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inside spring inside

By Sigita
...had absolutely another idea how to shot this wonderful pot of hyacinth...trying million another ways it didn't look as good as with my bedroom walls in background ....and all that daylight falling true the window
very happy of background shades Smile

Tags: Flowers and plants

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
4 Mar 2013 8:35PM
Welcome to EPZ Sigita.

This is a nice shot, - lovely colours. Its actually better as two different shots, - the flowers on each side would make a nice shot each.

Though its a little underexposed, it brightens up well. One thing you need to know about re sizing, - when you re size, and save the new file, dont upload it yet. Open it, check it for sharpness, and you will find it needs to be sharpened a little more. So then sharpen it, save it, and then upload.

I have applied sharpening, as well as brightening to both of the modifications Ive uploaded, Scroll up this page to the modifications tab, and click. View the modifications large.

Hope this helps,



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Sigita 5 1 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2013 9:21PM
Thank you very much. It helps. Smile
paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 9:12AM
Willie covers almost everything. Mainly needs to be a little brighter. Always check through on your LCD when the situation allows and use the enlarge feature to pull up, in this case, a bloom, to see if it looks correctly exposed and sharp.

The prime group of blooms is right at the left side, but the other blooms serve to balance the composition quite well.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 7:07PM
Hello, Sigita, and welcome to EPZ.
This is a beautiful image with which to begin your portfolio, and I particularly like your choice of background. Another good idea is to have a collection of coloured card that you can use as backgrounds for different flowers. Coloured cards are easy to find and you can buy them at a stationery store or art supply store. But stay away from glossy finishes and go for matt. You then have yourself an instant studio background.
Many years ago, I wouldn't have considered using the flower's own colour for a background, but have since learnt that it works extremely well, mainly because it doesn't distract the eye from your subject, and is more likely to complement it.
Window light is perfect for flowers, it's subtle and gentle on them, and it has also given your background colour a bit of a gradient, i.e. a little lighter on the right, darker on the left. You were right not to use flash, as it produces harsh shadows.
It appears to me that the two tops of the hyacinths are in better focus than the rest. This may have been your intention, a lot of flower photographers enjoy using differential focusing. Of course, if you wanted to get the whole of the flower parts in focus, a smaller aperture would give you a greater depth of field, and because your background is plain, you wouldn't be seeking to blur it. Since this results in a slower shutter speed, you will probably need a tripod or solid base on which to rest your camera. Keeping everything in the image sharp can mean that there is no focal point, so the choice is yours.
You have captured your hyacinths when they are at their best, which is important.
Flowers can be thought of as portraits. As a portrait, a flower can look more pleasing if it sits slightly to the side of your frame. For a portrait, if the person is looking to one side, then it's usual to leave space in the area into which the person is looking. Applying the same idea to flowers works well, and so if the flower leans to one side, leaving space in that area looks good. Remembing the rule of thirds can also help you to frame your subject matter to one side of the frame.
I hope you won't mind me having a play with your hyacinths. I have done 2 modifications. I realise that you had two separate hyacinths here, but the gap inbetween them spoils the image for me a little. I like what Willie has done, taking them as individuals. That works well. My idea was to simply close the gap, so I moved the one on the right closer to the other one. I then made a few small adjustments in brightness, contrast and sharpness. My second modification is a mirror of the first, so the flowers fall to the right. Look at them both and see which you prefer. It's an interesting fact that, since we read from left to right, pictures often look better this way.
Sigita 5 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 8:02PM
Really appreciate all comments here .
Thank you Paul. I agree with you now that it's a bit too dark. At first thought is to overexposed too... and made print today and it's looks even more darker.

Thank you very much Pamela for advices . Will keep in mind about portraits . I like your second modification.

P.S. there are 3 hyacinths in pot.Smile

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