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iris, ensata.

By NeilWigan
first time so please feel free to comment constructivlely as i need it

Tags: Flowers and plants

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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2010 7:17PM
great dof wonderful colours and detail a beauty nice one Wink

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devlin 8 653 39 India
12 Jul 2010 7:56PM
Hi Neil,
The details on the petals have come out well, but i feel the positioning leaves a bit to be desired for...the image sort of merges into the background, maybe because of the same color as the subject, i feel this shot would be much better if you positioned yourself in a manner where the background made the image stand out instead of the current one where it merges into it..Smile

Hope this helps

Cheers and welcome to EPZ Smile

ginz04 14 281 20 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2010 8:11PM
hi Neil

Excellent colours and detail in the petals - however I find that the grey
is a little distracting especially going from bottom left to middle top - this takes away some of the impact. I also find the flower behind the front one distracting and maybe shooting slightly from the left would of helped.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2010 10:47PM
Hello, Neil, and welcome to EPZ. It's a nice idea to have the same flowers in the background, and it works best when the others are blurred, as yours are, but it is wise to avoid having one directly behind your chosen bloom, the one in focus. It is hard to define where the front one ends and the back one starts, and it's a shame because it's a beautiful flower. I'd like to have seen more of the main iris in focus, but that's a personal choice. I was photographing irises by a lake a while back and positioned myself so that the lake was my background. If you have someone with you, get them to hold the others out of the way, without damaging them. I think this could be quite attractive with just the one on the right echoing your main flower.
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
13 Jul 2010 8:41AM
Thanks PJ,will note and hopefully learn .Thanks all.
yours Neil.
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
13 Jul 2010 10:27AM
hi focus man,thanks,your modification is great,the information as to how you did it is very welcome.please feel free to comment &mod any of my pics in the future.I am new to this ,my wife,grandaughter and myself love taking pictures but i need to learn photography.
thanks Neil.
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2010 5:27PM
I rather like your original image. There is but one problem, and it's not easy to correct.

For me, your depth of field is a little too shallow - which means the main flower has a lot of blurred areas. However, if you thus use a smaller aperture to correct trhis, then your background becomes more sharp, ruining the effect of the prime bloom standing out.

You could choose a slightly different location where the other blooms are further away. or you could go for the full main bloom sharp, then select it in software, invert the selection so the background is selected, then play with gaussian blur to increase the blur of te background.

A good flower shot.

NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
13 Jul 2010 6:20PM
paulbroad, thanksthis is just what i need if i am to learn,honest critisism with an explanation as to how to rectify.
yours neil.

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