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Pink Gerbera

By SueEley
Just a little manipulation to move one of the flowers as I could not get them to sit quite right in relation to each other. I was interested in the stems and the fact that the heads point different ways and showed different amounts/aspects of the bloom. What do others think about the composition? And the stroke line. Exposure compensation was because I used a white background, though I actually replaced it in PS with an off white one later as the white was rather stark, and was something I was thinking of using for one of those almost completely white shots of flowers - but in the end I didn't go down that path. The 24-70 lens did a pretty good job of pretty close work on this picture.

Tags: Picture Flower Flowers and plants Decorative

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2013 7:12PM
How could one possibly think of attempting to modify this great piece Sue...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
27 Sep 2013 7:42PM
Well arrqanged
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2013 8:27PM
Beautiful work Sue.

iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2013 8:40PM
Excellent, just lovely,
I think the composition is good and works well.
The only thing I notice is that the left hand flower is lighter than the other two. Maybe the light was nearest it.
You could have used a lower ISO for a (theoretical) better potential quality.
SueEley 12 279 96 Wales
27 Sep 2013 9:05PM
I'm not actually sure why the ISO wasn't 2 or 100. Very odd ISO for me to set, especially for still life on a tripod. Weird!
27 Sep 2013 9:21PM
Lovely and delicate Grin
27 Sep 2013 9:50PM
Lovely work. So pretty.

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
27 Sep 2013 10:38PM
Elegance personified.
27 Sep 2013 10:58PM
Nice one! Great focusing, lovely colour and detail. Personally I might have moved the right hand flower in a bit so it's more over the middle one. It seems to be 'escaping' right to the edge of the frame. I like the simplicity of the flowers and don't feel the black line adds anything. You did ask for opinions.........Smile
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
28 Sep 2013 12:00AM

Composition; its works, but could work better if the outer floowers had a little more space. I would be inclined to move the right flower down just a little. It does work, nice diagonal, so just suggestions.

Stroke line; work very well IMO

There a comment about the evenness of light, - if I were to chose, I would darken the left one to match the others, - just a highlight reduction, - very small.

Overall its a very attractive image A background colour I find works well in these situations is f5f2e9, slightly cream.

Mod uploaded with all of this, - its another way of looking at a very nice image.


paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2013 4:46PM
Very nice. Leave as is. interior designer stuff. I don't think the ISO matters much at that level. Your Nikon only goes to 200 I think. they used to, anyway.

Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2013 5:19PM
Beautiful shot !! the arrangement & semi-hi-key effect......great as is !!Smile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2013 5:22PM
Very attractive, and the twists in the stems are a nice feature.
Three is an excellent number for photography, Sue, and in case you are interested, it comes under the Rule of Odds, the Rule of Threes, or the Odd Rule....but that sounds a bit odd to meGrin!
I like the way your gerberas form a nice diagonal across the frame and, as you say, they show different aspects, making the image very interesting compositionally.

The first thing I noticed was that the flower on the left was lighter than the others, and slightly getting lost against your light background.

The one at the top right is a bit too close to the frame edge.
As to the closeness of them, I agree that the one on the right needs to be a bit closer. I tend to see flowers as people (don't worry, a lot of people do) and therefore consider how they are "speaking" to each other, or communicating with their body language. So the one on the right seems disinterested in the conversation, whilst the other two have empathy with each other. There is a perfect curve in the stem of the one on the right for the middle one to nestle into, and Willie's modification shows that.


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