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Floral sunset

By gary_d
Out with Patch this evening down the lake and armed with my Canon G12 I thought I would have a play with flash.

It could well be a marmite image but you have to try different things or it just gets boring.

V2 added as suggested by Ronnie, V3 removing some of the space on the right mentioned by Ed.

Thanks for looking.

Regards. - gary

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Flash and lighting

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Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
6 Aug 2012 9:39PM
You'd better be careful flashing in your local park Durb, if you get caught you could end up in big trouble with the rozzers!WinkGrinTongue Don't expect any of your mates on here to pay to get you out on bail, Mikbee will spend all his money in the bookies and on some Tennants Extra from the local Spar shop and Ade will end up spending his on some potent local scrumpy in the Barley Mow and Apple Tree in Bedminster!Smile

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6 Aug 2012 9:46PM
Well done Gary, it must have been you I saw in the Park tut tutWinkWink..Lin
Excellent image Gary, many thanks for your user award, greatly appreciated,
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
6 Aug 2012 9:51PM
In all seriousness this would look even better if there had been more flowers in the image, I reckon it would have far greater impact and would fill up some of that empty space in the foreground
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
6 Aug 2012 10:21PM
The flash has worked well in capturing all the detail in the thistle, Gary.
The problem for me is that is this a shot the thistle or a sunset with a thistle for f/g interest......not too sure the two quite work together here, and I feel it might have been better to concentrate on one or the What is the intended focal point.
Cropping the flower down to a square format and allowing it to fill the frame would work better for me.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
6 Aug 2012 10:24PM
Quirky and unconventional but it works for me.

gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
6 Aug 2012 10:27PM
As I said just trying something different so thanks Ronnie for being honest and offering some good advice.

I take your point to Ed.
maryg 8 66 18 Scotland
6 Aug 2012 10:37PM
Definitely a different kind of sunset image, like Ronie I am not wholly convinced that both work together, I think V2 works very well.
I see you have the G12 as well now, I was thinking of getting one for taking around with me in places where the big 7D is too obtrusive so will be watching with interest to see what you do with this G12.
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
6 Aug 2012 10:43PM
full marks from me for trying something else Smile I love to experiment myself... yours really pops out and it give me a fine flash of summer after a grey weekend and a chilly day @ work
paskinmj 7 11 1 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 10:44PM
Nice sharp image and great clarity.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
6 Aug 2012 10:57PM
V2 looks much better boss, the flower looks good against that black background
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
6 Aug 2012 10:57PM
I prefer the tighter crop of V2 Gary.
And remember to experiment with some close ups
in the macro mode as you can focus down to 1cm on the G12 !!
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
6 Aug 2012 11:25PM
Thanks for the PM, Gary.
V 2 definitely works for me but I have to say V 3 is actually rather good too, having lost a lot of the empty space in V 1.
So, now I'm torn between V 2 and V3.
V 3 is a big improvement on V 1 IMHO and I am rather drawn towards it.
gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
6 Aug 2012 11:36PM
Thanks Ronnie
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 11:52PM
Gary congratulations on trying something new
I think what you've missed is a border however little to set apart from black overall background.
Your thistle image is excellent. That on it's own with an a border would work perfectly well.
Maybe I'm being too conventional!
zapar40 6 66 5 Wales
7 Aug 2012 6:25AM
nicely done Gary, always good to try different.
luckybry 6 3 Scotland
7 Aug 2012 7:02AM
Ray42 8 3 England
7 Aug 2012 8:15AM
Congratulations on you for trying something new - nice one - v3 works best IMHO
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 9:15AM
All three are very striking, especially V2, but I welcome the additional context as in V1 and V3 - preference just for V3 I think.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 9:18AM
I prefer V3 simply for the proportions, and the contained feel. The eye moves up and down cleanly.
I tend to go along with Ed, more flowers would give a less contrived feel. Another evening walk with Patch, methinks...
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
7 Aug 2012 10:54AM
Good stuff Gary...

Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 11:26AM
Good images of the evening light Gary and going for V3
like the colours..but that is a good sharp shot
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 12:37PM
Excellent set of images, for me it has to be V2&3 Smile

AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 2:42PM
.... and it worked really well! It pops out of the screen!
7 Aug 2012 3:49PM
Excellent set of images, good to try new, v3 for me
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 5:16PM
If you want to keep the flower and sunset, Gary, I think the flower needs to be set against the top part of the image so that the sky is behind it. This could have been achieved at the time of shooting, or you could use the magic wand to isolate the flower and move it up. A further option would be to mirror either the flower or the sunset so that the top of the flower has even more sky behind it. And I think the vertical format in V3 would be ideal for this.
1881 4 India
8 Aug 2012 5:53AM

Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 12:24PM
Nice one! GrinGrinGrin

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