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Since I got a new camera this year, I have been carrying out various experiments. Recently I enjoyed taking pictures of the rose that shares my darling's name, and testing the art mode on my camera to see what special effects it could produce without the aid of computer-based editing software. Naturally the natural image was the one I preferred best, but High Key generated an impressively bright image while Low Key was less effective in showing off the delicate peachy pink petals.

Another favourite flower of my darling and mine is the Gerbera, with its silky soft petals and fuzzy centre. I bought some bright pink ones and decided to try the camera's art mode again to see what would happen this time.

Fascinatingly, the success of the effects was the opposite way round compared to the rose photographs. High Key created a striking image, with lime green stems supporting fluorescent pink petals against a pale background. However, Low Key was the setting that showed the blooms off to best advantage, with the black background making the pink petals seem brighter.

Gerbera High KeyGerbera Low Key

Spot Colour mode also created a strong effect, with a monochrome background contrasting well with the faded pink and green of the flowers. The image I like best, though, is the unfiltered close up, showing the different textures and colours that make up the Gerbera flower.

Gerbera Spot ColourGerbera Close Up

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