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me best enemy

By betong15
i have taken this picture, just because i want to remember this fly.

Tags: Flowers and plants

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conrad 16 10.9k 116
26 Aug 2009 10:13AM
If this was just about the fly, I would have preferred it if you had zoomed in more and left out more of the background, maybe even left out part of the flower - more like a macro photo, really. I also would have been inclined to move around a bit so that the less distracting part of the background was behind the subject, instead of the busy part which we see behind the flower with the fly now.

Also, I find the date stamp in the picture distracting. If your camera has a setting with which to turn that off, I would be inclined to do that. Otherwise I'd crop or clone it out.

Since you obviously can't re-shoot this, maybe you can do something with the existing photo.

I made a quick modification - bit of a rush job, so by no means ideal, but it should give you an idea what I mean. I cropped out unwanted background, surroundings and date stamp. I blurred the background and re-sharpened what was left. It was quite the crop, so I was left with a very small picture which I had to enlarge for upload, and it looks far from ideal, but with the original, bigger file you should be able to get better results.
26 Aug 2009 9:56PM
thanks conrad for some good critism, i find it very helpful.
thanks again...
pamelajean Plus
14 1.5k 2189 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2009 5:43PM
Hello, Zach, and welcome to EPZ. You have some nice detail on the fly and flower. I agree with Conrad about the background. It looks as if there are some plainer areas behind this flower, and it would have been better for you to have moved to the left or the right in order to utilize those plain areas, rather than have foliage behind your chosen flower. Your flower is also quite central in the frame, so try to offset your subject in the frame, even if it is achieved by cropping after shooting. There are a few bits of the plant intruding into your frame at the bottom and you could have pulled these back, or pinned them back with something like a clothes peg, to make a cleaner image, but the fly might well have flown away with the movement. Also, I would have considered a vertical shot of the flower, showing more of the stem, and going in closer. I think I am seeing this more as a shot of the flower without considering the fly very much, which I see as a bonus really. For it to be a shot of the fly, it would have to be a much closer shot. Keep up the good work, yellow flowers aren't always easy to get just right, and you have done well.

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