What the… ? Wednesday

I wasn’t going to post today, because I didn’t have a ‘What the… ?’ image.  I’ve been spending the day printing out images that I plan to put into my store.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I print out my photos as 8x12s and ‘live’ with them for about a week before I put them in my store.  That way I can see if they are properly exposed for print, my eyes see distractions I may not have seen on the computer, and I ask myself, “would I want this on my wall?”.

My photos this week have been of waterdrops, and that’s where I was paying all of my attention.  I have 13 images on my wall and I was looking up at them while eating dinner and that’s when I saw it…. a strange white stripe across one of my images.


What the… ?!

I am thoroughly confused.  I went back to my raw image and it was there… but I couldn’t find any sign that I did this in post.  So I went back to my camera, to see if it was the same on the memory card.  Lo and behold, it is!  What?!

The line is in the waterdrops on the sides too, but I have no idea how it happened.  It just doesn’t make any sense.

Does anyone have any ideas?

I’m really bummed out now, I liked this photo… but now unless I can figure out how to fix it, this image will not be in my store.  Boo. 😦

Until next time…

9 thoughts on “What the… ? Wednesday

  1. Nic, Im wondering if it might be a light reflection. The curvature on the droplets makes me think that way.
    Have you tried cloning it out? Fiddly I know, but worth a try? Good luck.

    • I think you are probably right, Robyn. The more I think about it, the more I think there must be a drop of water right in the middle of the flower that we can’t see because of the angle and the white streak is a reflection from the flash.

      I haven’t tried to ‘fix’ it yet. I was too upset with the darn thing. I noticed it because when it’s printed the white streak has no ink, which means that there is absolutely no information there. Now I’m wondering if I shouldn’t take one photo with flash and one without so that I can layer it if I need to in the future. This was handheld, so it would have been difficult to get two identical images. I will have to see if I can clone it or find another image with this flower that might help. But since I want to print it, it will have to be done really well.

      Thanks for your suggestion. 🙂

      • Yes makes sense with the flash.
        Have you thought about using set up day-lights instead of flash? Just a thought.

        Yes I can understand you being upset. We do put lots of ourselves into what we do. Not to discount that, but you’ll take another beautiful flower image Nic 😀

        • I’m not sure what you mean by day-lights, Robyn. Continuous lights, perhaps?

          This was taken on a stroll with the pup and I tend to not carry a lot of equipment. I had my 180mm Macro lens, my speedlite attached to my camera with a Gary Fong Lightsphere Dome (diffuser) attached, and a tripod (which I didn’t use). Really this was me experimenting with the diffuser.

          Mainly I was upset because when I took the shot, I saw that I got those drops tack sharp and didn’t take another photo of that flower… I saw no need to… I got the shot. But that isn’t my favorite image from the outing… so all is not lost. 🙂

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