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please critique. thanks!

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix XP10
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:gumamela
Username:nconcepcion33 nconcepcion33
Uploaded:26 Feb 2012 - 11:18 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants
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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
26 Feb 2012 - 12:30 PM

Lovely image. IB

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Patricia Fenn
26 Feb 2012 - 2:59 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi, first let me say welcome to ePz, hope you enjoy it as much as I have over the years.

You have asked for crit, so here we go Smile
Nice shot, very well composed with the flower stamen on the third. Perfect! So, we have established that you have a good eye for photography.

Colour could do with a bit of a boost as it looks slightly washed out, and I know this flower, Hibiscus, is vibrant. If you are using photoshop, try using auto levels, or making a layer in multiply and then reducing the opacity until you have the desired effect.

I think your camera has a macro setting, this can produce some lovely effects with flowers such as this, simply by focusing on a small part of the flower and blurring out the background. Camera support is essential when using macro, a sock full of rice will work as well as anything, and use the camera's timer so that you don't have to press the shutter button.
Have a try, but be warned, macro can become addictive, LOL!

Hope that helps.
Best,
Patricia.

Last Modified By Patricia Fenn at 26 Feb 2012 - 3:10 PM

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mhfore
mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2012 - 7:40 PM

Hi Nancy,

A good capture of a Hibiscus, which is a flower that tends to work very well for the camera, so a good choice. You have also received some good advice from Patricia although I feel the image could be cropped a touch more on the right which I have done in the mod. You can sometimes use a very tight crop with single flowers to make a more dramatic image. I have not added any vibrance but I have boosted the flowers colour with some tone adjustments and removed some of the noise from the background.

Take care

Martin

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2012 - 10:48 AM

Lots of helpful advice above so I'll just add that I find the background a bit fussy. If you can get somebody to hold a black card behind the scene, this kind of shot can really come to life.

Dave.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2012 - 7:15 PM

This is a nice, well composed image. It does need a contrast boost to give a bit of colour impact and I would stroke the burning in tool over the background a bit to tone it down.

paul;

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