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I'm just wondering what people think of this really. Can't think of anything to put about it really!lol!
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Laura

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Uploaded:17 Nov 2008 - 12:04 PM
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Christopher_Malpas

nice image, but i would have predfered to see the entire flower` `

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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2008 - 12:50 PM

Stunning detail.
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dianah  724471 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2008 - 12:59 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It is lovely Laura. The colour is beautiful and especially so against the black background. Excellent detail too. I wonder it it might look better if the top of the flower wasn't missing or alternatively a closer crop with the centre facing the camera a little more so that the tiny petals at the centre are thrown more into the spotlight.
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ade_mcfade  1014708 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2008 - 1:16 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think if you're going to chop the top off, you really need to be croping in from the other sides too so taht it looks like you've intentionally gone in tight to the flower. Here it looks as though you've accidentally chopped the top off - which isn't ideal.

I'm not a flower expert so can't really add a lot more about the actual flower itself - maybe needs a bit more light from the left (reflector, flash) to bring up the brighness in the face of the flower? Just lokos a bit flat and dull on the main face to me

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Terrym1
Terrym1  540 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2008 - 1:22 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nice colours in this shot. It would have looked better if you got the whole flower in. Try using an aperture of F/8 to F/13 to try and get more of the flower in sharp focus. For the black background use the clone tool in an image editor to get rid of the patchy area to the right of the stem.

This is a great idea for what could be a superb image. Well done its still a great image.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
17 Nov 2008 - 5:25 PM

Hello, Laura. A striking gerbera, they are so photogenic. As to composition, flower photographers go for all types of angles, including the backs of flowers, and use dof to good effect, too. Some choose the whole flower, some choose just part of the detail. But the image needs to look as if what is inside the frame is all intentional, not as if a bit has inadvertently been missed off. There is a subtle difference here. A plain background is ideal, especially with such a bright coloured flower, so that there are no distractions, so this is good. The part of your flower that is closest to the camera lens is in good focus, tailing off to being out-of-focus at the back, a nice effect. I personally like the whole of my flowers to be in focus, in which case you would need a larger f-stop, as has already been suggested. In my modification, I tried to address what has already been said above, and my own feelings too. I have put the bottom of the stem out-of-frame so that the absence of the top of the flower looks intentional, because it is inside-the-frame......out and in, so to speak. You will see what I mean from the mod. I added canvas to bottom and left and cloned in the tip of the bottom petal as well as an extension of the stalk. I went over the entire background because it was a big patchy, and made it uniform. I cropped the right side to place the tip of the top petal into the corner. I lightened the image, deepened the shadows and highlights, adjusted the focus, added contrast, reduced the saturation a touch and sharpened. Then I worked on the frame and out-of-frame stalk. Hope you like it. It was a super image to work with.
Pamela.

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17 Nov 2008 - 10:38 PM

I think the colours are very good. You can contact me direct anytime via my website email www.robfalconerphotography.com

especially if u want to meet up for some landscapes

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