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I could get the chance to see this type of a flower outside the hotel late evening. I tried to capture the same . Please give your suggestions/remarks

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:105.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 100.8 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:18 Dec 2011 - 4:46 PM
Focal Length:105mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:yellow flakes flower
Username:bglimaye bglimaye
Uploaded:28 Dec 2011 - 8:08 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants
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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 12:10 PM

I think you needed a different viewpoint, or just a single bloom. There are too many petals causing confusion. I wonder why you used negative compensation - this is a bit under exposed, needing to be brighter - probably the correct exposure. You would be better with a smaller aperture to increase depth of field a background is not a problem - possibly some flash fill.

Paul

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 10:51 PM

This flower has spindly petals which are going in all directions, bg, and so you would need a smaller aperture in order to get more of them in focus. In this image, most of them are out of focus. (They look like a group of yellow snakes, like on Medussa's head, very interesting).
It's perfectly ok to just have a part of the flower in your frame, but I would suggest having the flower emanating from the bottom left corner (it somehow looks better) and for all of the petals to be inside the frame, not cut off at any point, with some space around them.
Pamela.

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