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Red Gerbera II

By RobW
Red Gerbera on white. wanted to the flower to be dominant with the stem leading you out of the picture. Possibly could do with a but lighter flower head to make it pop more - any comments happily receieved

Tags: Red Gerbera Flower Flowers and plants

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TonyBG 10 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 2:04PM
I like this sort of image. I am using M42 lenses on 5D II body, some of them are real class glass.
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4336 Canada
19 Dec 2012 3:56PM
Hi Rob, Gergeras are a favourite for photography. Your intent here to use a very narrow dof is a nice approach. Youve focused cloerd to the front than the back when I look at the centre, and perhaps focusing right in the centre of the centre would have allowed all of the middle to be relatively sharp. A minor issue, and maybe it wouldnt make any difference.

What needs attention though, as you description says Gerbera on white is the background, which is not white. Its a little underexposed to be pure white, and making it actually white adds enough exposure that the flower itself benefits.
I think that the white background likely influenced the metering to be a little under.

I like the stem fading out of the frame too though I would remove that very slight bulge on the left of the stem, about half way down. The petals at the far side blur together in a way that tends to make it look like the flower was cut out and placed on the background, - but thats a function of the lens, not anything you have done.

So, what Ive done to try to get it looking a little punchier is make the background as white as possible; lifted shadows to show more detail in the flower; cropped to an 8 X 10 aspect ration, and in the process tilted the flower the other way, - I intended to tilt it more in the direction its leaning, but did the opposite!.

Hope this helps,


Hermanus 10 4 South Africa
19 Dec 2012 4:07PM
Beautiful !!
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 4:33PM
The depth of field is rather too shallow for me. Needed to be sharp at the front at least. Less important at the back. Assume the lens has a stop down switch allowing use of the aperture ring. Most M42 lenses do - I once has a Spotmatic outfit. If not, f1.8 is rather restrictive.

Given that extra depth, a nice simple image.


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