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first let me thank you all for the kind comments and remark's on my daughter's image, Natalie was well pleased.
now i took this image on monday,i cropped it ,darkened the background and tried to take the shine off the petals, i think i failed there comments welcome

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Jun 2012 - 1:03 PM
Focal Length:85mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.000000
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:two in one
Username:williamsloan williamsloan
Uploaded:6 Jun 2012 - 12:06 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants
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RHSOldboy
RHSOldboy  7 Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2012 - 12:29 PM

A nicely captured image. Good colour and centre of interest appears to be reasonably sharp. Lighting rather flat. Suggest crop the top third of the image and also a large portion off the right hand side - this will centre interest on the insect and flower.
Keep up the good work!
Robert (RHSOldboy).

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2012 - 12:42 PM

A very eye catching shot: some good suggestions from Robert, and I would suggest that when capturing a large flower head like this it's worth avoiding loss of the petal tips as has happened here.
Ronnie.

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mhfore
mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2012 - 1:26 PM

Hi Billy,

I like what you've done to the background, it works for me but all that empty space on the right really needs to go (my opinion only). You could try it in portrait but I think a squarish crop would work better with a simple boarder round the image.

Billy boarders very easily added by going to "Image" > "Resize" > "Canvas Size" increase the the canvas which will in effect add a boarder by altering the sizes in the Width and Height boxes, making sure that you increase both the width & height by the same a mount.

To change the color of the added canvas, choose an option from the Canvas Extension Color menu and click OK.

In the mod I first increased the canvas and selected the colour white then I increased the canvas size again but this time selected the colour black.

Although i'm not a lover of boarders it can enhance some images. Have a play Billy.

Take care
Martin

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2012 - 2:01 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hello Billy, I have done a mod for You too, I have croppped away some of the bg to give a fuller frame, a lot of the bg was not needed, I rotated the image just slightly and altered the exposure and colour a little and finished with a sharpen, Hope you like it, but I do like Martins mod, looks great with the borderGrin
Diane

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2012 - 8:58 AM

A good effort here. The only real problem is composition - you needed to be much closer or crop to fill the frame with bloom and Damselfly.

Paul

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