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The rose in my garden I have a photo in the morning when there was dew on it.
I'm interested in their opinions, this would be a better picture, or whatever, if something is not right, because not long ago I started to deal with the macro.
To me it doesn't look right because there is a halo around the flower where you have feathered the blur effect, which by itself looks false, but the halo looks awful too.
Better if you had used a wider aperture to blur the background naturally, and used less powerful flash which has caused hard shadows on the flower. With this shot, I think a camera on a tripod and natural light would have been better, maybe a little bit of flash (only fill-in, not the main light) to highlight the droplets. Also you might have got rid of the light patch (upturned leaf?) under the bloom as it attracts the eye away from the main subject. It is always advisable to do a little gardening if need be to clean the image up.
As above from Nick but I would like to add that compositionally, although I like the square crop I would have preferred to see the rose entering the frame at an angle rather than being straight up and down.
I would also like to se ethe image slightly lighter.
I have uploaded an image to to give my idea but I have rushed the cloning so ignore the finish. I am just attempting to show the angle that I quite like.
When requesting critique it is always best to upload your EXIF otherwise yoiu can only benefit from half of what is on offer.
If you are going to alter your background, Laslo, you need to zoom in close to the edges of the rose and carefully make your selection, then invert your selection and apply your effect. It needs time and patience, but is well worth the effort, to get it looking realistic.
Thank you for your comments, help, and I learned a lot from them too.
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