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I am wondering if maybe i have gone too close with this shot. Any thoughts would be nice to try and help me take a better picture. thank you

Camera:Fuji S1500
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:foxglove
Username:kibp kibp
Uploaded:29 Jun 2010 - 1:12 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, Foxglove, Wildlife / nature
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devlin
devlin  3651 forum posts India39 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2010 - 1:28 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Yes i would agree with a bit too close Smile...the two flowers one on the left and the bottom are sort of cut off and too my eye make the image loose continuity...maybe a re-take of the shot by capturing these two or a crop and clone of these two may make the picture better..Smile

Hope this helps

Cheers

Last Modified By devlin at 29 Jun 2010 - 1:28 PM

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29 Jun 2010 - 3:54 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The picture is nice and sharp with sufficient depth of field to maintain focus on all of each of the flowers - often a problem with closeups. Where there are a bunch of flowers, it can be difficult to know where to set the boundary of the composition ... my view is that if you can't achieve a view which has no partial flowers at the border, then those partial flowers should be just a hint of the edge of the flower. In this case I feel that there is too much of the bottom two flowers to ignore them, but not enough to satisfy the eye. So, you could either pull further back, or get in closer.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8687 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1531 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2010 - 4:28 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I don't think you have gone too close, I just think you needed to consider perhaps getting two full trumpets (possibly the vertical ones) within your frame. Quite honestly, I think this is your best flower shot yet and am extremely impressed with the detail throughout, the colours, the little hairs on the petal edges, the light you have managed to get within the trumpets to show off the beautiful patterns there, and your very nice clean background. I'm not sure how you got a shadowed area on the right frame edge, but that's a minor niggle. I have done a modification where I cropped the left, focusing all attention on the right two thirds of your picture, then added a bit of canvas on the right to give a bit more background, and removed the shadow. I adjusted levels to bring out the colours, cloned out the leaves and gave it a slight sharpen. I spent a lot of time photographing foxgloves in the New Forest and never managed to get any that I was really happy with...so I'm quite envious of this.
Pamela.

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jayhawk2000
29 Jun 2010 - 9:30 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You can never get too close to flowers! Getting up close reveals details that would not catch our eye otherwise. You do have to be particularly careful and watch for distractions though. In this case it's the green leaves that intrude.

You could be brutal and snip the stem off, then arrange the blossoms to your requirements, maybe play with different lighting effects too.

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kibp
kibp  4 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2010 - 8:05 AM

Thank you all, i have learnt a little more from each of you. I still have a long, long way to go to get that half decent image, but feel i am already benefiting from all your advice and tips. Also thank you Pamelajean, i can see from your modification how much better a picture can look by taking out all the messy bits. Thank you Katrina

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2010 - 9:02 AM

You are not too close - possibly a bit better choice of position but your technique is good and sharp where it needs to be.

Far too often, on many types of subject, people do not get in close enough. I was taught over the years that filling the frame was a great way to produce images with impact.

Paul

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kibp
kibp  4 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2010 - 4:44 PM

Thank you paulbroad for your comment.

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