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I've tried something a little different from my usual canine shots.
Taken at Dunster Castle near minehead in the flower garden there.
It's a little too central I think but I would welcome pointers on taking this kind of shot in the future.
Thank you for looking
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I love this picture especially the colours..
It is a very good composition and the presentation is grand,love it.
Hello, Robert. It's good to move out of your comfort zone sometimes. You have nice colour detail on the dahlia and although the hoverfly is not in focus, I think its addition adds something to the image. I therefore don't think you need any advice on photographing flowers or on achieving a nicely blurred background. But I am not sure about shooting the flower against the building/church because I find my eyes going to that building and trying to make out what it is, when the flower should be the eyecatcher. I would prefer to see the dahlia against the lovely blue sky with no other distractions. I have done a modification where I cropped the top in order to remove the vertical lines at the top of the church, then added canvas to the right because I agree with you that the flower is too central. I adjusted highlights/shadows in order to lighten the church and sky. I then adjusted levels so that the flower became more prominent, lighter and brighter. There is a line of dark blue along the right side of the church which I used the clone tool on low opacity to lighten.
The flower is excellent but one of the hoverfly and church needs to go, I think. If you keep the church, you need to find a way of linking it to the flower; if you keep the hoverfly then, since the flower is facing slightly to the right, I think it would be better to have the fly facing to the left and approaching from he other side — an easy edit against the plain sky.
Since the flower is facing slightly to the right, I don't think it works being in the middle of the frame; it would feel more balanced offset to the left.
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