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I captured it a couple of weeks ago, its autumn here and its hardly to find flowers. I just saw it and took it. But I did some crop. I would be happy if some guide me more about it.

Camera:Canon IXUS 240 HS
Lens:5 *IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Flower
Username:wajid wajid
Uploaded:13 Dec 2012 - 1:23 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants
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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 3:54 PM

Probably quite a pretty flower head to see in real time, here I feel that the composition could do with a bit of TLC. I am not too keen on the cut or broken shoots nor the diagonal one down in the bottom RH corner. I feel that the head alone would make the better subject.

As EXIF has failed to upload I am not able to assess the canmera settings, but feel I should add that I would have liked to see a much sharper head. I have uploaded a mod to show how I feel the composition could be adjusted to good advantage.

Frank

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pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 5:18 PM

On the positive side, Wajid, you have a nice angle on the flower and the background colours are nicely diffused.
However, you need to focus on the flower head. The hairs on the flower stem are sharper than the stamens here.
It's usually worthwhile doing a bit of "gardening" prior to shooting, moving intrusive stems and foliage away from your chosen subject, unless of course they enhance the image, which a little foliage sometimes can.
You say that you have cropped this already, but getting your composition right in-camera is always the best option. But without knowing your camera settings, it's difficult to guide you here.
You can find a short tutorial on flower photography here.
Pamela.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 6:47 PM

No EXIF but a nice simple composition. You have two faults. The image is a full stop over exposed and I suspect you used the flash. The image of the bloom needs to be very sharp and I fear it is not. May be camera shake, poor autofocus or a flash/ambient double image?

Paul

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SH87
SH87  2 England
14 Dec 2012 - 3:56 PM

I like the idea of the shot, the composition of it may have been improved if the shot had been taken from slightly higher to show a little bit more of the flower head and also leveling the shot to the brackground would have removed a distraction for me.

Simon

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