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This is one of the climbing plants in my back garden. Every spring it produces these large flower heads (I've forgotten the name of the plant).

I didn't want to have harsh shadows so waited until the sun had moved and the plant was lit by gentle light.

I used the macro setting on my zoom lens. I wanted the center of the flower to be in focus and the petals to be soft so used a large aperture and set the AF area mode to single point.

I'd appreciate any comments, advice and mods.

Thanks

Elaine

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:1 Jun 2012 - 6:50 PM
Focal Length:180mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Climber
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:1 Jun 2012 - 9:22 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10903 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2898 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 7:49 PM

This is a Clematis, a beautiful flower to photograph.

You have the centre nicely shaper. The leaves are likely not as blurred as you wanted, but still nice, and this is due to the fact you were limited to f/5.6, and couldnt open the aperture more.


The centre can do with just a little more sharpening here, - Im sure the original is sharper, and in the mod Ive adjusted colour balance which gives it a warmer tone, - and cropped to place the centre on a third.


Its a very good effort, well done.



Hope this helps,



regards


Willie

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2344 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
2 Jun 2012 - 8:56 PM

Hi Willie,

You're right, I would have liked the leaves to be more blurred.

Thanks for your nice comments. Your crop looks better thank you, and I like the subtle improvement to the colour in your mod.

I'm really pleased you like the shot.

Kind Regards

Elaine

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8799 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1613 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2012 - 1:01 AM

A Nelly Moser clematis, Elaine, and very nice too. Mine grow to about 6-8 inches in diameter.
This is one of my favourite ways of photographing them.
I am so glad you were patient and waited until the light was right. Of course, you could always turn it to face the light, set up your camera on a tripod and use the remote timer, unless you are good at taking one-handed macrosTongue. The whites on these are easy to burn out if you have strong light.
You have done really well and produced an excellent result. Also, I applaud you for offsetting the centre in the frame.
Your background shows no distractions, and looks good in black. These do have those centre holes where the petals are quite narrow at the start, and I usually have to clone out bits that are showing through those holes. They do give a nice star shape to the centre though.
I have no doubt that you considered other angles, Elaine. If you want to fill the whole frame with petals, with no background showing, you can choose a more direct pov, i.e. from directly above, or with a slight angle, and this will also show the little white middle of the stamens.
Pamela.

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2344 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
3 Jun 2012 - 10:41 AM

Hi Pamela,

Thanks for giving your time and advice.

You've given me some great ideas for varying the shot, and I'll definitely take your advice on board.

I'll certainly try turning the flower to face the light as you suggest with my next attempt.

Thanks very much Pamela.

Cheers

Elaine

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