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I do like your choice of subject,a straight forward composition with the flowers perhaps a wee bit central in the frame.I think you could have afforded slightly less to the LHS & a touch more to the right,just to drop it off centre slightly.
Looks as though you have used a yellowish texture or colour overlay here which has rendered the whole thing a little on the dark side with minimal colour to the flowers.
If you put your texture/overlay on a separate layer you can use a layer mask to bring back a bit of the colour,especially the yellows & greens,which would brighten the subject up somewhat.Or...simply use the dodge tool to paint in a few lighter areas here & there,in particular on the petals & parts of the stem.That way you will get a much more 3D image with better shape & form.
I see you used a very high ISO...when you are taking images of something that is static there is no real need for speed ( unless you are hand holding your camera of course ) a much lower ISO would give you a longer speed but would also assist in capturing all the detail with much less chance of introducing noise artifacts into the frame.The 50 mm lens you have used is a good one,great for detail & close up work too.
Try getting much closer to one of the flowers...that one looking downward would make a great close up,almost filling the frame.Loads of texture to be had in nature & Sunflowers are probably one of the best examples.
Dropping on a brief description of what you did,a bit of info about your set up/lighting & what you wanted to achieve would be great,then anyone posting a comment would have something to go on.
A good attempt here,gets my vote for actually seeing life in something almost past it.
Thanks chase for your comments; for everyone else's benefit I did ask her for it!
Most things are as intended though other aspects are 'accidental'. I didn't arrange the flowers apart from moving one stem just to get a better view of the head. I felt it warranted being central but I certainly intend doing more as you suggest. I agree it's a bit dark but I toyed for a long time over whether the colours should be mute or not. In the end I decided to mute, but it was a very close one!
I used layers and decided, at this point, not to do extra work such as dodging. 3D or flat was another debate I had and decided to go with the result shown. In fact, I increased aperture from 3.2 to bring more of it in focus.
The high ISO was down to a very technical style called laziness!! I couldn't be bothered to set up a tripod or lights so I handheld with just window light. The unexpected benefit was that using software noise reduction gave the image a slightly 'fine art' or illustration look which I was wanting. So laziness sometimes does pay-off! It meant a loss of some detail but I'm okay with that.
I will certainly do as you suggest by doing some more focussed work with close-ups - wish I had done now! And I will try to add more detail to my descriptions in the future.
Thanks again for taking the time.
Wise words in Chase's critique so no need for me to repeat any of it. Love the subject, so much more interesting than the usual pristine stuff. I wish that you had enabled modifications so that I could have posted some post processed trickery to demonstrate different versions.
OK LynneJoyce, will enable mods. Will be interesting to see what trickery you have up your sleeve!
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