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I just thought this looked very attractive as I walked in the woods. I wanted to capture the flower in detail with the buds around it but wanted the background to be none intrusive taken with Canon 7D and 300mm + 1.4

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF300mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 Jun 2012 - 4:48 PM
Focal Length:420mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Bramble Blossom
Username:MariaElaine MariaElaine
Uploaded:6 Feb 2013 - 2:13 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants
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Briwooly
Briwooly  8452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 2:42 PM

Think it's done what you wanted Maria nice detail with the flower and buds and a none intrusive background with just a hint of detail.

Brian.....................

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devlin
devlin  4651 forum posts India39 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 4:51 PM

I quite like the shot, its been well taken and composed. I just feel it could do with a little more impact so have adjusted the contrast and and cropped it tighter filling up the frame.

Hope this helps.

Cheers

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Rhoadesy
Rhoadesy  2
6 Feb 2013 - 4:57 PM

Thanks, yes I like what have done.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8754 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1587 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 8:33 PM

You have achieved your aim, Maria, and I like the way devlin has cropped it in his modification.
I particularly like your "Cyclamen Bud" in your portfolio.
Flowers like this bramble blossom, taken face on, and with some symmetry, usually do look good in the centre of a squarish frame, rather than being offset.
The little buds are a fine addition, the stamens are nice and sharp, the light and exposure on the white petals is good, and you have some nice detail in the petals too.
Pamela.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10818 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2820 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 8:56 PM

An attractive shot Maria. It really has no business being this good, and the shutter speed is way too slow unless you used a tripod or very solid support.


Not a lot to suggest, - I would brighten is slightly, not so far as has been done, and would adjust midtones and sharpen for more detail.



Well done,



regards



Willie

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MariaElaine
6 Feb 2013 - 10:26 PM

Thanks for all the help. I was using a tripod I find I can't hold the camera as steady as I would like, so I have to take the tripod wherever I go, which s a pain.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2013 - 9:08 AM

Just needs brightening a bit and may be a touch of smart sharpen. But you had to be using a tripod, and you say you were. Rather 'over tooled' for the job. You have thus done quite well, and possibly the 1.4 converter allowed you to get a decent image size. f11 and a burst of flash, possibly.

Paul

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MariaElaine
7 Feb 2013 - 9:33 AM

Thanks Paul, will try that.

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