I couldn’t quite get this shot the way I wanted straight out of the camera so this made the “reject” pile for my 365 Project, but, I thought it would be great for my new “Can you fix this?” series of photo challenges, where I ask YOU to help me. 🙂 My challenge was getting the right exposure and angle for these cherry buds while shooting into the bright clouds (6pm). The cherry buds ended up with lots of shadows, their bright green color becoming almost invisible (see untouched photo below). Composition-wise I was trying give the perspective of this cherry stalk, loaded with buds (yaaay!), reaching for the heavens, and catching the parallel of the curving stalk with the curve of the clouds. It kind’ve reminded me of “jack and the beanstalk.” In the first photo, I applied some post-processing in Lightroom 3, adjusting curves to lighten up the shadows, underexposed a bit, added some fill light, and some vibrancy. Anyway…if you have tips on getting the exposure right, without using flash, or maybe WITH flash?, please share. I’d love to know how to get it right, straight out of the camera. I’ve included the original pic below. Feel free to play with it and post your improved version. Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by!