe Portrait profile to these initially. We changed them all to Adobe Color but we had to repeat the change to get it to stick. Today, naturally, Adobe released minor updates to both Lightroom and Camera Raw.

As with last week's images, we got where we wanted to go although it took a good deal more effort. If you can call clicking on a color profile and moving a slider "effort."

Which we do, we do.

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