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Poinsettia

By number9
This is a follow on from my Foxglove photo, after critique. Just a practice, taking a pot plant outside on the patio. I have tried to blur out the background, using the smallest aperture my camera allows. Today has a very bright white/grey sky.
I am also in awe of myself for actually keeping this plant alive since before Christmas!

Tags: Red Plants Poinsettia Close-up and macro

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4072 Canada
29 May 2014 2:37PM
This has worked quite well. Using the wide aperture is very effective in isolating the flower against the background.

Theres nice detail in the flower, so well focused. It might do with a slight rotation if I use that wall as a guide, but its a good example of using aperture to blur the background, which is what was intended, so a success.



Regards


Willie

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dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 609 England
29 May 2014 5:25PM
Getting in close to a flower and using a wide angle lens to show the environment is an effective technique.

I've done a mod based on Willie's comment. I had to crop in a little after the rotation which has had the benefit of removing the small puprple blob at the bottom left. A normal crop would have done the same! It might only seem a small thing, but it's one of those little thigs that can start to annoy once noticed.

Keith
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2099 United Kingdom
29 May 2014 9:47PM
This has worked out very well, Jay, and you chose an attractive subject.
The centre of the poinsettia is nice and sharp, well focused.

There are just a few things I'd like to mention.
The image is not straight when you look at the light-coloured wall, it has a slope.
The sky is devoid of colour, and it could easily be added, if you so desired.
The tip of the top right petal is not inside the frame.

So in my modification I added canvas to the top so that I could add the tip of the petal.
I selected the sky with the magic wand and simply filled it with a low opacity blue.
I should have straightened the image before I started, but after doing the above, it was too late.
I cropped the bottom so that the eye falls more easily on the flower centre, and because I feel the balance is better this way.
Also, with the new petal end going into the top right corner, the crop has the bottom left petal going into the corner too, giving a pleasing diagonal across the frame.
After this I did an automatic photo fix in PaintshopPro, which I felt happy with.

You obviously like the effects you are achieving, and are doing well.

Pamela.

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