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thought I'd try B & W background

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Alpha SLT-A55V
Lens:DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 Apr 2011 - 11:13 AM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:B & W Blue bells
Username:kazy1953 kazy1953
Uploaded:20 Apr 2011 - 8:27 PM
Tags:FLOWER/ BLUE, Flowers & plants
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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2011 - 9:44 PM

This is an interesting image. It's unusual to see bluebells on a BW background. The bluebells don't stand out from the dark background. I would make the dark grey into a light misty grey to give a floaty feel. I would also suggest you crop the out of focus flowers on the right as they don't add to the picture. The shadows under the flowers should lightened a little.
regards, Ian

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kazy1953
kazy1953  4 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2011 - 10:29 PM

thanks

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Jestertheclown
20 Apr 2011 - 11:03 PM

Hi Carole,

Personally, I don't like selective colouring of any kind so I'm posssibly the last person who should be commenting on this!
However!
Ian's advice above is sound and the background is a little too powerful.
You've done a good job of selecting the colour on the flowers in the centre which are sharp and therefore have good definition but you'd probably be better off cropping out the others as Ian has suggested.
The whole point of colour popping is to make the most important part of the shot, usually only one or two things, stand out which is what you've (almost) done!
Hope this helps.

Bren.

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Jestertheclown
20 Apr 2011 - 11:12 PM

I've uploaded a very quick mod. in which I've cropped the RHS putting the main flowers on a third, adjusted it using the shadows/highlights tool and made a very slight tweak using the blue curve.
You'd get a similar, hopefully better, effect if you desatured the B/W layer some and increased the vibrance (if you have that option) or saturation in the coloured one.
That'll cause the flowers to really jump out at you.
Cheers!
Bren.

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kazy1953
kazy1953  4 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2011 - 11:37 PM

thanks. i have also cropped and changed the background

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2011 - 10:14 AM

Carole
It great to see the mods. Your second one is a super image. The flower really stands out. Good work.
regards Ian

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Jestertheclown
21 Apr 2011 - 11:29 AM


Quote: Your second one is a super image

Great stuff Carole!

Stick with V2.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8759 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1591 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2011 - 2:20 PM

This has been an interesting one, Carole, and you have ended up with an excellent result.

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