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A beautiful and unusual lily type flower I came across while walking in the veld near our home. She seems to be waxy and delicate. Grin

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS
Lens:6.2 - 18.6 mm (35 mm equivalent: 34.2 - 102.7 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Sep 2012 - 11:27 AM
Focal Length:6.2mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:125
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Ferraria Crispa
Username:Averil Averil
Uploaded:5 Dec 2012 - 1:39 PM
Tags:Flower, Flowers & plants, Spots, Waxy
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
5 Dec 2012 - 1:47 PM

What an amazing flower !! Very well captured !! Excellent SmileGrin

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7134 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 5:14 PM

How very beautiful Smile Carol

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8799 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1613 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 6:48 PM

Also known as the "Starfish Iris", and what a beauty Averil, I've never seen one.
From the deep shadow, I assume the light was overhead and bright, and so you have done well with the exposure, keeping good whites and good detail on the intricacies of the flower. I love the sparkle you have on the petals.
You have space on the right, behind the flower, whereas it is best to have space in front of your subject, if indeed you want space anywhere around your flower. Treating your flower as if it were a person, animal or insect, the space would be in the area into which it is looking or facing.
I see you have taken this at an angle, and you were probably considering the best angle you could get on the bloom itself. There are some dark shadows on the right which are a bit distracting (one of them looks like the silhouette of a golfer teeing offGrin).
In my modification, I removed the leaves and shadows from the right side, then mirrored the image so that the flower is facing to the right, cropped to square, and added canvas to the top, where you clipped the top petal. Because we read from left to right we also look at an image from left to right, and flowers tend to look better facing to the right, although it certainly isn't a hard and fast rule.
I then removed the little dark shadow on the bottom leaf, adjusted levels and sharpened.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 5 Dec 2012 - 6:50 PM

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banehawi Critique Team 10901 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2898 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2012 - 9:07 PM

A real beauty, never saw one, or even heard of a Starfish Iris.

Very bright light, as to be expected, and whats unexpected for me is that the camera overexposed with so much light. The light does give a glow effect.

I prefer to reduce exposure by -1, and crop very similar to how Pamela has done. So two interpretations for the price of one!


Regards



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 5 Dec 2012 - 9:07 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom860 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2012 - 9:01 AM

Nice try and interesting. The bloom needed to be on the right side of the frame and the lighting is too harsh. About one stop less exposure needed. Dial in -1 on the exposure compensation screen.

Paul

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Averil
Averil  7 South Africa
6 Dec 2012 - 2:55 PM

Thanks all and love the mods.
Averil

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