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First effort using my Benk porta studio.
Suggestions and comments welcome

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:18.0 - 55.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28.3 - 86.5 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:31 Dec 2012 - 11:11 AM
Focal Length:29mm
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/13sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Flower
Username:pure3000 pure3000
Uploaded:19 Jan 2013 - 4:02 PM
Tags:Flower close up, Flowers & plants, Plant
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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 12:33 PM

You have selected a nice bloom for your shot but really I do feel it would have been better suspended by a small gauge wire, hidden out of site, because lying down does not show it off to its optimum Mark.

Again I don't know why you used f4 when the focus does not cover all of the bloom and additionally, with the subject lying down ther eis always gooing to be some part of your backing in sharp focus. So my suggestion is, suspend the bloom away from the background and suffcuiiently far away so that it will be out of fucus when an aperture of f5.6 is used. Then focus 1/3 the way in as you will get 1/3 before your selected focal point and 2/3 behind it.

I am guessing that you used a tripod given your shutter speed of 1/13sec.

Compositionally I feel that a square aspect ratio would suit this better so I have uploaded a mod to show you my idea.

Frank

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pure3000
pure3000  5 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 - 2:33 PM

Thanks for your comment, this is my first attempt at this type of shot so all you ideas will be taken on board. With regards to aperture and shutter speeds what do you recommend ?

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 5:35 PM


Quote: Thanks for your comment, this is my first attempt at this type of shot so all you ideas will be taken on board. With regards to aperture and shutter speeds what do you recommend ?

I did suggest

"So my suggestion is, suspend the bloom away from the background and sufficiently far away so that it will be out of focus when an aperture of f5.6 is used. Then focus 1/3 the way in as you will get 1/3 before your selected focal point and 2/3 behind it."

frank

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 7:03 PM

Not sure what a Benk portable studio is. The light level must have been very low to need such a long shutter speed so not flash? Actually rather nice with good colour. The flower is looking very slightly left, so I would have had it at the right side of the frame rather than the left.

Paul

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2013 - 1:28 PM

A rather nice coloured bloom - I would have chosen anything between f5.6 and f11 depending on whether you wanted all the flower in focus or just selective focus on a specific part of it. As the flower is facing left I would have more space there for the flower to look into.
Carole

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