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Not my usual, but just took delivery of my replacement D300 so was putting it thro its paces - Let me know what you think, all comments / advice welcome - as I say not my usual.
lovely dtail in the large version Nick
Like the details and tones in this - Nick
lovely shot, the flower looks so strong against the black bg
Lovely shot, great detail.
You cant complain agaist that one
Lovely Hellebore Nick & yes a bit of a different tack for you.
I like the composition but think the inside of the flower could have done with a drop more light to make it really stand out on the page...the stamens of these flowers are something else !
Just looks as though you have lost the main focal point a tad...should be the stamens & it looks to me to be the leaf TBH...I think though,a drop more light on the centre would help on that score.
Try facing the flower towards the light & adjusting the position of the camera to get the angle you want,rather than the other way round....or you could have used a small reflector to shove the light back into the centre.
Nice clean bg & a pretty presentation.
Good detail Nick and the seamless black background is a classic touch , perhaps just a very small curves adjustment to lift the contrast on the petals, glad you are back to your D300. What iso was this?
Thanks everyone, and a big thanks Mike & Janet very helpful (I've marked them as so). To answer a few of the points. I've just checked with the Tiff and that has a bit more punch so I can't explain the lack of contrast - probably lost a bit in upload, although I did mask some of the curve as I was freightened of losing some of the highlight detail.
There was a reflector to the RHS - but next time I will use something a bit better (an old transluscent white card - next time I will use tin foil or something), but I think the light (natural) was a bit strong, even tho I diffused it.
Oh why didn't I point it to the light - silly mistake. I've checked the focus in Viex NX it is on the stamens, but as I was awaiting delivery of a cable release (yes that went too - replacement arrived yesterday £3.47 inc postage from eBay !!) I used the self timer, so on pressing it probably moved a fraction. I also sharpened all the flower, maybe I shouldn't have with the leaf. I also think the 24-70 back focuses a bit - I will look at calibrating it in the D300. Later images I was on Manual focus for that reason.
Mike ISO was 200 (the base level for the D300), auto WB - which is far better than the D80 - and F16, Spot metering I think I was in Manual for this one, I will have to check.
I have a couple of others that may get an outing.
Once again thanks, trying something different certainly makes you think, hopefully it will help my skills a bit.
Nicely done Nick.
Not my type of thing Nick but this looks pretty stunning to me. Well captured and processed.
... and I forgot to say that it deserves many more votes IMHO.
Looks fab to me Nick especially as it's not 'your usual' thing!
Thankyou everyone, I don't think it hurts to step out of the comfort zone once in a while.
I can't really add much more than Janet and Mike have already said. My points would be; lack of light on the stamen, maybe a slightly tighter crop, there seems to be a light source from the left, which could perhaps be eradicated in PS. Sometimes a crop and change of angle makes a more appealing image than "straight on". I often shoot my flowers in total darkness lit only by 150 watt halogen lamp, shooting with autowhite balance and then alter to incandescent in NX2.
On a seperate note; hope the forecast remains good for Saturdays trip to Sclaebar
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