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Maddie Plus
12 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2009 9:54AM
lovely dtail in the large version Nick

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Richsr Plus
10 91 223 England
24 Mar 2009 10:19AM
Like the details and tones in this - Nick
Regards Richard.
24 Mar 2009 10:24AM
lovely shot, the flower looks so strong against the black bg
24 Mar 2009 10:33AM
Lovely shot, great detail.
24 Mar 2009 10:42AM
You cant complain agaist that one
maryg Plus
9 66 18 Scotland
24 Mar 2009 11:20AM
Just perfect
chase Plus
12 1.1k 246 England
24 Mar 2009 5:58PM
Lovely Hellebore Nick & yes a bit of a different tack for you.
I like the composition but think the inside of the flower could have done with a drop more light to make it really stand out on the page...the stamens of these flowers are something else !
Just looks as though you have lost the main focal point a tad...should be the stamens & it looks to me to be the leaf TBH...I think though,a drop more light on the centre would help on that score.
Try facing the flower towards the light & adjusting the position of the camera to get the angle you want,rather than the other way round....or you could have used a small reflector to shove the light back into the centre.
Nice clean bg & a pretty presentation.
MikeH Plus
13 217 4 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2009 5:59PM
Good detail Nick and the seamless black background is a classic touch , perhaps just a very small curves adjustment to lift the contrast on the petals, glad you are back to your D300. What iso was this?
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
24 Mar 2009 6:49PM
Thanks everyone, and a big thanks Mike & Janet very helpful (I've marked them as so). To answer a few of the points. I've just checked with the Tiff and that has a bit more punch so I can't explain the lack of contrast - probably lost a bit in upload, although I did mask some of the curve as I was freightened of losing some of the highlight detail.

There was a reflector to the RHS - but next time I will use something a bit better (an old transluscent white card - next time I will use tin foil or something), but I think the light (natural) was a bit strong, even tho I diffused it.

Oh why didn't I point it to the light - silly mistake. I've checked the focus in Viex NX it is on the stamens, but as I was awaiting delivery of a cable release (yes that went too - replacement arrived yesterday 3.47 inc postage from eBay !!) I used the self timer, so on pressing it probably moved a fraction. I also sharpened all the flower, maybe I shouldn't have with the leaf. I also think the 24-70 back focuses a bit - I will look at calibrating it in the D300. Later images I was on Manual focus for that reason.

Mike ISO was 200 (the base level for the D300), auto WB - which is far better than the D80 - and F16, Spot metering I think I was in Manual for this one, I will have to check.

I have a couple of others that may get an outing.

Once again thanks, trying something different certainly makes you think, hopefully it will help my skills a bit.
Wooly Plus
12 112 4 England
24 Mar 2009 7:54PM
Nicely done Nick.

dathersmith Plus
10 558 12 England
24 Mar 2009 10:39PM
Not my type of thing Nick but this looks pretty stunning to me. Well captured and processed.

dathersmith Plus
10 558 12 England
24 Mar 2009 10:39PM
... and I forgot to say that it deserves many more votes IMHO.
Sezz Plus
13 617 15 England
24 Mar 2009 11:19PM
Looks fab to me Nick especially as it's not 'your usual' thing!

Sarah *
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
25 Mar 2009 2:10PM
Thankyou everyone, I don't think it hurts to step out of the comfort zone once in a while.
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2009 9:28PM
hi Nick

I can't really add much more than Janet and Mike have already said. My points would be; lack of light on the stamen, maybe a slightly tighter crop, there seems to be a light source from the left, which could perhaps be eradicated in PS. Sometimes a crop and change of angle makes a more appealing image than "straight on". I often shoot my flowers in total darkness lit only by 150 watt halogen lamp, shooting with autowhite balance and then alter to incandescent in NX2.

On a seperate note; hope the forecast remains good for Saturdays trip to Sclaebar

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