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Wow thank you for the great response to my leaf image yesterday and to Dave (Whiterose1) for his UA.
Another of my abstract leaf images from Sunday. This one I cropped slightly to to get rid of the bottom half of the leaf. Apologies if I did not get to your image to vote yesterday but as I sat down to spend a few hours on epz last night,I ran out of data and only back from the shops now recharged.... I will try and catch up today....

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 - 11:51 AM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/10sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Sunny
Title:Up close
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:10 Apr 2013 - 9:57 AM
Tags:Close-up, Flowers & plants, Kirstenbosch gardens, Leaves
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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 9:59 AM

Nice presentation, Nice image, I like it a lot!!

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
10 Apr 2013 - 10:07 AM

I wondered where you were wasting your precious epz time Colleen Smile We are on MTN uncapped which is wonderful because we have three laptops and wherever we go and there is MTN reception we can go on Smile I like these images - especially the very green V2 !! You must have done well in your exam I am sure Smile

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 10:12 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A super set Colleen with V2 being the stand out image by a long long way. I would suggest that to improve your composition on V2 that is, the right hand side of the leaf would be a far better composition if you included the end in the frame. I would like to see this image again if possible with the whole leaf included....John

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2162 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 10:17 AM

Thanks John, only V1 is cropped, V2 and 3 are exactly like I took them, no alterations ,I just framed them in Picasa. We are not allowed to alter the images in any way for my exam as they want to see that we know what we are doing....yeah... Colleen

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32925 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 10:21 AM

Three beautifully captured closeups, the green providing a most refreshing appeal

Image number two is my particular favourite Colleen

Nathan Grin

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Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 10:34 AM

V2 definitely has the edge for me........................... Wasn't sure what you meant by ran out of data until I read Hermans comments................ Don't tell me you have slot meters for the internet GrinGrinGrinGrin

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Caziwinkles
10 Apr 2013 - 10:37 AM

Three fantastic images Colleen. The greens look so fresh and clear. Love V2 - can see that as a big canvas image in my conservatory! Wink

Carol

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 1Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 10:41 AM

3 great images Colleen, V2 for me, again simple but very effective images, well captured

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 10:58 AM

Another fine set, Colleen, with V.1 being my favourite. Carol

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 - 11:59 AM

Wonderful images, green is my favorite colour! My UA goes for V1! Well seen! Grin
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anglingandyq
10 Apr 2013 - 12:43 PM

SmileGreat images Colleen v2 for me though

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 12:49 PM

V2 for me too. lovely shot!
Diane

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
10 Apr 2013 - 12:51 PM

Three excellent images Colleen. Vi for me todaySmileSmile
Effrossini

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 3:11 PM

version 2 for me Colleen
regards Richard

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41029 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 3:30 PM

Three more detailed green images, Colleen. v2 has the strongest composition for me.

Dave

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 4:25 PM

Lovely Colleen the composition in V2 is spectacular GrinGrinGrin great set

Rod

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 - 4:47 PM

Great trio.....V2 great great...

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GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 4:50 PM

Wonderful set of great captures! V2 for me, Colleen.
George

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 5:17 PM

Beautiful green color.. I can't tell which one is the best, I think they are different intentions...

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 6:37 PM

Fantastic and lovely set of images,very well done,
saeid

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gwynn56
gwynn56  260 forum posts England
10 Apr 2013 - 7:00 PM

nice set though I do prefer v2Smile

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 7:37 PM

Three brilliant images Colleen - I do agree though that v2 is outstanding. First Class photography.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 7:44 PM

v2 for me, a perfect diagonal and lovely tones. I don't like the triangle on the right hand side in v1... but that is a matter of taste of course. V3 is beautifully soft and touching with that wee ant.

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2155 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 8:20 PM

Three brilliant imagesSmile
NettaSmile

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alistairfarrugia Critique Team 1164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 8:35 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Well done on these images. This will be a lengthy post because I believe there's a lot of potential here. I understand you cannot carry out much post-processing for the exam, but do consider this critique if you want to revisit these images post-your exam. All the comments below will take this into account.

Starting from v2... V2 is my favourite, but John's critique above is spot on - I think the missing edge there, excuse the pun, is the edge of the leaf. The composition would have improved if we could follow the leaf from the bottom left, follow the diagonal till the edge of the leaf and then maybe travel back towards the starting point by following the out of focus areas. Without the edge of the leaf, our eyes "end" the movement on the frame, and I don't think this is something you should aspire to.

Also, speaking of the frame, I would probably go for colours that are a bit more contrasting, at the very least in the inner colour. For instance, I prefer the colour choices made for the frame in V1, as the white portion separates the frame from the image, whilst the green complements it. In V2, however, this aspect is missing as both colours used in the frame are very similar to the subject matter. Coupled with the "edge of the leaf" issue above, this might detract from the quality of the final presentation, in my opinion of course. I think if you retake V2 and ensure that the composition includes the leaf's edge (on RHS), and adjust the frame colours to say white (internal) and green (external) or white/black for instance for added contrast, then the end-result would be a much better photo.

As regards V1, it's a well spotted abstract. I would also consider going lower and aiming the camera higher, trying to get those curled edges to look more 3D. Some creative use of lighting might also introduce a bit of shadow elements that help make the image "pop" a bit more. The frontal view doesn't permit this as much. Moreover, this approach would probably eliminate the diagonal in the background - we tend to follow lines but that line isn't helping much being on the RHS, going from top to bottom, and leading away from the subject. I would have tried to avoid such a line in the composition so as to retain attention on the "comb-like" effect that you clearly wanted to achieve with this image. Regardless, it's still a nice abstract.

Finally, as regards v3, I think if you revisit this image and carry out some minor post-processing, I would clone out that black dot in the middle as it is distracting, and I would finish off by rotating the image towards the right by a couple degrees (as necessary) to straighten the middle line. Potentially, I'd go for a square crop and position the vertical on a third, left or right, for a more abstract look. I like the texture on this one, and how the lines move across the leave in a shape similar to waves.

All in all, there's a LOT of potential in these images, and they're all well taken. With a little bit of care though, and in a context where you could do some post-processing, you will end up with an even better set, and I look forward to seeing such a set if you take up these suggestions and revisit this work.

Regardless of the above, well done and good luck on your exam, and hope you didn't mind my critique. Take care!

Alistair

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SUE118
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10 Apr 2013 - 8:57 PM

Very nicely taken and I love the colours and contours of the leaf.

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mauriceegan
10 Apr 2013 - 9:32 PM

Great images Colleen, really captures the clour and detail in the leaves
Maurice

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6519 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2013 - 11:45 PM

Of the three I like V2 the best, I like the focus fallen off toward the back end. - gary

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Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
11 Apr 2013 - 1:02 AM

Great set ,Colleen very well taken and presented.........Grin

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 5:29 AM

Lovely shades of soothing green.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 12:02 PM

Some helpful advice here Colleen - I particularly like v2
Helen

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2013 - 8:49 AM

I like V1 best.

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