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Hello everyone.
This is one of my first ever photos taken, during last summer I was just trying out the close-up utility, and what I found was amazing. (I was and am new to photography)
So here I put up one to show you, anyone got a tip or two, of course share them!

Camera:Canon EOS 1000D
Lens:EFS 18-55.
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Long for spring.
Username:Secretspot Secretspot
Uploaded:14 Mar 2010 - 9:47 AM
Tags:Bloom, Bug, Close-up, Close-up / macro, Flower, Flowers & plants, Petal, Plant, Wildlife / nature
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clicknimagine
14 Mar 2010 - 10:11 AM

beautiful flower and the light here, it is very much confusing what should i suggest you, on the one hand the background is sufficiently blurred by the dof, on the other the leaves below the flower is also blurred,

you have tried to place the flower at the center, but for the composition, it is better to avoid this kind of placement, as the blurred flower at the background gives a sense of dimension, i should suggest you to crop the blank place at the right side of the image, it will enhance the aesthetic quality,

also you need to enhance the sharpness a bit when you are resizing the image, please try to provide the shot settings, so that many members can help you,

wish you best of luck for your future works...

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Jestertheclown
14 Mar 2010 - 4:00 PM

Please see my mod.
I'd agree re. the light and DoF. Also the image has good colour.
Rather than crop the right though, I've gone the other way and removed the second flower thus putting the main one approximately on a third. It's still not exactly as I'd like it but you'll get the idea.
I've also sharpened it a touch.
Jester.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 14 Mar 2010 - 4:01 PM

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 4:27 PM

Hello, Annie. Very nice detail on the clover and excellent blurring of the background, you should try more of this type of photography. If I had done a modification, it would be very much like Jester's, cropping away the other flower and also the part flower intruding into the bottom of the frame. If you like this type of picture, try practicing with improving your background. Try to become aware of what is behind and around your chosen specimen. Can you get low enough to place it against the sky? Is there anything plainer behind it, from a different angle? Can you move or peg back anything intruding into your frame? Isolating your flower requires some thought prior to shooting and, unless you prefer the natural look, you could use some card or cloth as a backdrop.
Pamela.

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 4:42 PM

Hello Annie

Thanks for posting your photo, it is lovely to be reminded of summer flowers. I was just reading the article "all in a bloom" in the technique related section above. There is some useful advice there about flower photography - certainly worth a read.

The colour has come out well in your photo and the flower looks quite dramatic against the background greens. Although you have been using the close up facility your lens will not focus closely enough to give you a flower which fills the frame of the photo. Too much background and the flower tends to look a bit lost.

What you can try to do is to look for a pleasing arrangement of flowers which fill the frame. You have a bit of the idea in your shot but the second flower is too far away from the main flower to be part of the composition. It may take some searching to find the right combination but it is worth the effort. Then you have lots of choices about how to present the flowers - all sharp or use differential focussing to blur some of them.

I see from your description you were aware of the bug. My advice would be to look for bug-free flowers unless you can get so close that the bug becomes recognisable and part of the composition. Otherwise it looks like a dirty mark which spoils the beauty of the flower.

I wish you luck with your photography. As the article says flower photography can be very frustrating, but it can also be really rewarding. And here the spring flowers are coming through strong now, so it's a great time to get out there.

Best wishes

Catherine

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Secretspot
23 Mar 2010 - 9:20 PM


Quote: Please see my mod.
I'd agree re. the light and DoF. Also the image has good colour.
Rather than crop the right though, I've gone the other way and removed the second flower thus putting the main one approximately on a third. It's still not exactly as I'd like it but you'll get the idea.
I've also sharpened it a touch.
Jester.

Oh yeah, I get the idea and it really made sense to me. I must thank you for the help on this, since its so much fun to take pictures - and even more fun when the result turns out great!

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