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Such a mild winter is even fooling the plants. This time for the last 2 years we have been in 2-3ft of snow, is this global warming??

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 Jan 2012 - 12:00 PM
Focal Length:35mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Life & Death
Username:Jazzyjack Jazzyjack
Uploaded:6 Jan 2012 - 11:49 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants
Votes:Voting Disabled
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Lynamick
Lynamick  12 United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 2:08 PM

Hi,
I like the thinking behind this image.
I do feel that although you have blurred the background it still lets the main subject looking a little tired. In my mod I have blurred the background a bit more and sharpened the main suject jist a little.
I hope this helps.
Michael

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Jazzyjack
Jazzyjack  373 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 2:17 PM

Michael, your are right. Blurring the background a little more makes the world of difference. Thankyou very much for your time doing the MOD and for your advice.

Regards Lee.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 6:27 PM

I like the image and particularly the colours, Lee, which combine well. So, you will be surprised that I have made the background mono in my modification. I thought the roses stood out better. I also adjusted levels and added a touch of sharpening. I can't help thinking it would be lovely to see one of the buds in full bloom, giving you 3 stages of development in one picture. Of course, the image would depict roses in winter if there were a dusting of snow or front upon them. With a bit of luck, some of that may still be possible. One minor niggle is the fact that the leaves are touching the bottom frame, and I'd like to have seen a bit more space there for them to be complete.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 6 Jan 2012 - 6:30 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 7:45 PM

The background is far too distinct as stated, but basically not ideal even more out of focus. The idea is good, but I would have preferred all the blooms, alive and dead, closer together. Then a closer viewpoint would help reduce depth.

Paul

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Jazzyjack
Jazzyjack  373 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 9:54 PM

Thank you for your comments guys. Paul, to have the blooms closer together would make for a better image and I would have loved for one of the buds to be in full bloom (maybe next week)

Pamela, thankyou very much for your MOD but I'm not too keen on the mono background. Hopefully we will have snow or even frost soon so that the buds can be depicted in winter.

The image does require sharpening (my bad) something I will work on.

Thank you so much for your feedback.

Regards Lee.

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