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When I took this I had no idea what it was. I have since been informed Grin
I took the shot because i liked the effect in the viewfinder and I like the shot for no other reason than that it makes me stop to look at it each time I view it.
I hope you like it

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 May 2009 - 4:42 PM
Focal Length:28mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/45sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
Title:A Cornflower Head
Username:strokebloke strokebloke
Uploaded:14 Oct 2012 - 7:17 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants, General, Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
14 Oct 2012 - 7:22 AM

Indeed an attention grabber this is ! Elegant and colourful - well captured and presented Smile

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strokebloke
14 Oct 2012 - 7:32 AM

Thank you Herman. And like your shots, straight out of the camera. Wink

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2012 - 9:34 PM

The subject is lovely, Jack, no wonder you like it.
However, there is very little of the flower in focus. A smaller aperture would have sorted that. As long as the centre is sharp, the rest isn't as important. Your aperture was fine to diffuse the background, though.
This flower has bits and pieces pointing in all directions, and so there will be parts that are on different focal planes, causing sharpness in some areas and not in others. You will see that your camera has focused on the ends of the stamens, but not on the part of the flower behind them.
There is always a temptation to get in really close, but I have found that stepping back can help, and you can then get the whole of the flower in the frame, and crop afterwards if necessary.
Pamela.

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strokebloke
15 Oct 2012 - 7:33 PM

Thank you Pamela. This sort of wisdom is precisely why I made my request to you. Very much appreciated. Smile

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