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I found this leaf at work and thought it would make a good subject. Again I have struggled with composition and would welcome any advice or alternatives.
All comments regarding any element of the shot most welcome.
f/3.6, 1/80s, ISO 80

Thanks,
Phil

Camera:Panasonic TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Dead Leaf
Username:Philo Philo
Uploaded:9 Jul 2010 - 1:51 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants
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Gid
Gid  4
9 Jul 2010 - 1:58 PM

clever i like it
gill

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BarryC123
BarryC123  643 forum posts Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 3:41 PM

I love the depth of colour in this, and the detail, and the simplicity of the black background.
As for composition, by which I assume you mean the leaf's placement and orientation, it seems perfect to me.
To be honest, the only thing i could think of criticising would be the framing - a much thinner gold border would look great, I think.

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 472 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 5:22 PM

Thanks for the comments guys, I'm still experimenting with frames.
Phil

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pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1598 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 9:46 PM

Hi, Phil. Such a lovely subject, all those bright colours and holes, it's on the verge of becoming a skeleton. I am assuming, though am not 100% sure, that the end of the leaf is top right and that the stem would have been bottom left. As such, I would have had space top and right instead of bottom and left, so that the leaf is "pointing" into that space. I have done a modification where I rotated the leaf clockwise so that the diagonal of the centre almost goes corner to corner, then altered the space as suggested above. I did a few frames as suggestions, but I quite like my V3 frame where the leaf goes over the edge. In this one I also adjusted levels and sharpened.
Pamela.

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 472 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 10:50 PM

Thanks Pamela, I actually meant for the leaf to hang from the top right and point into space but as you have quite correctly pointed out the stem would be on the opposite end. At least I got the idea right! Great mods as always but I especially like V3 as it seems to leap out of the screen more.
Cheers,
Phil

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