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i have not edited this photo at all
its the original image

Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Jun 2012 - 6:17 AM
Focal Length:4.5mm
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Dandelion <3
Username:KatieMariePhotos KatieMariePhotos
Uploaded:5 May 2013 - 7:23 AM
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Coast Critique Team 71607 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom292 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2013 - 9:04 AM

Hi Katie.

I noticed the full colour version in your pf and I guess this is you experimenting with processing to see what can be achieved.

The overall composition is good with the dandelion flower head slightly off centre although I may be tempted to come in a little tighter. The exif data suggests you are using a compact camera which with a smaller sensor does not allow the depth of field control to soften the background to reduce any distraction. This of course could be done in processing if you want to dull down the background with a gaussian blur layer and painting back the parts you want to be sharp.

I quite like the effect you have created, the background colder and darker like it is twilight with the brighter dandelion bursting out. It has however given a blue tint to the yellow of the dandelion which loses its impact as such. If you have altered the colour balance to get this effect then using a layer mask to do this would allow you to paint back in the original yellow of the flower head.

I've uploaded a mod to show what I mean.

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pamelajean Critique Team 9924 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1742 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2013 - 11:40 PM

Dandelions make good subjects, Katie, and you have some nice detail on this one.
The previous one in your portfolio doesn't have as much detail in its centre.
I notice that you shot that previous one on Auto white balance, and this one on Tungsten/Incandescent. I can only assume that you deliberately set the wrong white balance to add an overall colour cast to your image, giving you a blue cast when shooting in daylight with a Tungsten white balance. This can work well to emphasise the coolness of a winter scene with blue tones, but it doesn't work for me here. To be honest, it just looks like a white balance mistake.
Paul makes a good suggestion. I feel that the dandelion needs to be showing its true colour.
It's good to experiment, and if you like the results, that's the most important thing.

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