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All White

By Philo  
I was out on my bike along the river and needed a rest so I decided to have a go at some flower heads. After several failed attempts I resorted to pulling off a head (don't tell anyone) and placing it on my bike in a position that allowed me to lay down and rest my elbows on the floor. As I was laying there 3 giddy dogs pounded on me. After their owner retrieved them I got back down and eventually got a decent shot.
Macro's aren't as easy as they look, I really do need a tripod!
I have tried to work within the rule of thirds but have found it quite challenging. I would appreciate any feedback and/or ideas how I could compose or crop the images differently.
The shots have not been modified in software apart from cropping and changing background.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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OliPackwood 8 5 5 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2010 6:36PM
Two lovely shots. On number 2 the bottom of the flower seems to stop before the bottom of the picture, and I think that it should reach the bottom.

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Three great shots, V3 was my FAV., well done!
andymark 8 1 England
1 Jul 2010 8:21PM
love them all but for me it v2 love it
1 Jul 2010 8:27PM
V3 for me still texture in the the whites
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2010 10:10PM
I like your narrative, Phil. If all else fails, pick the flower, why not? You don't give your camera settings, but V1 looks a lot different to V3. The centre of V3 has more detail and is sharper, but the petals are more blurred than V1. I assume you used different apertures for different depths of field. It's not easy to keep detail in white petals, but you've done well. In my modification, I took V1 and cropped tighter, to the left and bottom, then added canvas to the other two sides to make it 1000pixels square. I adjusted highlights, shadows and levels to brighten the image without losing petal detail, selectively sharpened the centre and added a frame to "hold it together". I also took the liberty of repairing the little bit of damage to one of the petals near the centre. You did a good job with the background, and I think your presentations are fine, I just liked it a bit tighter.
Philo 8 99 83 England
1 Jul 2010 10:39PM
Thanks for the comments everyone and it's nice to see people liking different versions.
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2010 11:18AM
three nice flower shots showing skill. No. 1 does have a compositional issue - I would prefer the flower centre on the top right third - like portraits - and this is a portrait, you have composed with the flower looking out of the picture.

The rule of thirds, whilst there to be broken, is simple to understand - just four strong points in any frame where the main subject is best placed.


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