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First of a little series of pictures taken at a Christmas flower-arranging class. An interesting exercise, my manual focusing is very slow whereas the action was moving quite fast...
The tutor was brilliant, by the way open to individual people's styles and quirks, and their different levels of expertise, and able to find something good to say about each piece of work, so that everyone went away encouraged and more confident to try again.
I shall leave you with that thought.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D40 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Lensbaby Composer/double glass optic/f4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:13 Nov 2012 - 5:02 PM
Focal Length:50mm, allegedly
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Reading the tea leaves
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Handiwork 1
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:18 Dec 2012 - 7:11 AM
Tags:Black & white, Community photography, Lensbaby composer, Photo journalism
Votes:54

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 7:16 AM

I should think that was a very interesting class to attend, Moira. Carol

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 7:29 AM

Nice mono work Moira like it .Smile
Rob

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104004 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 7:37 AM

what a bunch of pansies...can't they take a bit of good Yorkshire criticism!!!! WinkGrinGrin

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7395 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom971 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 7:39 AM

We're Northumberland, Jeff - we are (geographically speaking) above that sort of thing. Wink
Thanks folks, it's another early start, I'll catch up on the site this evening.
Moira

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 7:54 AM

I like that thought -- well spoken.
Nice shot (and I'm not just saying that).
-=\Walter

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32925 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 8:01 AM

A wonderful creative opportunity grabbed and recorded.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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franken
franken e2 Member 113061 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 8:18 AM

Lovely mono work Moira.

Ken

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rontear
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18 Dec 2012 - 8:29 AM

Christmas botany Moira.
Ron.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 8:54 AM

Good LB work here Moria, looks to capture in this class I bet
Regards Richard

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aniamoore
aniamoore  2 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 - 9:12 AM

Hand tied bouquet, Moira?SmileSmileSmileTongueTongue
AniaWink

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JohnChambersPhotography

It is a good thought to take on board, it's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice, and you are just that Moira, with a little help from Bill.

John

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maggietear
18 Dec 2012 - 9:56 AM

I like the range of differential focus you've used Moira, it's worked well! Two interests for the price of one; flower arranging and photography, I like that!!
Maggie

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
18 Dec 2012 - 10:28 AM

I like the sound of your teacher! could do with more like that, would not go amiss on this site some times, good shot Moira, the movement works well and mono is fine by me, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41029 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 11:28 AM

Excellent sentiment, Moira. I like the mystery in this composition. Looked at it a few times before I even noticed the hand.

Dave

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Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 11:30 AM

A little encouragement goes a long way Moira, good for you. I'd personally like to see the fine colour of these leaves, but that's me a contrary Scotsman.

Dougie

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 11:45 AM

Interesting mono effect

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 12:30 PM

A dramatic use of the hand in this image.
Sounds like a most excellent instructor.

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 1:38 PM

The focus is where I want to see it, on those sharp holly leaves. The tones are rich Moira.
It's interesting how you sometimes focus on what you think is the right spot, then upload and your eye says "no" it should have been there. This feels right. Also nice to see an LB image again.

Anne

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astyag
astyag  712 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 3:48 PM

I can't agree anything more or less than what Anne said.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7395 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom971 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 3:54 PM

Back home again, thanks everyone.

Quote: I'd personally like to see the fine colour of these leaves, but that's me a contrary Scotsman.

Dougie, I've been back and looked again at the colour and no, it doesn't work. Partly because the lighter areas are white plastic wrapping, I managed to tone them down much more successfully in mono; and partly because this lady was wearing a red jumper and there's just, well, too much colour.
Which is why it's b&w...
Cheers, everyone,
Moira

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 4:30 PM

I stand corrected my friend.

WinkWinkWink

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TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 4:35 PM

A fine piece of work, Moira, and as well the holly leaves being sharp and prickly, they're nice focused and sharp photographically! Smile
Trev Smile

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18 Dec 2012 - 6:01 PM

Love the use of the LB Moira - works really well - and festive too.
Ann

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