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An image i captured which has little in the was of editing only some work using clone stamp tool to remove a few blemishes on the petals, a little work with levels to bring the image up. A little work using the sponge tool to soften the lighting on one or two aspects also a vignette to focus the attention a little more on the main subject and finally a little sharpening.

Camera:EOS 400D
Lens:Sigma 18-250m
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Peace Lily
Username:rhys47 rhys47
Uploaded:1 Jan 2011 - 1:57 PM
Tags:Flower, Flowers & plants, Lily, Peace
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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
1 Jan 2011 - 2:52 PM

Good work to end up with a nice detailed close up.

Len

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bfgstew
bfgstew  8668 forum posts England105 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2011 - 3:19 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

All in all a pleasing image but it does have a couple of issues that can be/could be simply rectified.
Firstly the top is not in frame! Check when composing your shot it is in the frame fully.
Secondly, the lighting is a bit on the strong side, looking at the shot it seems like natural daylight from the right? Close the curtains and use a desk lamp with a sheet of greaseproof paper over the end to diffuse it slightly, or if your lucky enough, a softbox, this will illiminate sufficiently without causing overexposure on sensitive/delicate areas.
Lastly, composition, I feel there is more to be had with this flower rather than just straight on as you have here, try different angles and rotations to try get the best out of the subject
I hope this helps in some small way?
Regards
Stewart

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2867 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2011 - 4:48 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

First thing that strikes me about this image Rhys is the background.

It clashes quite a lot with the flower itself, and the image would look better with a complementary colour as the BG.

The flower itself is quite nice, but appears to have perhaps too much softness, bordering on a glow, - which if intentional works, but doesnt work for me. There is also a bright stripeed part of the flower at the back of the stem that draws the eye.

I have loaded 2 mods.

I replaced the BG in both. This is easy to do, - make a layer copy, select image>adjustments>replace colour, and select the background. Use the hue, saturation and lightness sliders to get a background that works.

I also applied some small grunge and crack brushes to the background for some detail.

The composition is a little too central, so I cropped sopme space from the left, and added canvas to the right, and tilted the flower a little.

The rest of the mod darkens the flower a little using a layer/multiply blend. V2 has a soft diffuse glow distortion filter applied.




Hope this is helpful,


regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 1 Jan 2011 - 4:49 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom853 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2011 - 9:45 PM

This is actually quite nice as presented - modern pub wall stuff. You say little editing then record a long list of edits! Think it works better slightly soft with a glow than pin sharp.

paul

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