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Flower collage

By docfarhan
multilpe macro photos of flowers taken at different time. I have just tried to do a collage of all photos, however it hasnt come out right i feel. I am not sure if I have uses too many photos or the background that I have selected is not appropriate. I would be grateful for some advice

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davey_griffo 9 213 165 England
10 May 2009 7:05AM
It's confusing. It's hard to see where one picture starts & another ends. I think you're right about the background being the problem.

On the positive (cos I don't like ending with a negative), the background may be where the picture is anyway. It looks like a really nice shot. Is that bluebells? Maybe you should upload that.

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PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
10 May 2009 8:11AM
Wow! What a lot of work, and a great idea too!

All the images seem to be very well taken and the colours are strong. I see your problem, good idea but cant quite get the result that's in your head, happens to me all the time, very frustrating isn't it, LOL!

I think perhaps the problem is you don't really have a focus point, so everything is fighting for attention. I'd try some de-saturating on either the background or the additional images so that one compliments the other.

I really like the way you have soft erased the additional images diagonal (apart from the bottom right one which perhaps needs the same treatment to give the image consistency).

Perhaps the best advice is to put the image away for a while and then come back to it with fresh eyes.

Hope that helps, P.
10 May 2009 11:11AM
Very confusing. At first the coulurs look great but the more you look your eye keeps moving round and no resting place.
The one of the flower bed and house looks out of place.
Some of the images the edges are just to sharp like the one bottom right.
Bottom left is looking good may be best to work from there in the same style.
hope of help
Reagrds Charles
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
10 May 2009 4:49PM
You have some very nice macro images here, Muhammad, but you need to give this collage a lot more thought. The best type of flower montage/collage is one that has a plain background and individual flowers placed upon it. You have placed "fussy" pictures onto a "fussy" background, and it's hard to know where they begin and end. Perhaps you tried to put too many pictures into one? The flower-bed one at top right looks completely out of place. Try choosing 4 to 6 images that are alike, ie all of a single flower (cropping may be necessary). If you choose to have a floral background, you can decrease the opacity, then put your pictures on top, so that there is then some division between background and pictures on top. Alternatively, give each one a little border so that it is contained inside that border. If you want to overlap some images, that is fine, but keep the borders, for definition. With a plain background, you might like to do some drop shadows on the picture edges. I wouldn't personally have decreased the opacity on the images that you placed against the background because that just adds to the confusion.
I have been mainly talking about a montage, not a collage, and apologise for that.
PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
10 May 2009 4:57PM
Thank you for the feed back, (constructive crit) really appreciated.
docfarhan 9 2 3 United Kingdom
11 May 2009 5:23AM
Thanks all for the excellent advice, I should have given a lot more thought about the layout and background, I just didnt know how to visualise the whole photo, and it came like this finally which I was not very happy hence posted here for opinions of others

Thanks again all the comments much appreciated

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