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Flowers for Sally-Ann.

By selwynstractor
Cropped from a larger frame, composition of wild and cultivated flowers I think works well, the colours are natural and have not been enhanced, lighting was sunlight at mid day.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro


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Hi Frank, thanks for your words of wisdom. I am sure I am going to learn from all the knowledge out there and I will be posting more work as and when I get something worthy of the site. I take your point, the picture was to busy. Many thanks, Phil
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2012 4:38PM
Hello, Phil, and welcome to EPZ.
What an attractive and colourful image with which to start your portfolio.
It's nice to see a picture taken with the Fuji S7000, and particularly a macro shot, as it's especially good for that.
You don't say who Sally-Ann is, but this is a lovely selection of wild and cultivated flowers for her.
Your natural colours and exposure are good, and I am surprised at the amount of good focus you have, considering your large aperture, but this is probably due to the fact that you cropped the image. Using the aperture suggested by Frank, you could have taken this same image that you present here and achieved good focus throughout, leaving you with a higher resolution and no cropping.
Being taken in sunlight at mid-day, you did very well, and there are no signs of burn-out on the flowers.
Since this is a bouquet, it probably wasn't possible for you to remove particular flowers and isolate them for your shot. However, you did concentrate on the pink and red roses, and it works fine. I don't think you were aiming for an artistic or creative image, but just to capture the beauty in front of you.
In my modification, I cropped 3 sides in order to focus on the roses, then adjusted Levels for a bit more contrast. I cloned out the marks on the large ivy leaf on the right because my eye kept falling on that.
In my second modification, I added a vignette (darkened the edges) to again focus on the roses.
Thank you for your comments Pamela, having looked at your gallery I am 'blown away'. I have looked at your mods and I can see where you are coming from. I fear that it may all be down hill from now on but I hope to at least produce some equaly interesting photographs. Sally-Ann was a very dear friend of our who sadly died of cancer last year, I pulled this photograph from the hundreds of pictures on the computer. Kind Regards Phil
Jestertheclown 11 8.0k 252 England
5 Jun 2012 10:15PM
Hi Phil, and welcome to Epz.
Looks as if you're off to a promising start and Pamela's said just about everything above, so I won't!
I see from your EXIF that the make of camera was a canon, yet the shot was taken with a Fuji?
Hi, You may very well be right as several shots were taken on the day by me on my Dads Fuji and a Canon Ixus, it may well be that the frame chosen was taken by the Ixus. I will have to make sure I keep the results from different cameras seperate, regards Phil
Jestertheclown 11 8.0k 252 England
5 Jun 2012 10:32PM
Looking at the EXIF, I'd assumed that it was the Fuji.
I've got an S5700 which takes pretty good images but being a bridge camera, the final settings that I find that I've used don't quite relate to those that I'd set myself if you was doing it manually.
KathyW 16 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
6 Jun 2012 12:15AM
Hi Phil. I like the flowers, they are very pretty colours. But they are not quite muddy enough for me so I have done a mod in which I have darkened and dulled down the greens a little, added a bit of blur to soften the whole shot, and cropped it slightly. I like Pamelajean's crop too, helps to focus attention on the lovely pink roses.

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