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Fairly basic stuff. Hand held with OS on and focal length about 200mm (320mm) ISO400. A row of Tulips in my in-laws garden. Looked good as I got out of the car, so took a few shots. Intending for this bllom to stand out with sharp droplets where it mattered?

Would have liked a bit of back light, but none available.

EOS 7D with 18/250 Sigma OS. About 1/350 @ f8.

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:18/250 Sigma OS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:After a Shower.
Username:paulbroad paulbroad
Uploaded:18 Apr 2012 - 3:04 PM
Tags:Droplets, Flowers & plants, Rain., Shower, Tulip, Water
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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41267 forum posts United Kingdom203 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 3:23 PM

You seem to have most of the droplets around the rim of the flower, and these stand out well, but the light is in the wrong place to capture them on the front, and I can only see a few small ones.

The out of focus background doesn't allow the main subject to stand out because the colour is too vibrant. A plain green background would be far more sympathetic and add impact, though the shot is exposed ok and sharp enough.
Getting closer with a wider angle would have helped blur the background more, as would a larger aperture, though the colour would still have been there.
As the light seems predominently from the back right, a white reflector front left (at about 45 deg) would have lightened the front of the bloom and allowed more delicate structure to be seen.

In shots like this, it is good practice to move around the bloom and see what it looks like from various angles - if you need to move anything to make it better, then so be it!

Nick

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DeeWee
DeeWee  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 3:35 PM

I love it- but then am partial to flower pics! Love the 'droplets', vibrant colour of the tulip and shallow depth of field. I would be very proud if I had taken a pic as good as this! Thanks for the inspiration.Smile
Dee

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 5:03 PM

Thanks for the comments. As I said, a fairly basic shot which could have been a bit better, although getting closer with a wide angle will not necessarily make the background more blurred but might actually do the opposite. You can't see many droplets on the front because they are not there.

Paul

Last Modified By paulbroad at 18 Apr 2012 - 5:06 PM

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NDODS e2 Member 43684 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 5:06 PM

A beautiful flower, fantastic colour, great detail, superbly captured. Love the raindrops, and the opening narrative.

Regards Nathan

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mhfore
mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 7:58 PM

Hi Paul,

Have you thought about a crop on the right hand side which will not only place the stem in the middle but also remove some of that dead area ? I know your aware of high pass so I've added 0.9 and "Hard Light" to make the droplets pop a little.

Take care

Martin

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SueEley
SueEley  8271 forum posts Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 9:41 PM

I think maybe cropping in more closely on the main bloom (and possibly using a square crop) might minimise the distractions. But it's a nice shot!

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41267 forum posts United Kingdom203 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 8:44 AM

Just done a quick calculation, comparing 200mm at 2m to 50mm at 0.5m (image same size in frame, aperture the same f/8). Depth of field is approximately the same, but the perspective will change as you've moved closer to the subject, making the background relatively further from the tulip, and thus less imposing in the frame.

Nick

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2012 - 7:20 AM

Like both the mods. Just shows how many images are available from one shot! The background issue is interesting and I naturally accept the comments. The shot was taken to include the background to show there were a lot of blooms with just one isolated - so it's a case of are they distractions or not? Both yes and no are correct depending on preference.

Paul

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