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Flowers In The House

By kingofthebiffs
just messing about really

Tags: Flowers and plants Flowers and plants

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chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
4 Apr 2021 11:20AM
Hi Phil and welcome to the Critique Gallery.
I see you have been a member for a while now but this looks like your first venture here.
I think we could do with a little more information from you in your description in order that we may offer critique and comments pertinent to you and your needs.

As this stands it is rather messy with lots of bright distractions going on in the bg.
To avoid distractions try putting a plain piece of card behind your subjects to really make them stand proud in the frame.
Colour is good, so is the detail on the Tulips generally.
I wonder why such a high ISO for a subject that isn't going to move, lowering it will obviously increase your shutter speed but with a static subject that doesn't matter.
I would have gone with manual settings here so you have control over the camera.
The light seems enough coming from the left of the frame but with a couple of blown highlights on the glass vase.
A wee bit tight on the left hand side, you could have done with a touch more room there.

Let us know a little more, joining in the conversation will help us to help you much better.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2395 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2021 12:03PM
Welcome from me too.

The light was quite low when this was taken. The big question here - do you have a tripod?? I assume that this was hand-held, with the high ISO necessary to give a reasonably safe shutter speed - but you would get a significantly better quality image using tripod and lower ISO, as Janet says the tulips aren't going to move.

In the absence of a tripod, it's worth moving the flowers around between windows, trying different times of day, to look for the best light. Brighter light, with a gauze or net curtain to act as a diffuser, can be good... The word photography means drawing with light, it's the first thing that we need to consider.

The background is cluttered, but I guess it says 'home' to you. As it stands I'd like to crop to make more of a compositional feature of the repeated motifs in the background, to crop specifically for them. Modification to follow - you'll find modifications under the blue Modifications button below your upload.

I hope that you'll find the Critique Gallery useful, and that we shall hear more from you. Are you satisfied with this? Is there anything that you want advice on? Feel free to ask questions, someone will have the answer!
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2395 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2021 12:12PM
I've added a very quick modification, with two changes - I cropped to allow the pattern motifs in the background to fit into the corner, as though they are meant to be there; the crop also gets rid of a bright area bottom right. And I cloned out the highlight down the edge of the chair. The lesson is always watch your background as well as your subject!
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2211 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2021 1:27PM
Hello, Phil, and welcome to the Critique Gallery.

I suppose, since you were "just messing about", that you didn't think about this composition prior to pressing the shutter button. You were intent upon capturing the pretty flowers without considering all of the other things that entered into your frame.

The simple solution would have been to move the vase of tulips in front of a plain or even textured background. The other thing to remember is the light, as Moira points out.

Your flowers are your subject, and anything else is simply a distraction.

Should you want to try shooting them again, you don't have to include the whole of the vase. The crowded stems inside the vase aren't particularly attractive.

Enjoy your photography, have fun, but also try to produce images that others will find impactful.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1832 England
4 Apr 2021 5:58PM
Welcome from me, too.

I'll be honest - as a 7R III user myself, it's kit for something much more serious than just messing about: there are few cameras to equal its quality or ability, and I assume, like the others, that this is a quick snap to capture the beautiful colour, in adverse lighting conditions.

And for me, the background is too full of competing colours and shapes: I might have tried to isolate the flowers against the dark leather of the chair, perhaps...

We do ask for plenty of information about pictures and intentions for the Critique Gallery: and it's possible that you didn't intend loading the image for critique. Here, you don't get that, but instead you'll get thoughtful critique, comments and possibly options. If that's not your intention, if you just want people to see your work, you need to make sure that you don't tick the 'Critique wanted' box when you upload.

Alternatively, if you do want us to look at your picture as critically as possible, and in detail, we need more information from you. If we're going to give you the best feedback that we possibly can, we need real input from you, including a lot more information. That way, the critique that we give is far more likely to be what you are looking for, and consequently far more helpful to you.

What is your reason for requesting critique?
What inspired you to take this photo?
What were you hoping to achieve?
Do you feel that you succeeded or failed?
Are there any specific elements of your photo that you want help with?
Do you want advice on camera settings, processing, composition, or something else?
Do you have any particular questions you would like answered?

Without that data, it's only possible to offer limited comments, as all of us have done.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 761 England
4 Apr 2021 6:49PM
Welcome from me too.

We would like to her more from ou on this image.

The bunch of flowers is colourful and sharp.
However, the background competes for attention, even though it's out of focus, both on the grounds of bright colour and strong shapes.

Consider moving position or moving the arrangement so that the background is less intrusive. The blue/green area at the left of the image looks a lotless intrusive and is a nice contrast in colour and tone to th flowers so would work well.
Indeed if you an position them against that as a backdrop, even if we see detail in it, it won't dominate the image.
Another thing to try, if you can get further back, is to use the longest focal length of yur lens as the background will become much more out of focus and so lee of a clash with the flowers.
pablophotographer 9 1.8k 405
4 Apr 2021 9:16PM
The background is a pictorial representation of flowers as seen from above so for me, as a sign, completes, rather than competes, the understanding of the flowers in the vase.
I would crop everything which sits on top of the cabinet.

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