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Please can you help me!

I'm happy with the colour, DOF (until you tell me what's wrong!) but I just cant get the crop right. The photo was taken at this angle but I just cant seem to make my mind up on orientation and cropping.

Any idea's or mods will be greatly appreciated! (and the name of the flower!).

Oh, I used my new Kenko extension tubes on this one, the flower was about 4 mm across!

Thanks in advance

Andy

Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:105.0 mm f/2.8 + 12+20+36 extension tubes
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.1
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Stamen
Username:Andy_Cundell Andy_Cundell
Uploaded:29 Jun 2011 - 8:23 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants
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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2011 - 8:43 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Andy
This is a great micro shot of this very small flower. Focus & DOF spot on. I agree the composition is not quite right, surprising how it plays such a part in macro work.
As regards the crop I feel it needs more space in front of the flower.
The orientation maybe clockwise about 45 degs.
The angle could be more across the plain of the petals whilst still allowing a full view of the stamens.
Did you use a tripod because a lower shutter speed would have allowed a lower ISO, I think noise is showing.
I was interested to see this image made using a 105 mm lens and tubes.
Good work
Ian

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rambler e2 Member 6474 forum postsrambler vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2011 - 11:33 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think it would work better in portrait mode, rotate clockwise and add more space on the right hand side.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2867 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2011 - 12:28 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Andy, - youre question is about framing and composition, so I will add my input based only on that, - and support all the good advice provided above.

I have loaded a mod to show exactly what I mean.

The flower is very cramped in the frame. In addition, the background colour is quite strong and intense, which is competing with the flower itself.

Its needs more space, a lighter and less intense background, a little more sharpening of the stamens, and to brighten it overall, a lighter coloured border. The flower ideally should be rotated so its coming out near a corner, reaching diagonally toward the other corner, with the stamens close to a third.


Take a look at the mod and let me know if that hits the spot for you.


regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 30 Jun 2011 - 12:30 AM

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Andy_Cundell
30 Jun 2011 - 8:02 AM

Thank you Very much for your comments and time! Grin I knew it didnt look right, but couldn't put my finger on it!

Yours


Andy C

Edited to say: Yeah, I've noticed the 1600 ISO, I must admit I had the camera on manual ISO *slaps hands*!

Last Modified By Andy_Cundell at 30 Jun 2011 - 8:05 AM

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