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Come on mr metro see what you can do to make this better please

Brand:FUJIFILM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:25 Jun 2012 - 10:51 AM
Focal Length:4.2mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:summer flower
Username:Timpsonboy Timpsonboy
Uploaded:7 Jul 2012 - 5:57 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants
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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7100 forum postsTrev_B vcard England61 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2012 - 8:24 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Michael, there is not alot you can do to improve this shot in post production as you or more likely the camera has chosen the white spot on the leaf to focus on rather than the stamen of the flower. Your composition has not been helped by cropping the top of the flower.

When uploading images for critique make sure that they are sharp, there are ways to increase the probability of getting it right.

Use an aperture that will give you a DOF that will keep all of the flower in focus whilst blurring the background, on a DLSR f8 would go some way to achieving this, however it looks as if you are using a compact so try experimenting to see what you get.

Try a faster shutter speed as at 1/80sec you are likely to get camera shake.

If possible set you camera to spot focus and focus on the stamen, centre of the flower.

When you have the sharpness sorted.... concentrate on composition and there is alot on this site to point you in the right direction.

Trev

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Metro6R4
Metro6R4 e2 Member 3Metro6R4 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2012 - 10:01 PM

Tried my best Mick..........

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2012 - 8:48 AM

If your picture is out of focus, there is not a great deal one can do to improve it. Trev. has alluded to this and it is excellent advice.

When picturing flowers, you need to use a sturdy tripod to avoid camera shake unless you can make settings with a low ISO, fast shutter speed and a small aperture to get sufficient DoF. Most of the time that is no on.

You can see that in your picture the foliage to the bottom right is the sharpest place so you need to look at your focus settings as well: this is the wrong place.

There are lots of flower head pictures uploaded here in the CG so have a look at them and read the comments appended. I always suggest that you look at these before uploading, then think about the comments that will be made about your pic should you upload it as it is - then think about whether or not to upload now before addressing your picture again. Most times you will wait, so that means that you will upload a better picture and it will attract fewer comments but more helpful ones.

Frank

Last Modified By Focus_Man at 8 Jul 2012 - 8:49 AM

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Timpsonboy
8 Jul 2012 - 11:13 AM

Thanks to all who have commented .your advice is well taken on board.This is harder than it looks to a novice like me but i will keep trying .Thanks paul.will be sending more

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