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Thank you for the great response to my leaves photography. This is from the same days outing... a dead agapanthus, I thought it still looked striking...like an umbrella stripped of its covering.
A big thank you to Chinga and Sue118 for their UA's. It meant the world to me as these images are my final exam for my course...I get results this evening....I may do well after allGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:55-200mm f/4-5.6 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 Apr 2013 - 9:35 AM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Sunny
Title:Still striking
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:11 Apr 2013 - 6:19 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Kirstenbosch gardens
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
11 Apr 2013 - 6:27 AM

I thought Isabel [ Chinga] would love those delicious green images Colleen Smile Two lovely images - with V1 close to an abstract feel !! very well done - and I believe your results tonight will be awesome Smile

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 6:41 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Colleen. They booth look fantastic and your so called instructors should be more than happy with your results after such a short time. Your Bg are both well out of focus and nicely done for a beginner.Couple of small points. Again with this type of photography, either its very close or you show the whole plant but as I said yesterday on both images the are just running out of the frame but that is easy to correct so next time just frame your subject in the view finder and take a little time to ensure all of it is in the frame. Without getting technical because I dont think your ready for the Photo Mumbo Jumbo that you have found so rightly confusing. But a little bit darker would improve the color saturation of both images, so just bear that in mind next time. Good luck for tonight and I am sure you will do better than most as you have been improving so well over the past month. Photography is a huge subject and prone to opinion so dont worry about what they say as long as the basics are correct and most importantly , you are happy with your own work. Good luck....John

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 7:03 AM

Some good points made by John above, Colleen, I wish you all the best for good results tonight, I'm sure you will pass with flying colours Smile. Two more great images, showing that a flower doesn't have to be in bloom to have its own appeal. Carol

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11 Apr 2013 - 7:31 AM

Fingers crossed for this evening, hope all goes well.

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Caziwinkles
11 Apr 2013 - 8:02 AM

Colleen with images like this you will pass your exam easy-peasy! Good luck and well done on today's images. Superb! Smile

Carol

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
11 Apr 2013 - 8:36 AM

I like the way you have captured the images, Colleen. Both are excellent. Good luckSmileSmileSmile
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barbarahirst
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11 Apr 2013 - 8:38 AM

good luck for tonight .....
you will be just fine

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 - 8:45 AM

Great take

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sweetpea62 e2 Member 3sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 8:49 AM

A great shot and good luck..Lin

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digital_boi
11 Apr 2013 - 8:54 AM

good day Colleen at last found some time to visit your PF this has fine detail and dof I do hope you do did well in last nights exam and thanks for your kind comments on my efforts it is much appreciated and in answer to your question it was not a swimmer but a mooring buoyWink

GrahamGrin GrinGrin

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 9:30 AM

Nice shot again Colleen Grin I think John said it all actually , hope the exam went well Grin

Rod

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alistairfarrugia Critique Team 1164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 9:55 AM

Have to agree with John - look at the exam as a means to an end and you'll be fine. Keep learning, keep asking for help and comments and you'll keep on improving. But remember, the ultimate criticism comes from you - make sure you like the work you're doing and if that's there, then you keep on shooting and enjoying this wonderful hobby.

For me, V1 is better composed and presented, so that gets my vote. Keep up the effort and good work Colleen.

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richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 10:00 AM

Both super images!! The totally diffused bg's help the heads to stand out!! I like them a lot!! V1 just edges it for me, but only just!!!!

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prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 10:19 AM

a fine presentation.

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 1Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 11:46 AM

2 great images Colleen, hope you do well in your exam. SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


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Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 11:55 AM

I have great confidence in your potential.............. these shots are great, their simplicity makes them.

Tish

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helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 11:58 AM

v2 for me today - and I hope you get some encouraging results today SmileSmile
Helen

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ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 12:27 PM

Great image, good luck in your exam i'm sure you will do wellSmileSmileSmile

Ali

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11 Apr 2013 - 1:31 PM

Two super images Colleen, you should score well with these.
Regards, Alf.

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NDODS e2 Member 32885 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 1:37 PM

Firstly good luck with your forthcoming examination, I am confident that you will do well, your work certainly speaks volumes

Secondly two interesting compositions each with the own unique selling points. For me however I feel that image 2 is the more pleasing.

Nathan

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TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 5:26 PM

Two lovely close-ups, Colleen, can't pick a fave, like 'em both equally Wink
Good luck with the exam! Smile
Trev Smile

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netta1234 e2 Member 2146 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 5:47 PM

This is a great set of lovely images.
I wish you all the best for this evening.
Will you let us know tomorrow,I'd say that you've got nothing to worry aboutSmile
NettaSmileSmile

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gary_d e2 Member 6519 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 7:11 PM

Very good advice about checking whats in the view finder, I tend to leave room around my subject as you can always crop slightly post capture but you can not add in something you miss.

Best of luck with the exam results. - gary

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mauriceegan
11 Apr 2013 - 8:48 PM

Two super images Colleen, like them both, best of luck this evening
Maurice

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11 Apr 2013 - 9:01 PM

Good advice given
and a good two images
Lillian

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JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 9:29 PM

Two fine shots esp. V1.
Hope you did well this evening.
Ju

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gallero
gallero e2 Member 3gallero vcard Venezuela
12 Apr 2013 - 4:23 AM

Excelente fotografía.

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