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recent pic up for crit taken at recent orchid show in Glasgow how can it be improved

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 May 2014 - 1:24 PM
Focal Length:60mm
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:bloomin heck
Username:youmightlikethis youmightlikethis
Uploaded:3 Jun 2014 - 4:02 AM
Tags:550D 60MM MACRO FLOWERS MAY 2014, Close-up / macro, General
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tonyguitar
3 Jun 2014 - 4:21 AM

Details in V2.... Wow! The clarity and simplicity make for a powerful and graceful image. Super! TG

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2014 - 11:34 AM

You should do more of these, it brings out the poet in you.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10869 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2014 - 2:24 PM

V2 is better as the flowers are upside-down in V1 as you know.

Its a nice shot. I suggest you feather the edges a little more when replacing or painting in the background; and repair the blemishes on the damaged petals, - not too hard.

Mod uploaded with this done.

The frame is quite crowded with flowers, and youve addressed this in V2; its best to try to limit the blooms in the original shot if you can. Orchids can look very good as single specimens, as a group of three, from the side, and with the small flower buds included. Exposure and colour look good here.


Regards


Willie

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pamelajean Critique Team 8770 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1599 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2014 - 6:04 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Thanks for putting the image up again, Ian, it's good to see a flower shot from you.
This was written yesterday, so overlaps what Willie says in some respects:-


The orchids are well defined, Ian, none of the whites are blown, and there is excellent detail throughout.

I feel the image is a little over-sharpened (see the sharp white edges around the flowers) and it probably didn't need so much because it's well focused.

I like your idea of giving the orchids a black background, this sets them off very nicely. Having gone to the trouble of isolating them so well, I feel that your composition could be improved, so I've done a modification to demonstrate slightly more creativity.

I removed some blemishes from a few of the petals, cloned out some remaining bits of green and a few bits along the petal edges.
I then extended the canvas at the bottom, finished off the bottom petal and removed the part flower centre bottom, so that you now only have complete blooms, and they are all well inside your frame.
I rotated the image so that the blooms run along the diagonal of the frame, and added a bit more black all around.
Some people don't like "floating" flowers, so try to include a bit of the stem when you take a shot.

With orchids, I think there will always be unwanted bits in the frame because the blooms are so close together.

Pamela.

PS: After what Willie said about them being upside down, I've done a Mod 2!

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youmightlikethis
youmightlikethis e2 Member 121015 forum postsyoumightlikethis vcard Scotland
3 Jun 2014 - 6:16 PM

thanks for crits and mods

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tonyguitar
3 Jun 2014 - 6:27 PM

Mod 3 looks very good. TG

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