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A photo of a passion flower that I took at a local park. I would have preferred a background with leaves because the column does NOT look very nice.

Camera:Kodak Easyshare M340
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Passion Flower
Username:Aquafresca Aquafresca
Uploaded:24 Aug 2009 - 6:15 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants
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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84282 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2009 - 7:03 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Sam, welcome to EPZ.

A gorgeous initial upload - Passion Flowers are so beautiful. As you say, it's a shame it's against a post. Were you in your own garden you could place a piece of card behind to separate it - not so easy in a public garden, you have to take it as it comes. I think you've caught it beautifully, the details are wonderful and I love the colours. I think the only thing you could do now (if you wanted to have a plain background) is to adjust it on an editing programme (personally I use Photoshop Elements 4, rather dated now, but it still works! Smile). There are programmes you can download free off the internet. This would allow you to select the flower and completely change the background.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1599 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2009 - 4:50 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hello, Sam, and welcome to EPZ. You say the passion flower doesn't look good against the column, and I agree, because the column is almost the same colour as the flower, so the flower doesn't have a lot of definition. Look at the difference in the few petals that are against the darker background. You have, however, managed to capture some nice detail, especially in the centre of the flower. The flower is quite central in the frame, and a crop to the left would rectify that. I chose the left because I like the leaves along the right side of the frame. Considering it is obviously a sunny day, you did well to hold the exposure on such a light coloured flower. However, the sun has caused there to be strong shadows upon the petals, especially at the bottom, and I would have been tempted to tilt it upwards a little so that the light was more uniform. If you like outdoor flower photography, get a few pegs to carry with you so that you can alter the angles of your chosen specimens and also pin back intruding foliage. As to the background, Karen's idea of some card is a good one. Don't worry, I've done this in a public garden, and have also pinned some material behind flowers. You get a few odd looks, but you are not damaging the specimens at all. My partner came up with an excellent idea, using some A4 coloured card, cut from halfway along one side into the centre and then make a small circular hole at the end of your cut. This can carefully be placed behind any flower, with the stem through the hole, and it stays there, so that you can use both hands on the camera instead of one holding the flower. Ingenious!
Pamela.

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Paree
Paree  9594 forum posts3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 5:07 PM

this is EXCELLENT
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foxtolbot  5 United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2009 - 8:02 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Lovely first initial upload,

i would of taken it on to photo shop and masked out the flower and taken everything bar the flower and made it black that might have brought it out.

with most cameras these days there is the macro setting and you might of taken the camera closer for a more intersting look.

an my last critic is that you have a lot of space at the top of the image, you may have just wanted to taken the camera down a bit so there was even space between.

ill upload a photoshop edit on the flow to show you what the image would of look like if it was blacked out in the bg.

James

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