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This house plant shows it's happy when it produces dew internally.

I'm being a little naughty here Blush, our camera club assignment for next month is Macro Photography of plants/vegetation/rocks. Not sure how well this will do, so let me know what YOU think.

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix G2
Lens:Raynox DCR-150 with Panasonic 14-42mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 Jan 2014 - 1:12 PM
Focal Length:42mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/5sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Happy Plant
Username:psu68 psu68
Uploaded:13 Jan 2014 - 8:38 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants
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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2014 - 10:16 PM

I feel the tension in this image---that drop is about to drip!
Great timing!

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pablophotographer

Ooooops; you ain't going to like this, lol

Lighting wise: boring. If you shoot indoors try to shoot near a window on a bright day. I see the window but it looks far and it's a cloudy day too. Get the pot moved. I hope it isn't heavy.

Colour wise: dull. The colour will benefit as well from some light. Colour is a reaction to light afterall. To win you must excite, vibrant colours can get people excited.

Composition wise: heavy. Crop 1/3rd of the left side of the frame. Most of the green background is a distraction, keep just a tiny green hint of you want. The little droplet appears just in front of another stem, if that's what you get shooting from left to right try placing your camera (and tripod) on the right and shoot towards the left, but don't obstruct the light!

Probably the judges will like the next picture of the happy plant you'll take Smile

kindly,
pablophotographer

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7433 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1018 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2014 - 10:31 AM

My thoughts are more or less as above. There needs to be more sparkle to give a sense of life to this, and the water drop needs to be more important in the frame. There's the basis for an interesting abstract here, abstract with macro detail... shall we say. I do like the soft greens bottom left, and the two soft stems on the right, they are the interest here for me as the image stands. I would go for a much tighter crop, and try to add a bit of brightness.

I'll have a play with this and maybe upload a Mod.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 14 Jan 2014 - 10:32 AM

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psu68
psu68  1 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2014 - 3:29 PM


Quote: I feel the tension in this image---that drop is about to drip!
Great timing!

Thanks Jennn - your comment is very encouraging as that is exactly the story I was looking to convey to the viewer. The plant tends to "sweat" on the surface of the leaves and then under the right circumstances forms droplets which may or may not drip off of the end of the leaf.

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psu68  1 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2014 - 3:42 PM


Quote: Ooooops; you ain't going to like this, lol

Lighting wise: boring. If you shoot indoors try to shoot near a window on a bright day. I see the window but it looks far and it's a cloudy day too. Get the pot moved. I hope it isn't heavy.

Colour wise: dull. The colour will benefit as well from some light. Colour is a reaction to light afterall. To win you must excite, vibrant colours can get people excited.

Composition wise: heavy. Crop 1/3rd of the left side of the frame. Most of the green background is a distraction, keep just a tiny green hint of you want. The little droplet appears just in front of another stem, if that's what you get shooting from left to right try placing your camera (and tripod) on the right and shoot towards the left, but don't obstruct the light!

Probably the judges will like the next picture of the happy plant you'll take Smile

kindly,
pablophotographer

Thanks Pablo..... 3 great teaching points. I'll just say that from the lighting standpoint, the image was shot the way you recommended - very near a west facing window (3-4ft.) on a bright sunny day with the blinds raised and from right to left so as not to block the light. During PP, I reduced the brightness which seems to be going in the wrong direction. Thanks for taking the time to comment - very much appreciated.
Art

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psu68  1 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2014 - 3:51 PM


Quote: My thoughts are more or less as above. There needs to be more sparkle to give a sense of life to this, and the water drop needs to be more important in the frame. There's the basis for an interesting abstract here, abstract with macro detail... shall we say. I do like the soft greens bottom left, and the two soft stems on the right, they are the interest here for me as the image stands. I would go for a much tighter crop, and try to add a bit of brightness.

I'll have a play with this and maybe upload a Mod.
Moira

Thanks Moira --- I really like the idea behind your modification and the mod. itself. My camera allows shooting at 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, and 16:9. Obviously this was shot 1:1, but I actually have other images at 3:2 and I am going to take another look. Very much appreciate your time and effort (a picture is worth a 1000 words) and your mod. is very helpful.

Art

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paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2014 - 5:38 PM

Will not do well, I fear. You need a much larger image of the droplet and some decent lighting to give brightness and a twinkle. You need some light.

Flash is best fir macro in my opinion, but you need external guns for this type of think. If you have access to couple of decent LCD torches, use these. One from the front, one from the rear but just out of frame. You then need to be much closer to gain impact and an aperture of at least f11. Better f16.

Strength and impact are your targets.

Paul

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psu68  1 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2014 - 11:09 PM


Quote: Will not do well, I fear. You need a much larger image of the droplet and some decent lighting to give brightness and a twinkle. You need some light.

Flash is best fir macro in my opinion, but you need external guns for this type of think. If you have access to couple of decent LCD torches, use these. One from the front, one from the rear but just out of frame. You then need to be much closer to gain impact and an aperture of at least f11. Better f16.

Strength and impact are your targets.

Paul

Thanks for your input about the lighting Paul and your thoughts on how to go about it. I always prefer natural light as opposed to flash but I'm going to give it a try even though I'm very short on experience or equipment in this arena. Your time and thoughts are very much appreciated.

Art

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Psu I think you would need to bring it two or three inches close to the window and have the morning (10am) sun shining on it, or the afternoon one (2pm). If you want drama, go for direct sunlight on it. The water droplet can be replicated manually. Does it have to be water??? What else is clear, running but more sticky??? (whistles)

UHUHAHA
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psu68  1 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2014 - 3:09 PM


Quote: Psu I think you would need to bring it two or three inches close to the window and have the morning (10am) sun shining on it, or the afternoon one (2pm). If you want drama, go for direct sunlight on it. The water droplet can be replicated manually. Does it have to be water??? What else is clear, running but more sticky??? (whistles)

Thanks again Pablo... for your comment. Actually, this plant dictates the timing of the shot - it only produces these droplets
when the environment it is just right so moving it around is futile, and would also cause them to fall once spotted. I am going to try adding some additional lighting in the form of an intense LED the next time I spot the droplets. Hopefully that will add a sparkle to the composition. Thanks again for your interest and time.

Art

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