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Fuchsia Single

By charisma515    
Garden Plant Fuchsia named 'New Millennium'
So many plants are rain damaged, such a pity.
Could this capture be better?

Tags: Flowers and plants Fuchsias

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Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2017 11:57AM
Beautifully photographed...
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23 Aug 2017 12:00PM
Thank you so much

Fred
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1965 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2017 7:26PM
This is very good, Fred.
I like the way you chose to focus on the stamens and bottom part of the flower.
The background is nicely blurred and very subtle.
It's probably a good idea to photograph a single fuchsia because of its intricacies, as any others nearby would spoil its outline.
With a little processing, the flower can stand out from the background a little more.

I've done a modification where I cropped a little from the right side and the bottom, just to slightly offset the fuchsia in the frame, instead of it sitting dead centre. To me, there is a slight lean (or dance) to the left, so I put the extra space on that side, for it to "swing" into.
I brightened the image, deepened the shadows, reduced the highlights and sharpened.

I know it's nit-picking, but I really wanted to see a bit more of the top stem, so I did a second modification with the top stretched out.

Pamela.
dudler Plus
14 638 1205 England
23 Aug 2017 7:33PM
You've done a lot of things right.

Exposure is sound. Focus is pretty good, and the aperture you've used has allowed the fuchsia to be sharp and the background blurred.

There are soem very bright highlights on the upper parts of the flower. Oddly, I would try a polarising filter to kill those - I haven't tried this, but I think it may work - the problem is strong toplight giving specular reflections from the shiny parts of a petal or leaf, and the filter, angled right, may get rid of them.

An alternative to balancing things and getting really good exposure is to try a reflector or gentle fill flash from below, so the underside is, relatively, brighter.

In terms of framing, maybe a little more of the stem, and put the flower itself slightly less centrally? You cropped to get this frame, so you may have an original file that lets you do something different.

Essentially, though, a rather good flower study.
dark_lord Plus
13 2.1k 492 England
23 Aug 2017 9:34PM
A really nice shot Fred and since saw this earlier Pamela has done a couple of mods which are tweaks, nothing major. The colour balance is less magenta meaning the background is greener which helps the flower stand out more.

You chose a good aperture so the background stays nice and diffuse and th eflower is sharp- a good example of when a medium aperture is suifficient, you don't always have to use f/16.

John's suggestion of a reflector is a good one. I have a small collapsible one that opoens out to something like 25-30 cm, white on one side and silver on the other. Both are neutral so they won't affect the flower. The silver is quite strong at reflecting so I'd use that where overall light is low and you want more fill-in light, in conditions you have here the white would be fine. Or use a piece of A4 white card which is cheaper and can double as a background (though not atthe same time as being a reflector!).
paulbroad 10 123 1198 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2017 10:21PM
Good image. Ideally, a bit of backlight would lift things. In serious flower bloom photography a flash placed 3/4 rear out of frame on IR or radio release, then play with the flash power to get a good balance.

Paul
dudler Plus
14 638 1205 England
24 Aug 2017 12:29PM
As a result of lookign at this, I have been out and at the fuchsias that Mrs Dudler loves, playing iwht a polarising filter. Unhelpfully, my polarising filter doesn't fit my macro lens, so I had to remove the hood and hold the filter in front of the lens - but it worked...
banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3778 Canada
24 Aug 2017 5:17PM
What point on the flower did you focus on?


W
The base of the petals to keep the stamens sharp

Fred
To Dudler, Thanks I will try that out

Regards

Fred

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