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My first upload to this site. Thanks for looking!!
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Very nice mono.
Excellent tones, nice contrasts... I appreciate the DOF you were able to capture in this image... wells done!
beautiful close up
Good macro work with super processing, it would seem you know what your doing, well done...John
Welcome to EPZ and the critique section of the gallery. As images go I think this is a very respectable close image of a leaf, for me it does have some issues and as this is the critique section I will try and address the things I can see.
Unfortunately cameras can be a bit hit or miss in the quality they provide but with this image the quality looks quite good, unfortunately you're photographing a green leaf against a green background and in B+W terms that means a lot of dark greys next to each other luckily for your image the leaf has a glossy exterior so there are highlights to add some definition to the leaf between the foreground and the background.
Honestly while phone cameras can have many filters included in the software you still need to think about the image your taking and the end result. My normal advice in this situation would be to use a filter on the colour image in processing to adjust the grey tone balance and give more definition to the foreground.
On the plus side this is a really nice detailed image and while the highlight reflections are a little over exposed overall it is a nice image.
A good quality tightly cropped phone image. I would have stayed with colour, though. Not an ideal mono subject as the whole thing finishes up with similar shades of a rather dark grey. Good close up.
Helly, Wilffy, and welcome to EPZ, and the Critique Gallery.
You have chosen a good subject for your first upload, and have emphasized the texture and glossiness of the leaves, their shapes, as well as their vein pattern formations, and have gone in close for detail. If this subject attracts you, try shooting leaves with water droplets, it adds a touch more interest and, with good light, they glimmer with highlights and reflect their surroundings nicely.
I like the format you have chosen, but you have placed the centre of the leaves in the middle of the frame, on the vertical, whereas an offset composition often looks best. You have, however, placed the centre to the right of the frame on the horizontal, which is good. By cropping some of the top of the image, the centre of the leaves can be placed on the top right thirds intersection, corresponding to the guidelines for the Rule Of Thirds. Some say it's a little clichéd, but it's commonly used in photography. It simply means dividing a picture into three equal parts horizontally and three equal parts vertically, then placing your important element on one of the intersections.
With your large aperture, you have a shallow depth of field, and so only the top three leaves are in good focus, the rest lie behind those three and are therefore not so well focused. This has served to diffuse your background, and if this was your intention, it worked well. Should you want all of the leaves in focus, a smaller aperture needed to be selected. It's a good idea to look at your subject and decide how much of it is on the same focal plane, then make your decision about how much you want in focus.
I personally like flowers and foliage to be in colour, but am always surprised at how interesting they can look in mono, and it also tends to enhance texture and highlights.
Your background, though diffused, doesn't allow the shapes of your leaves to take precedence. Always check your background for distractions, particularly bright areas that are likely to distract the eye from your subject. Sometimes it isn't possible to avoid such distractions, and a lot of flower photographers will use a piece of card to place behind their subject.
In my modification, I cropped the top, as suggested, adjusted highlights, shadows and levels, then blurred the background a bit more. In my second modification, I completely blackened the background, as if some card had been used at the time of shooting.
Welcome to the site! I'm a bit late here, Pamela has got in first with a square crop which is my instinctive impulse here.
Although the subject is a leaf, the effect is abstract in structure - it relies on a pattern of strong lines. And square will contain a pattern like that more satisfactorily, force the eye to explore it.
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