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Poppy Head

By colin
Poppy head taken at San Francisco wharfside 2 weeks ago.
A bit on the soft side,I kow, by my first real venture into taking close-ups and plant shots.
Comments +ve or -ve appreciated.

Tags: Flowers and plants

Voters: conniemayw, User_Removed, Richard49 and 11 more

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conniemayw 15 100 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2005 4:18AM
it's rather nice and I hate to offer advice as I'm no expert BUT
how about portrait format without the poppy petal below, lessen soft focus and erase the soft focus from the forefront of the poppy head to
allow 100% detail through?
just a thought

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User_Removed 15 386 2 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2005 4:20AM
Good detail and composition.

colin 15 697 5 Scotland
20 Mar 2005 4:24AM
Thanks for the advice Connie, problem is this is pretty much as taken - I've actually used unsharpen mask to make it as sharp as possible without going overborad.It has been intentionally blurred. My reasoning for the keeping the poppy leaf in was more for contrast and context. Really appreciate your comments though. Colin
tce5 15 61 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2005 5:48AM
Its an excellent image of the Poppy head, however I would also take out the petal as it takes the eye away from the main subject. If you did wish to keep the petal in I would have it closer to the stem.
ericfaragh 16 149 5 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2005 6:01AM
Lovely macro, I think the slight softness suits the subject. I agree that the petal is a distraction, although I can see an argument to leave it in to better identify the subject, so I'm slightly in two minds about it. Well done.
colin 15 697 5 Scotland
20 Mar 2005 6:55AM
Sorry everyone - my previous comment should have read 'it was un-intentionally blurred'
tce5 15 61 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2005 7:03AM
Hi Colin, have had a go and taken out the petal see what you think. Sorry had to change typography as I went into the frame. Hope you don't mind. Tanya
akh Plus
16 1.2k 5 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2005 7:14AM
I quite like the juxtoposition of the poppy head and the petal in the background as it adds context to the picture as Colin has stated and the colour is muted enough not to be too much of a distraction. It's just a pity you weren't able to get more sharpness.
colin 15 697 5 Scotland
20 Mar 2005 7:20AM
Thanks everyone for the constructive input so far. Also I appreciate your modification Tanya - I did consider cropping the petal colour out, but not digitally removing like you have. I like the sense of space around it without - it looks better than a tight crop. Thanks.
patters 15 1.8k 1 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2005 7:28AM
PatrickSmith 15 1.2k 2 United States
20 Mar 2005 8:13AM
I vote for nothing but the poppy head in the frame and more sharpness so I can see the hairy texture. DOF and colours are perfect. I guess this is handheld so this is a great shot.
starliz 15 1.6k 3 England
20 Mar 2005 11:36AM
I think this is really interesting as the petal just gives a hint of the flower,works really well for me.
colin 15 697 5 Scotland
20 Mar 2005 3:14PM
Thanks for the commments and additional modification, Pat,Patrick, Liz and Connie. And yes, you are correct Patrick it was handheld.
AlanMD 15 23
24 Mar 2005 5:00PM
I like this one just the way it is. I prefer shots that are a bit different from the "rest" and wish I could train my eye to take shots like this rather than what the rules on composition, colour and form dictate. Well done. Alan.
MickS 15 23 14 England
26 Mar 2005 12:37PM
Watcha Colin,
like this with the rather shakey poppy petal and without, I prefer it with. The bud is just soft, the petal has a double image and that, as well as the unusual composition, creates tension, that's what art is all about, guddun.
colin 15 697 5 Scotland
28 Mar 2005 1:53AM
Thanks for the comments Alan amd Mick
31 Mar 2005 2:45PM
not been on much colin so have missed a lot of yer stuff really like this the comp and the bg petals give a sense of space and as for taking hand held its brill good un click stuart

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