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Real Dew!
A truly perfect bloom.
Trying to get the feel of this single bloom one of many in the garden here in a photograph.

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony NEX-5
Lens:E 30mm F3.5 Macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Jun 2013 - 8:26 AM
Focal Length:30mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Rose Perfection
Username:charisma515 charisma515
Uploaded:15 Jul 2013 - 8:58 AM
Tags:Dew, Flowers & plants, Morning, Rose, Yellow
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debu
debu  4 India
15 Jul 2013 - 9:01 AM

Lovely colourful detailed image.
debu

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charisma515
15 Jul 2013 - 9:03 AM

Thank you Debu the comment is appreciated!

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Ted447
Ted447 e2 Member 180 forum postsTed447 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2013 - 9:04 AM

Great image not much wrong with that.TedGrinGrin

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 437 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2013 - 10:59 AM

Very nice detail to the centre of the rose. If you had moved slightly to your left, together with a little minus exposure compensation you might have got those little droplets of water in more detail as wellSmile.
Carole

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2013 - 9:13 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You have certainly captured the rose at its very best, Fred, and that's important in flower photography.
Yellow flowers are one of the trickiest to get right, and I always underexpose them in order to retain detail in the petals. Simply darkening your rose in my modification shows you what I mean. I also sharpened the droplets to emphasize them.
When you shoot a flower head-on, it often looks better in a squarish frame, simply because it's not facing in any particular direction. So I've cropped the image in my mod to show you how that looks.
You have nice detail in the centre, where the petal patterns are strong, and a diffused background, which looks good. A smaller aperture would have shown the outer petals of the rose in focus as well as the centre, but the depth of field on a flower is a very personal choice. It would also have included the droplets within your focused area, helping them to be more of an important element in the shot.
If you have a depth-of-field preview, this will allow you to check the focusing depth and you can preview the photo and check to see if you're happy with the sharpness on the camera's screen.
Some people feel that keeping everything in the image sharp means there’s no focal point and so they choose one spot of the subject and keep that sharp, and this type of selective focusing is very effective.
I like the inclusion of a few of the rose's leaves, and the fact that they're more in focus than the others in the background.
Pamela.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2983 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2013 - 11:31 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its a decent shot. Youve obviously tried to use the Rule of Thirds too.

With a single flower, a specimen, you often find that to showcase it, a square format works best, as it excludes all other distractions. Also, convert to the sRGB profile for the WEB, and dont use the Adobe RGB, - this only applies to Web images.

For a macro shot, you aperture is very wide, and needs to be smaller (larger number) to obtain increased depth of field. As it is, you have 0.2 feet in front and behind the front of the Rose, assuming 3 feet away, but it doesnt look quite like that, making me wonder where the camera actually focused. Its always best to use a single, rather than multiple focus points when shooting macro to be accurate with focusing.

The exposure is good, but as mentioned already, yellow is difficult to deal with, and in my experience, its all due to over saturation.

The mod I have uploaded, - very similar to Pamelajeans, has had the brightness increased a little, but the saturation of the yellow channel at -10.

The shot does require quite a bit of sharpening here on the site, - your original may be sharper. Look closely at the mod, and you will see detail in the petals, - those fine lines, that are not easy to see in your original.

I have added a frame just to fill out most of the 1000 pix, and to give an idea what a framed image could look like. View the mods large.


Hope this is helpful,



Regards



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 15 Jul 2013 - 11:35 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 9:01 AM

Quite a nice shot, well seen and executed. I would just place the bloom towards the left of the frame rather than the right, it balances better. Frame shape not an issue for me.

Unless your work is going to professional printing houses you should not use AdobeRGB at all. It has a wider colour gamut than sRGB and the screen, your printer, the TV and small scale printers, like the colour shop in ASDA cannot correctly interpret AdobeRGB.

Actually, it is often difficult to tell the difference, but the system will dump some of the colours and you have no control of which.

Paul

Last Modified By paulbroad at 16 Jul 2013 - 9:02 AM

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charisma515
16 Jul 2013 - 9:20 AM

Thank you Willie and Pamela, I really appreciate your comments and the modifications you both posted. Actually my original does look better on the screen and when printed. Thanks again

Fred

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2013 - 10:51 AM

Quite a nice shot, well seen and executed. I would just place the bloom towards the left of the frame rather than the right, it balances better. Frame shape not an issue for me.

Unless your work is going to professional printing houses you should not use AdobeRGB at all. It has a wider colour gamut than sRGB and the screen, your printer, the TV and small scale printers, like the colour shop in ASDA cannot correctly interpret AdobeRGB.

Actually, it is often difficult to tell the difference, but the system will dump some of the colours and you have no control of which.

Paul

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