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Blue queen

By fighterjockey
My first ever shot.
Just an attempt to capture the beauty of nature with my Canon

Tags: Flowers and plants

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12 Aug 2009 3:32AM
Very nice & cool.

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User_Removed 8 718 9 England
12 Aug 2009 4:51AM
Oh my, firstly well done on your first ever image.

Its quite impressive, the composition is pleasing, any closer and the composition would look awkward possibly, the same applies to a wider shot, the flower would then be too small.

The indigo of the flower contrasts nicely with the greens of the leaves.

Now, some might say that you could have focused on the nearest petal to the lens, but i like the point of focus where it is as it shows the lines coming out from the petals on the inside.

The only distraction, and it is a minor one, is the background.

There is an obvious blue hue right behind the flower which fills a lot of the frame. Its just a minor issue and a little play in photoshop can fix this.

All i did in the modification is open your image, press Ctrl+j to duplicate the layer, then select the magic wand to select the baclground with a tolerance of 22, and feathered the selection by 3 pixels, this gives a neater blend and should be adjusted when using bigger images.

I then clicked on Edit>Fill, and selected the black option from the drop down menu in the contents dialog box. Then Shift+Ctrl=E to merge the layers. Job done.

I must add that for a first attempt its a very good one, its vibrant without being too in your face.

Alison H
12 Aug 2009 5:17AM
Hi Alison,
Thanks a lot for your feedback. It is feeling great to have got a comment from skilled photographer like you.
The modification also gave me important lesson.
Though its too early for me to play with exposure compensation but I used it, -1.
I am eager to know whether this was a right move or not?
Thanks, once again for your proactive interaction.
GDCsparky 11 5 1 England
12 Aug 2009 6:09AM
Nice first attempt, a little to much background.

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