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Just aquired my new lens, the Sigma 50mm 1.4 and playing around with its extremely good low light capabilities. Btw haven't posted for a while and now I'm getting back into photography I thought I might put a few up.

Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:Sigma 50mm f1.4
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Petal Lights
Username:SMY7H SMY7H
Uploaded:17 Jan 2011 - 6:56 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Landscape / travel, Night / low light, Sigma 50mm f1.4, Still life
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DiazSprite
17 Jan 2011 - 6:59 PM

Very clear and crisp ..... well done!!
Marius

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10821 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2821 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2011 - 11:17 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Certainly looks like the new lens is performing well.


Its a very nice low light shot, attractive and sharp with very pleasing tones.


I would suggest to crop into an 8 X 10 format to place the focal points on thirds by taking space from the top; very slightly tone down the highlights in the centres (highlight tool in CS4); and though quite sharp, it can stand a small amount of added sharpening.


All done in the mod, and I hope you find this constructive and helpful.

Now go print it and hang it on a wall!


regards


Willie

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Grampy
Grampy  4507 forum posts England71 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2011 - 6:19 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like this but for me there is too much at the top of the image I can see why you've done it but is the length of whispy stem worth all that background ? I have shortened it as you see from the mod while keeping your tall crop, just one other thing worries and that's the area of black in the lower part of the second flower which I presume is the socket, maybe you could have reduced this a bit by changing the angle slightly or turning the petal slightly towards you .
I hope all this helps and good luck with your lens.
Phillip

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SMY7H
SMY7H  8
18 Jan 2011 - 9:33 AM

Thanks Willie and Phillip for the mods and critiques. The new crops really do make a big difference.
Thanks
Mark

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2011 - 11:18 AM

I like the idea, but the burn out spoils it for me. At least one stop less exposure needed, possibly more. I assume you played with exposure compensation on such an image. There is a crisp plane of sharpness, but the low light and corresponding wide aperture have made it a bit too tight I think.

Fast lenses are best for grab shots in low light. Realise you were testing here, but I would have gone for a tripod, manual metering to deal with highlights and a smaller aperture to increase depth.

Paul

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avramionut
avramionut  10 Romania
22 Jan 2011 - 10:27 PM

i like it just as is.
and yes, you need a wall to hang it ... Wink

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