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I was out on my bike along the river and needed a rest so I decided to have a go at some flower heads. After several failed attempts I resorted to pulling off a head (don't tell anyone) and placing it on my bike in a position that allowed me to lay down and rest my elbows on the floor. As I was laying there 3 giddy dogs pounded on me. After their owner retrieved them I got back down and eventually got a decent shot.
Macro's aren't as easy as they look, I really do need a tripod!
I have tried to work within the rule of thirds but have found it quite challenging. I would appreciate any feedback and/or ideas how I could compose or crop the images differently.
The shots have not been modified in software apart from cropping and changing background.
Thanks,
Phil

Camera:Panasonic TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:All White
Username:Philo Philo
Uploaded:1 Jul 2010 - 6:30 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants
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OliPackwood
1 Jul 2010 - 6:36 PM

Two lovely shots. On number 2 the bottom of the flower seems to stop before the bottom of the picture, and I think that it should reach the bottom.

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PauloNascimentoPhotography

Three great shots, V3 was my FAV., well done!
Paulo

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andymark
andymark  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2010 - 8:21 PM

love them all but for me it v2 love it

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digital_boi
1 Jul 2010 - 8:27 PM

V3 for me still texture in the the whites

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pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1598 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2010 - 10:10 PM

I like your narrative, Phil. If all else fails, pick the flower, why not? You don't give your camera settings, but V1 looks a lot different to V3. The centre of V3 has more detail and is sharper, but the petals are more blurred than V1. I assume you used different apertures for different depths of field. It's not easy to keep detail in white petals, but you've done well. In my modification, I took V1 and cropped tighter, to the left and bottom, then added canvas to the other two sides to make it 1000pixels square. I adjusted highlights, shadows and levels to brighten the image without losing petal detail, selectively sharpened the centre and added a frame to "hold it together". I also took the liberty of repairing the little bit of damage to one of the petals near the centre. You did a good job with the background, and I think your presentations are fine, I just liked it a bit tighter.
Pamela.

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Philo e2 Member 472 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2010 - 10:39 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone and it's nice to see people liking different versions.
Phil

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2010 - 11:18 AM

three nice flower shots showing skill. No. 1 does have a compositional issue - I would prefer the flower centre on the top right third - like portraits - and this is a portrait, you have composed with the flower looking out of the picture.

The rule of thirds, whilst there to be broken, is simple to understand - just four strong points in any frame where the main subject is best placed.

Paul

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