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Daffodils enjoying a rare taste of sunshine!

By carmellajade
I took this photo of gorgeous daffodils whilst out walking in Isle of Wight on a lovely sunny day.

Tags: Flowers and plants Daffodils yellow spring flowers

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iancrowson Plus
11 215 168 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2013 10:47AM
Lovely Spring picture.
Good colours and nicely blurred background.
I've done a mod (click on modifications above) with a slight adjustment to the composition. I have put more frame space/background in front of the flowers.
I feel it looks just a little more balanced like this.. The flowers should have 'somewhere' in the frame to 'look'.
I also sharpened just slightly
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2013 6:59PM
I've been expecting some daffs! If it was a gorgeous sunny day, why ISO 800. Not ideal for quality and you could have used ff8. I cannot believe camera shake at such a shutter speed, but you are a touch off sharp so I must suspect focusing, or you lost something preparing for net use.

Composition is good, but you must have the blooms very sharp.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2013 8:12PM
They are everywhere now, Karen, and a very welcome sight.
You had some good light, and the grouping of the two daffodils is good.
When you are outdoors and it is a bright day, consider underexposing slightly by -1 stop, to bring out the details of the flowers. I particularly do this with yellow flowers, using exposure compensation. I'm not sure why you chose such a high ISO setting on such a bright day.
I would have used a polarising filter for this because it lowers glare and enhances the natural colours of the flowers I'm shooting.
Your background is good, and nicely blurred, with no distractions.
You have gone down low and captured the flowers head-on with a nice little angle upon them.
Even the smallest of breezes will blow the flowers, but with the shutter speed you used, I would still expect them to be sharper. Do you sharpen your images after re-sizing for the site? Re-sizing will cause loss of detail.
Think of a flower picture like a portrait. To make it more pleasing to the eye try, as you do with a portrait, position yourself so the flower sits slightly to the side, with space in the area into which it is facing.
carmellajade 12 10
9 Apr 2013 9:29PM
Thank you for your comments, in particular Pamela as I found your clear advice most helpful.

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