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Bluebells at dusk

By swilliams71    
A huge thank you to Pamela, Moira, Ivor and Capto for their brilliant feedback on an image I submitted for critique. I hope this image shows you that I really listened! For anyone who has wondered about submitting an image for critique but hasn't yet - DO IT - people are so generous with their time and advice, best thing I have ever done.

Choosing a macro image of the tiny bluebell I wanted to capture the delicate beauty of the flower and magical sunlight in the background that gently backlit the tiny flowers.

Tags: Bluebells Botanical Close-up and macro Flower close up Backlit by sun Bokeh background

Voters: georgiepoolie, estonian, AlfieK and 13 more

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1 16 15 Norway
26 Apr 2019 10:27PM
26 Apr 2019 10:59PM
Great capture
Spkr51 4 United States
26 Apr 2019 11:40PM
27 Apr 2019 8:28AM
This is very difficult because I am unused to critiquing other people's shots, other than heaping on praise, but I feel/hope you don't want meaningless positivity and want to know what people really think so you can try other things. This is certainly my preference. Anyway, here goes and remember it's just my view and is not necessarily "right"........
I think the background is too dark. It looks like night. I might have been able to live with it better if there was more green in it giving perhaps more of deep woodland feel.
Lighting is nearly from the back but possibly from the right making it uneven with bright spots and shadows. I think it is a compromise that doesn't quite work. Backlighting is great but then you have the difficulty of having enough on the front or your subject will be too dark (reflector needed).
Focus I think is also a compromise at f5. Generally the "rule" is to have the nearest point in focus and here front of the second bell up just misses it while the less attractive top bud (and lovely bottom bell) are in focus. Did you try a smaller aperture to get a bit more sharp? Or go in even closer with an even wider aperture to get just one point in focus?
I have found photographing bluebells particularly difficult because added to the issues of DOF and isolating one flower is the movement.
We have a few weeks to keep at it (I'm hoping to go and see some next week too), so I hope you will show us some more.

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