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Title:Fallen Fuchsia
Username:shnooksster shnooksster
Uploaded:18 Sep 2010 - 6:37 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Fuchsia purple flower macro fallen
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JohnRD
JohnRD  4 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2010 - 7:49 PM

Nice image but there's a lot of plain grey surface in front of the flower that doesn't really add anything to the image. I've uploaded a closer crop which, I think, removes the less interesting parts of the image.
Best regards
John

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Jestertheclown
18 Sep 2010 - 9:41 PM

Great minds don't always think alike!

I found the green bit a distraction so I've got rid of it and used the grey to accentuate the flower.
A quick crop and some (rough!) cloning to remove the other flowers and sharpened.
I deliberately left the pattern in the front left.

Bren.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 18 Sep 2010 - 9:42 PM

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2010 - 10:06 PM

hi and welcome to epz.

i like the low viewpoint here and the fact that only the main flower is in focus and that the others sort of drift away into the distance.

there are a few niggles such as the distracting out of focus highlights in the background which are easy to clone away and the foreground texture needs bringing out with a little burning of the shadows and a smart sharpen at a larger rad.

i did a quick mod to show the difference a few mins can make,

otherwise its a nice first upload

regards Phil

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shnooksster
21 Sep 2010 - 9:52 PM


Quote: Welcome to EPZ Francesca, as you can see there is plenty of help available here in the 'critique gallery.'
I can see your intent here but perhaps you concentrated to much on the actual fallen fuchsia, rather than the overall content of your upload.
Basically, it is better to place your main subject matter on a junction of lines of thirds, yours sits nicely on the horizontal axis but not the best vertically. Look at Jester's mod and see the difference in impact the location has there! Then always consider your background; do you want things there to compete with your main subject? Not on your Nelly you don't, so always look to exclude difference in colours or patterns. You can see the number of distracting items in your background and really I am sure you don't want them to compete.
There is a lot to think about but well worth the while doing it, it is easier to exclude items at the exposure stage than it is in processing.

Enjoy EPZ

Frank

Thank you so much for your help! I now agree with you for I did not see what I had done wrong, and now I hope to improve on my photography with help like yours!

Francesca

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