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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.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:sigma 24-70
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Helleborus Hybridus
Username:Nick_w Nick_w
Uploaded:24 Mar 2009 - 9:43 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants
Votes:34

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Maddie
Maddie  92714 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 9:54 AM

lovely dtail in the large version Nick

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 10:19 AM

Like the details and tones in this - Nick
Regards Richard.

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GazzaG2003
GazzaG2003  11252 forum posts England
24 Mar 2009 - 10:24 AM

lovely shot, the flower looks so strong against the black bg

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Sylviwhalley
Sylviwhalley e2 Member 798 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 10:33 AM

Lovely shot, great detail.
Sylvia

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 10:42 AM

You cant complain agaist that one

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maryg
maryg e2 Member 666 forum postsmaryg vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 11:20 AM

Just perfect
Mary

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 5:58 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

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.

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MikeH
MikeH  9217 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 5:59 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

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?
Mike

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73906 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 6:49 PM

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.

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Wooly
Wooly  9112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 7:54 PM

Nicely done Nick.

Alan

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dathersmith
24 Mar 2009 - 10:39 PM

Not my type of thing Nick but this looks pretty stunning to me. Well captured and processed.

Darren.

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dathersmith
24 Mar 2009 - 10:39 PM

... and I forgot to say that it deserves many more votes IMHO.

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 11:19 PM

Looks fab to me Nick especially as it's not 'your usual' thing!

Sarah *

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73906 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2009 - 2:10 PM

Thankyou everyone, I don't think it hurts to step out of the comfort zone once in a while.

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mikesmith
mikesmith e2 Member 1045 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2009 - 9:28 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

hi Nick

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
Mike

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