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chase 11 1.1k 246 England
27 Aug 2013 9:41PM
Hi Steve.
I do like your choice of subject,a straight forward composition with the flowers perhaps a wee bit central in the frame.I think you could have afforded slightly less to the LHS & a touch more to the right,just to drop it off centre slightly.
Looks as though you have used a yellowish texture or colour overlay here which has rendered the whole thing a little on the dark side with minimal colour to the flowers.
If you put your texture/overlay on a separate layer you can use a layer mask to bring back a bit of the colour,especially the yellows & greens,which would brighten the subject up somewhat.Or...simply use the dodge tool to paint in a few lighter areas here & there,in particular on the petals & parts of the stem.That way you will get a much more 3D image with better shape & form.

I see you used a very high ISO...when you are taking images of something that is static there is no real need for speed ( unless you are hand holding your camera of course Wink ) a much lower ISO would give you a longer speed but would also assist in capturing all the detail with much less chance of introducing noise artifacts into the frame.The 50 mm lens you have used is a good one,great for detail & close up work too.

Try getting much closer to one of the flowers...that one looking downward would make a great close up,almost filling the frame.Loads of texture to be had in nature & Sunflowers are probably one of the best examples.
Dropping on a brief description of what you did,a bit of info about your set up/lighting & what you wanted to achieve would be great,then anyone posting a comment would have something to go on.
A good attempt here,gets my vote for actually seeing life in something almost past it.

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27 Aug 2013 10:17PM
Thanks chase for your comments; for everyone else's benefit I did ask her for it!
Most things are as intended though other aspects are 'accidental'. I didn't arrange the flowers apart from moving one stem just to get a better view of the head. I felt it warranted being central but I certainly intend doing more as you suggest. I agree it's a bit dark but I toyed for a long time over whether the colours should be mute or not. In the end I decided to mute, but it was a very close one!

I used layers and decided, at this point, not to do extra work such as dodging. 3D or flat was another debate I had and decided to go with the result shown. In fact, I increased aperture from 3.2 to bring more of it in focus.

The high ISO was down to a very technical style called laziness!! Wink I couldn't be bothered to set up a tripod or lights so I handheld with just window light. The unexpected benefit was that using software noise reduction gave the image a slightly 'fine art' or illustration look which I was wanting. So laziness sometimes does pay-off! It meant a loss of some detail but I'm okay with that.

I will certainly do as you suggest by doing some more focussed work with close-ups - wish I had done now! Sad And I will try to add more detail to my descriptions in the future.

Thanks again for taking the time. Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2013 11:24AM
Wise words in Chase's critique so no need for me to repeat any of it. Love the subject, so much more interesting than the usual pristine stuff. I wish that you had enabled modifications so that I could have posted some post processed trickery to demonstrate different versions.
OK LynneJoyce, will enable mods. Will be interesting to see what trickery you have up your sleeve! Smile

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