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Orange Is no Lemon

By Merlin_k    
In a Chinese market your eyes are constantly seeing colour.

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pablophotographer 6 936 334
2 May 2012 11:25PM
Nice colours and sharp focus on the oranges son the front!

I like the vertical format also. I might have opted to crop the green, although it is nicely introduced at the background, to gain some more space in the foregraound and. maybe, have the focused oranges in whole. If the lens couldn't fit them I would step back a bit.

But in whole as a picture is pleasing.

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Merlin_k Plus
9 13 12 United States
3 May 2012 7:19AM
The more I look at it then the more I feel it is unbalanced. All the focus is too near the bottom. A simple crop taking out the mid bowl and above, but making sure to leave all the bottom bowl in the picture so that you can see that it IS a bowl of oranges, is probably better.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
3 May 2012 11:19AM
I think you need the "in focus" area of the shot to be more dominant - here you've got the blurred top oranges taking 1/2 the shot up and appearing very large, and the little ones sharp.

I'd either have got closer in with a wide lens and make the closer oranges look bigger (using wide angle lens perspective) or shot so the back oranges are sharp and lower blurred.
arhab 6 43 2 Indonesia
3 May 2012 12:42PM
i think is better if only focus on one bowl. i would suggest to crop the middle and the top bowl. over all i think the image as merlin said is unbalanced. what i like from this image is the color of fruit that make everyone who see it feeling "fresh".
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
3 May 2012 10:52PM
I feel it is unbalanced, too, Merlin, but that can be remedied with a crop to the top.
My idea is to have more oranges and to eliminate the white area in the centre which divides the two sections of oranges, one in focus and one out of focus. So I have had a play with your picture and have done some modifications to give you some ideas. At the time of shooting, if you could have got a bit lower down, you might have been able to achieve what I have done by manipultion, i.e. focused oranges in the foreground, backed by out of focus ones, with nothing dividing them.
I simply made two copies of your picture, selected the focused oranges from one and pasted them onto the other picture, but further up in the frame. I then cropped to a square format. Secondly, I cropped some more off the top so that there were more focused oranges in the frame.
Thirdly, I did the same all over again, but this time selecting around the top of the basket of the focused oranges instead of around the oranges themselves, as previously, then cropped. In my last effort, I cropped the top again and almost filled the whole frame with oranges. I like this one the most because I have about two thirds focused oranges on the vertical.
Using the same method, there are numerous variations to be had by placing the copied oranges further up or lower down and cropping differently. I had fun.
Merlin_k Plus
9 13 12 United States
4 May 2012 7:33AM
I think my favourite is the second, that's the closest to what I now have in mind. Pity China is over 7k miles away so I can't just pop back and redo!
Thanks all for your comments.
paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
4 May 2012 10:45AM
The answer is a significant top crop. There is just too much out of focus, but given that crop you have a nice image.


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