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Petal Lights

Just aquired my new lens, the Sigma 50mm 1.4 and playing around with its extremely good low light capabilities. Btw haven't posted for a while and now I'm getting back into photography I thought I might put a few up.

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DiazSprite 7 18 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2011 6:59PM
Very clear and crisp ..... well done!!

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
17 Jan 2011 11:17PM
Certainly looks like the new lens is performing well.

Its a very nice low light shot, attractive and sharp with very pleasing tones.

I would suggest to crop into an 8 X 10 format to place the focal points on thirds by taking space from the top; very slightly tone down the highlights in the centres (highlight tool in CS4); and though quite sharp, it can stand a small amount of added sharpening.

All done in the mod, and I hope you find this constructive and helpful.

Now go print it and hang it on a wall!


Grampy 8 507 71 England
18 Jan 2011 6:19AM
I like this but for me there is too much at the top of the image I can see why you've done it but is the length of whispy stem worth all that background ? I have shortened it as you see from the mod while keeping your tall crop, just one other thing worries and that's the area of black in the lower part of the second flower which I presume is the socket, maybe you could have reduced this a bit by changing the angle slightly or turning the petal slightly towards you .
I hope all this helps and good luck with your lens.
SMY7H 12
18 Jan 2011 9:33AM
Thanks Willie and Phillip for the mods and critiques. The new crops really do make a big difference.
paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2011 11:18AM
I like the idea, but the burn out spoils it for me. At least one stop less exposure needed, possibly more. I assume you played with exposure compensation on such an image. There is a crisp plane of sharpness, but the low light and corresponding wide aperture have made it a bit too tight I think.

Fast lenses are best for grab shots in low light. Realise you were testing here, but I would have gone for a tripod, manual metering to deal with highlights and a smaller aperture to increase depth.

22 Jan 2011 10:27PM
i like it just as is.
and yes, you need a wall to hang it ... Wink

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