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Red/White in Southampron

By jjnxyz
I grew this lovely Dahlia and had some fun photographing it!

Tags: Flower nature Flowers and plants Macro and close up

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2021 9:03AM
Hello Joseph, welcome to the Critique Gallery! You have been a site member for a long time, I hope that you have explored the site and gained from it. And I hope that you intended to tick for critique, it has the effect of disabling votes and awards but invites more in-depth comments. If you have looked in at the Critique Gallery, you will know what we are about here.

When you uploaded you will have received a pop-up message, and then a message from the site, asking you to supply as much information as possible with the image. The Exif is displayed, that's a big factor; but it would help us to know more - how do you see this, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with any aspects? What are your photographic ambitions? What advice are you looking for - on camera technique, composition, image processing?

It would also help to know what processing if any you have applied to the image, and what effect you were trying to achieve - to my eye there are signs of quite aggressive work (or possibly an in-camera special effect?) Look at the areas where red merges into white towards the end of the petals, also the very black outlines to the petal tips. Could you add the original unprocessed file as a modification please? (Click on the blue Modifications button below the upload and follow the instructions).

Regarding composition, this is similar to your previous pink dahlia upload in that you have gone in close, clipping the ends of the petals. Dahlias are a very good subject for close-ups of the flower centre, but I think you need to go in closer still for this to work. Otherwise the clipped petal tips tend to look accidental.

Camera settings look sensible - were you using auto or a program mode?

One other important point in those message that you will have received - the Critique Gallery works best when we get a conversation going, so please do respond to comments and questions.

I've given a few thoughts, with more information we can help much more. I hope we shall hear more from you, and please do add the original as a modification.

Incidentally the Exif shows this as taken at 11.06pm, 8th June 2003 - I assume that it is in fact a more recent image, and taken in daylight??
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1870 England
1 Apr 2021 9:18PM
Welcome from me, too.

As Moira says, we need to know more to help more.

My initial comment is that this looks to be quite heavily processed. It will be really helpful if you can upload an unprocessed version as your own modification, so we can see where you started from.
chase Plus
15 2.2k 566 England
2 Apr 2021 10:23AM
Welcome Joseph.
This does look very heavily processed with lots of dark anomaly's going one.
Would be great if we could see the original and if you could let us know what you did and why.
We really do need your input in order to go any further.
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 409
3 Apr 2021 1:31AM
I have zoomed further into your picture in a quick reframing. I thought of cropping the majority of the white bright edges that lead the eye out of the frame and focus on the interest generated by the contrast of green and red and the bordering of red and yellow. I hope you like it.

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