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Rain soaked morning flower.

By Manas
This was shot in the morning after a brief shower. It was bit windy.

Please advise how this image could have been clicked better ?


Tags: Color Flowers and plants Rain drops Macro close-up flower

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1859 England
14 Sep 2019 4:33PM
This is rather lovely.

If it was windy, as you say, it would have been a good idea to construct a wind break around the flower, to help keep it still, or use ribbons tied to the stem to stabilise it - all out of the frame, of course.

Overall, though, it worked really well, and the colours are magical.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
14 Sep 2019 4:39PM
Its a pretty flower!

It might have been a little too windy to get it as sharp as you would like. When there is a chance of movement, you need to make sure the shutter speed is very fast, - or wait until its not windy. For this, f/8 would have allowed closer to 1/1600th, and though less depth, may have been sharper. Also ISO 2000 would have the same effect on increasing shutter speed. Experiment!

Ive loaded a mod thats a little brighter; I cant sharpen it a lot as focus isnt not spot on perfect; Ive removed that bottom leaf.


pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2224 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2019 4:43PM
The rain has given you some nice droplets on the petals, Manas, and they just needed a bit more light to make them sparkle. I think it must have been a bit overcast, and that's why you upped the ISO. Sometimes a touch of fill flash will fit the bill.
You have achieved a good clean background for your flower, too.
You say it was windly, but your shutter speed has helped freeze any movement.

Shooting your flower standing up straight and in the centre of your frame has the effect of being a bit static. Try to shoot your flower at an angle and, if possible, have the stem emanating from a corner so that it sits diagonally in the frame. It simply means turning your camera until you get the composition you want. Then, if you can, offset it in your frame instead of having it in the middle. It's more pleasing to the eye that way.

In my modification, I rotated your picture clockwise, then cropped. I removed the bottom leaf because it isn't complete. When composing your shot, try to have complete leaves, just like you have the complete flower in the frame.
I adjusted Levels, darkened your flower to get a bit more texture, and selectively sharpened the droplets. I softened the background because there was some noise/grain there, then I finished with a white frame.


PS: John, Willie and I were typing in tandemSmile.
Saastad Plus
2 16 15 Norway
14 Sep 2019 4:59PM
This photo is much better than many of the photos in the gallery. I also like the photo. Fine composition and fine colors.
I can see that Willy have posted a fine version here, where he has removed some of the Iso noise and removed one of the leafs in the bottom. That is very much the same smal thing i could say. I would have used a tripod, and iso between 50-200 on a photo like this.
But some people also like a little noise in the picture, so it is also about taste.
Good work!

chase Plus
15 2.2k 566 England
14 Sep 2019 6:28PM
You did well at F16 to get the bg out of focus but the high ISO has left you with some noise and if you have cropped from the original then the noise looks worse.
I would have been at around F8, especially as you say it was windy....not the ideal time to photograph delicate flowers, even a slight breeze will give movement and, if you were using autofocus, then that would affect your actual focal point as the flower moves.
One option of course is to bring the flower indoors, take your time and choose your bg. even use a fine water spray to put drops on the petals.....gently.
Some good advice above and a couple of nice mods too.
Yes a slightly different composition as Pamela has addressed, the incomplete leaf at the bottom does distract from your subject and makes the frame look untidy.
Such a pretty, delicately coloured flower, the light has given you an almost transparent look to this.
Manas 9 India
15 Sep 2019 5:00PM
Thank you all the critiques. Your suggestions, tips and modifications - all are truly lesson to me.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
15 Sep 2019 9:15PM
Windy doesn't help.
Your shutter speed may be fast enough to stop movement but if that movement takes the subject out of the plane of sharp focus then all is to no avail.
As John suggests, you can tie the stem. Use a sick pushed firmly into the ground and use a clothes peg to hold harder plant stems such as the rose.
The central placement is ok for square images, and as this is cropped dpwn from the complete frame you can go back to it and do some alternative crops.

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