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Think I'll make this the last of this series.
Verdicts on this background please.
Glad you all enjoyed with me the River City celebrations.
It obviously means more to people who live in Scotland.
KateGrin

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:20 Sep 2012 - 12:59 PM
Focal Length:60mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/6.7
Shutter Speed:0.3sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Custom
Title:Alstreomeria with Blue Background
Username:Irishkate Irishkate
Uploaded:26 Sep 2012 - 7:16 PM
Tags:Blue background, Flowers, Flowers & plants, Vase
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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 7:20 PM

A great close up and still life Kate
not bothered for choice...as love them both!!Smile
so have my UA
Lillian

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williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 7:24 PM

that is very good,the background is grey what did you use for light,but overall a smasher.


billy

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achieverswales
26 Sep 2012 - 7:25 PM

The background needs to be more defocussed Kate, much to prominent.

Regards

Trev.

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 346 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 7:28 PM

Very nice Kate, I love the contrasting colours, especially in V2 which is my pick for today. Excellent work

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41033 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 7:48 PM

v2 is the better of the two, but I agree with Trev in that the bg looks too sharp and creased.

Dave

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oldgreyheron
oldgreyheron e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 7:57 PM

The alstromeria are wonderful Kate. I have to agree with other commentators that the background is more intrusive than it needs to be - a plain one would suit me very well. There is something a little odd about the variants - the images are cropped slightly differently so that the image moves as the variants are viewed - did you intend this? Lovely though!

Mike

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 8:12 PM

This is so much better than the previous two postings, Kate, the b/g tones working so much more satisfactorily for me: interesting to read about others's comments, but I find these two versions perfectly satisfactory as they are.
Ronnie.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 8:36 PM

I'm afraid I must agree with Trev and Mike I'm not too keen on the background it is too prominent. The flowers are really beautiful though, I reckon a plainer, paler background may work better.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 8:43 PM

Sorry I meant to say the colour works fine it is those creases in the cloth that I find a bit distracting

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 8:49 PM

I think the bg is Ok and the lovely colour of the flowers shines forth. Think I preferthe lighter tones of V1.
Joan.

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2167 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 9:16 PM

Beautiful coloured display with great detail ,I like the colour of your bg Kate,but I must agree with Glostopcat about the creases in the cloth.
NettaSmile

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gingerdelight
26 Sep 2012 - 9:25 PM

Yes the creases are a bit distracting. Can you perhaps try moving the vase further away from the background and focus in on the flowers, throwing the background out of focus?
I think I still prefer the earlier shots with the more softer coloured backgrounds.
Carol

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 432 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 10:32 PM

Could do with a shallower DOF to throw the b/g out of focus Kate.
Jason

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 - 10:39 PM

Both these images are beautiful Kate. The flowers stand out against the background. My personal view on the background is that the creases add to the image overall. Perhaps if you were able to reshoot the scene with the b/g out of focus you would see what works best
Jim

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2012 - 11:14 PM

Go for the lighter BG in V1 Kate.
Two good shots though !!
Mick.

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Skeet1Away
Skeet1Away e2 Member 340 forum postsSkeet1Away vcard Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 12:37 AM

Kate, I like v1.......10/10 for trying somthing new. I think its a great idea, I wonder if a sort of velvet material would have less lines.......worth trying.


Paul.

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 1:59 AM

Super shots!

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 5:58 AM

V.2 for me, Kate, though I like them both very much. Carol

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 7:46 AM

What beautiful and lovely images,Kate,V1 is my favorite,
saeid

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 8:13 AM

V2 gets my vote .... lovely

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
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A well composed image Kate love the colour tones of both, V2 is my favourite (I think I might have ironed (carefully!) the strong creases out of the material, then you would only have had soft folds which would have contrasted well with those lovely sharply captured flowers). This is a lovely composition, with excellent light and the set up could work so well tried out with different flowers.

Last Modified By CaroleS at 27 Sep 2012 - 9:45 AM

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digital_boi
27 Sep 2012 - 10:42 AM

One of my fav flowers they capture so well ....

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 11:36 AM

Of the two, I like the darker v2. I think the suggestions re the background are all good. This would be a good case for using layers and blurring the background.

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4547 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 4:23 PM

Beautiful shot !!!!....lovely arrangement, & the 'bluish' B/G of V2 works better to bring the flowers 'forward' in the
image (dark colours recede....& light colours tend to come 'forwards)........top notch !!!!!

If you have the room to do it....I would set the vase/flowers a little more away from the B/G for the next one, & 'practice'
a little more with the 'iron' on those creases ??.Grin

Another thought was to drape the B/G cloth so that any 'folds' occur diagonally, or in a curve ?.....fiddly maybe, but worth
taking trouble over to add the final touch of 'class' to the shot ..............Smile

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 4:39 PM

Lovely shots.................... at first i thought wow.... love the bg, then on second look I do think it destracts from the main subject, if it was ironed and in softer focus I think it would work well, I like the bits of the bg that ripple and shine.
Now I have finished babbling................. I hate ironingTongue
Diane

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
27 Sep 2012 - 8:27 PM

The flowers are lovely, the bg are distracting, tend to look at the bg rather than the flowers. IMHO

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 11:20 PM

v2, dark blue and yellow just make a fine combination like stars in a night sky

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2012 - 8:18 AM


Quote: Of the two, I like the darker v2. I think the suggestions re the background are all good. This would be a good case for using layers and blurring the background.

Yes I agree here, I think the darker blue sets the yellow flowers off so well.
I might have tried blurring the b/g a little.
Well done.

B.

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