Plant Database forum: Using Flash for Database Photos?

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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Chillybean
Aug 19, 2015 10:25 AM CST
What are your thoughts about this? I so far have hesitated to post any when I used flash, not sure if it is really giving it a natural look.

Yesterday, I found the first bud on one of my native Clematis. I was pretty excited since I put some in the ground last fall and more this spring. Not always do the natives flower their first year.

It was raining, so I did not have enough natural lighting and I wanted the photo at this time. I am sure there will be more buds later, but this is like a brand new baby to me. Smiling There are a few photos in the database that include buds, but not by themselves, so I am thinking of adding this to the collection. The leaves reflect a little from the rain, but I do not think it changed the coloring.

I have heard strong opinions for and against flash photography, so I thought I would ask before I bother editing the photo for web use.

Thank you.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Aug 19, 2015 11:55 AM CST
I don't see a problem with flash. If they a good photos and you think they are a good representation of what the plant looks like then I would say add them.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 19, 2015 6:27 PM CST
LOL, I haven't heard anything stating that we shouldn't upload pictures when a flash was used and I've taken many a plant/flower photo using the flash, especially plants that bloom at night, light night blooming cactus. I used to go out on my screened porch at night to take flower photos using the flash. I agree with Jay, if the photo is a good representation of the plant in question you shouldn't hesitate to add it to the database.

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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Aug 19, 2015 6:31 PM CST
Thank you for your comments. No, I hadn't heard anything here not to use flash. I just wanted to make sure it would be ok after reading on other forums some heated arguments for and against the use of flash. I have the photo uploaded now.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
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Horntoad
Aug 19, 2015 7:16 PM CST
This is a flash photo I uploaded last year.

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Aug 20, 2015 11:45 AM CST
Jay, that is a beautiful Hibiscus shot using the flash! I had to use the flash to get photos of my night blooming orchid cactus that resided outside. These are my photos from a few years ago:

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