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Primrose in Cornwall December 16th 2011!!!!

By catherinemary
Soooo early but lovely to spot.

Tags: General Flowers and plants

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devlin 7 653 39 India
18 Mar 2012 7:45PM
Hi Cathrine, its a beautiful flower Smile, though i think this could have been done better. First of the composition, right now its a little two central i would have preferred a more closer approach basically fill up the frame with just the flower in it, this would allow for one more detail to show up in the flower and make it more prominent in the image, secondly i would go lower down to face the flower at eye level, this would also get rid of the stick (that runs in from the left hand side of the frame and disappears behind the flower) as a distraction from the central theme of your image . It also looks like the focus was on the leaves since they seem to be nice and sharp with more detail than the flower itself.



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Trev_B 11 151 68 England
18 Mar 2012 8:07PM
Hi Catherine, Prabh is right in his critique. When photographing flowers you often need to do a bit of weeding and removing of grass and dead debris from the shot prior to taking the shot. It's also handy to have a dustbin bag handy for you to kneel or lay on so that you can get down to the plants level. If your lens won't let you close to the plant it can always be cropped later,

I have uploaded a mod which attempts to explain what Prabh and myself are saying.... it's only a quick mod so the quality of the cloning is not wonderful.

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
18 Mar 2012 8:21PM
Hi catherinemary and welcome to Epz.

Prabh's advice is sound but realistically, you took this using a mobile phone so, bearing that in mind, it hasn't turned out at all badly.
It's probably true to say that mobile phone cameras, these days, are on a par with cheap compacts, so there's no reason why, with a little practice, you shouldn't be able to prioduce some pretty good images.
Good luck!
Thank you all so much, I will try to use all your advice! Although I must point out that at 78 its somewhat hard to get down low, much less lay flat Tongue. This flower was on a bank by roadside and coz it was early Dec I cldnt resist a shot. My phone is 8megap and I do have a camera but its a quite sweet digital inexpensive one. Still not mastered all its functions lol.However I do welcome all comments and am grateful to you all for your time. I find it hard to learn with a book, so its hit and miss. Have thought about a camera club, but they are a bit sniffy to people like me. Thanks again folks.x
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
18 Mar 2012 9:49PM
Were not sniffy here, - so keep it coming!

Trev_B 11 151 68 England
18 Mar 2012 10:03PM
Catherine... I find it hard to get down at 59 so I think you are doing ruddy marvellous.

DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 12:12AM
Welcome to ePhotozine!

It looks like your phone has an excellent camera as this is in perfect focus and well exposed, too. If you have access to editing software, you could crop it a little to concentrate more on the flower and less on the surrounding leaves.

Phones don't give you a lot of control over how the photo is taken so the key skills are finding interesting subjects that the camera does well at, and composing the scene to show it off at its best. And, of course, those skills are valuable with any kind of camera. Phones aren't so good for action shots as there tends to be quite a long delay between pressing the button and the picture being taken. So you'll probably want to stick to things that aren't moving much; it looks like your phone handles close-ups well, and that gives you a huge range of potential subjects.

ePhotozine has a page of phone camera tips and I like this article on composition .

I look forward to seeing more!

19 Mar 2012 11:06AM
Good morning Trev. How do I find the mod you mention please? Have tried but so far defeated! Thanks
devlin 7 653 39 India
19 Mar 2012 1:06PM
Catherine, try clicking on the tab which says "Modifications" its the second row of tabs right under the image. You should see the mod, clicking on the mod will enlarge the image giving you a clear view.
THANK YOU! I have seen it. I now see what you all mean and will bear it in mind inWink future. Back to housework now Sad
paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 4:21PM
This is a perfectly good image showing how good modern phones can be for general photography. Ideally you needed rather more flower and rather less leaves. Don't know if the phone would focus that close but there is a rule - fill the frame. Rules are there to be broken, but I think it would work here.

Thank you for taking the time to respond. Also for the advice.
20 Mar 2012 12:23PM
A primrose flowering in December (even for Cornwalls warm climate) is unusual to see...well spotted! The colours are nice and vivid and yes you could have spent time clearing any inperfections around it (twigs etc) but I think its a good natural shot that shows a pretty plant off as nature intended it...well done,by the way the Samsung Galaxy S2 has a facility to crop your images on the phone that works well,ok it is only a phone but it has a good quality camera and i think your photo proves this,keep up the good work. Smile
OOOOh thank you for that Son, very nice to hear Wink x
20 Mar 2012 11:05PM
Trying to upload me second offering so far unsuccessfully!Sad I go to browse, find the pic, left click, it appears in browse, then as soon as I click on upload- it all vanishes and I am left with curser flashing in the browse box.
HELP where am I going wrong please???
Its now after eleven o'clock so too tired to try any more tonight. Night night all
Now uploaded pic no. 2. My son sort of talked through it. Cheers Stuart xx
23 Mar 2012 10:46PM
Back to drawing board, now Friday night and after multi attempts trying to upload a pic have again given up! Hey ho. SadSadSadSadSadSad

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