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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
29 Aug 2012 8:14AM
Beautiful and lovely image,

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thank u.
Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 9:28AM
Well Debarun, a relatively pleasant image but with a few pointers I do believe it could be improved.

Firstly my personal preference and I believe a preference of discerning viewers is for bits of flower head that find their way into the frame at the edges to be eliminated by some means. Preferably by photographic gardening, (moving them carefully out of your way and letting them back when you have finished). That is to say, taking out the three partial heads to the left hand side.

Secondly, doing the above would leave you with two heads, now the old adage "Two heads are better than one" does not apply to photography, It is apparent that a preference for either a single head or three heads has been shown based on comments of viewers. For that reason, here I would have concentrated on a single head.

Thirdly, I can't see where your point of focus is exactly here, whether or not this is due to camera shake of lack of sharp focus I just do not know. Your shutter speed is too low even allowing for the use of the wider end of your zoom range, but 1/15sec without a tripod is very difficult to manage. The aperture of f2.7 is also in my opinion too large. Using maximum aperture is to be avoided unless absolutely essential for the purpose to which you put it. Here stopping down at least to f5.6 would have been preferable. It is easy to make changes here by raising up your ISO rating.

Fourthly, your camera settings need some thought input, I notice your flash was set to ‘red-eye reduction’ which clearly was unnecessary.

Finally, the description section shows to sentences to guide you to add information to help the viewer.

Please describe your photo here.

Do you want critique? Tell us what you are trying to achieve or what sort of advice you are looking for. It's also useful to provide as much EXIF data for the photo (see below).

IMHO completing this is essential.

Eg Did you in fact use a tripod?
Was there a particular reason for using ‘red-eye’ flash?
Did you use full aperture for any particular reason?
You show a tag of ‘retouching’ what retouching took place?

All this sort of thing helps us to assess your upload better. I hope you take this in the manner it is meant ie to help you manage your chosen art form.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 9:47AM
Wow a rather detailed critique, certainly a lot to work on, I can only reinforced what has already been said, and by adding. Keep at it, "Photography is such a great way of expressing so many emotive feelings with out having to put a brush, crayon, pen or pencil to paper?".

Regards Nathan
29 Aug 2012 11:24AM
thank you mr. focus man for your valuable suggestion.i admit whatever you have said. you can say im amateur in this field. i would do better in future.
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1966 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 9:11PM
Hello, Debarun, and welcome to EPZ.
Frank has covered most areas about your image.
When you have followed his advice and are able to get a nice sharp shot of your flowers, then it's time to think about your composition. The main thing is to try to isolate your chosen bloom or blooms so that they have no distractions, and your background is clean, therefore complementing your flowers. Look around, move around, and pin others back if necessary. You don't need to cut them and take them indoors. Then, make sure you have them well within the frame, without chopping any parts off.
You might like to read this article, and this one shows a number of techniques. (Click on the blue words to open the techniques).

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