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A simple image of spring.
Not sure what kind of bush/tree this is part of.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:28 Mar 2014 - 2:30 PM
Focal Length:38mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.1
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Buds in March
Username:billmyl billmyl
Uploaded:29 Mar 2014 - 10:59 AM
Tags:Buds, Flowers & plants
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Coast
Coast Critique Team 6996 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom292 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2014 - 11:09 AM

Overall a pleasing shot. For me has a nice calmness and simplicity about it that does appeal.

Technique is good with the max aperture to minimise any DoF and isolate the buds from the background. The browns and greens complimenting. Nice lighting that brings up the texture of the buds and pin sharp focusing too.

It is a simple shot and well executed.

Adding value is difficult as the subject is what it is and has been captured very well. Perhaps playing with the crop and framing may be something to look into. Turning so it cuts in on the diagonal perhaps to add a bit of dynamism?

Regards
Paul

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 1196 forum postsdudler vcard England291 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2014 - 11:14 AM

And I'm afraid I don't know what it is, either - other than eye-catching and beautiful. Well seen, and well shot.

Using your maximum aperture has allowed the background to blur nicely, while keeping the subject adequately sharp all over. You must have taken care to shoot "straight on" rather than at an angle to the stalk.

You've placed the subject very centrally, which can make things look stately - in this case, I'd suggest moving it off-centre: I'll upload a mod to show what I mean.

The background actually has lovely lines in it, playing off against the line of the plant perfectly.

I wonder whether the background is the same ploughed fields as in your recent post? A photographic happy hunting ground, if so!

Last Modified By dudler at 29 Mar 2014 - 11:14 AM

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billmyl
billmyl e2 Member 173 forum postsbillmyl vcard Scotland
29 Mar 2014 - 11:24 AM

Thanks Paul and John for your very kind comments.

Paul I did try it turned but preferred the lines of the field going the way they are. Played around with the cropping and framing but your mod John I think is better.
By the way it is a different field but harrowed at the same time as the other.

Regards,

Bill

Last Modified By billmyl at 29 Mar 2014 - 11:27 AM

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billmyl e2 Member 173 forum postsbillmyl vcard Scotland
29 Mar 2014 - 11:40 AM

I like your mod very much Paul. As I said above I did try flipping it but it works better as you have done putting it on the diagonal as well.

Regards,

Bill

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10826 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2832 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2014 - 12:55 PM

A different "field" for you Bill and youve done really well.

Nothing to add, just a mod, similar to whats been done. Desaturated background a little, sharpened the plant, flipped and rotated a little.

Welll done.


Willie

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billmyl
billmyl e2 Member 173 forum postsbillmyl vcard Scotland
29 Mar 2014 - 4:23 PM

Thanks for your kind comments Willie.

As always your mod is spot on.

Regards,

Bill

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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1698 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom81 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2014 - 8:21 PM

I like the image, very well constructed and executed I think. Nothing else to add from a technical point of view.
Nigel

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101464 forum postsdark_lord vcard England125 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2014 - 10:42 PM

They look like some kind of catkin, there are many different ones around at this time of year and this spring has been ideal for them. They are a type of pussy willows, Salix sp.

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billmyl
billmyl e2 Member 173 forum postsbillmyl vcard Scotland
29 Mar 2014 - 11:42 PM

Thanks Nigel and Keith for your comments.
My wife did suggest they were a type of pussy willow.

Regards,

Bill

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pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1589 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2014 - 7:48 PM

Yes, salix catkins, Bill. It's a joy to watch these as they develop and change.

I like the way you have the whole of the branch in focus, and particularly like the diagonal lines and earthy tones of your background, with those earthy tones echoing the colour of the remaining bud casings.

Your "straight-up" angle and fairly central placement is a little formal, and it's more aesthetically pleasing to have an off-centre placement and/or a bit more of a diagonal. Having said that, the diagonal lines within your background slightly diffuse that straight-up effect.
A strong angle adds a little uniqueness to an image, and when off-centre it's generally more pleasing and dynamic.

Pamela.

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billmyl
billmyl e2 Member 173 forum postsbillmyl vcard Scotland
31 Mar 2014 - 4:16 PM

Thanks for your comments Pamela.

I have amended the image incorporating your suggestions. It does look a lot better.

Regards,

Bill

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