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By custardcream_supreme
My photos of plants/flowers seem to be quite popular (well more so than my other photos at least) so here is another one. Any advice/comments are much appreciated, thanks.

Tags: Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature

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Mikelane 9 1 Wales
17 Jun 2008 12:51PM
Lovely image good detail well captured

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marybal4 10 64 England
17 Jun 2008 1:21PM
A beautiful shot. A pity about the wilted petal at the top, it takes the eye away. You may be able to clone it a bit. Personally I would have thrown the background out of focus more.
Hope that's helpful.
Paul_cats 10 61 22 Scotland
17 Jun 2008 4:01PM
Flower photography and indeed any form of macro photography such as insects etc is a bit of an enigma to me. Some pepople prefer to isolate the subject by good use of DOF or putting something behind the flower such as a piece of cloth or even paper. Others prefer to see the subject in its natural environment. You will never please everybody. Having said that, most of the flower shots that I have seen win awards have been of the isolated type i.e. in a studio with good use of lighting and a plain bg or in the wild with good use of DOF to blur the bg and really make the subject stand out. This is my own personal preference.
In your shot it looks as though you have attemted to blur the bg but because the flower is quite close to what looks like a concrete wall then it hasnt blurred sufficiently to achieve the desired effect. When trying to isolate the subject be very careful with your choice of bg so that it is uncluttered and make sure there is a fair distance between the subject and the bg. In your shot there is a black line above the top of the flower which is either a stich or a join in the wall. Try to eliminate this if you can. Also if you had moved round to the right a bit you would not have included the leaves in the top rh corner which are rather distracting. I cannot comment on the colour as I am offshore at the moment and the monitors on here have not been calibrated. However I do agree with Mary about the wilted petal at the top. Perhaps if you had done what i suggested and moved round to the right you could have obscured the wilted petal with a good one. For me, a good judge of how good my shot is is how much post pic editing I need to do to make a good shot out of a half decent one. After taking your pics sit down and think how you could have taken the shot better to eliminate the amount of post pic editing.
I hope you have found this helpful. If so please mark as good critique.
And finally, if you want really good critique, try posting a little more info about the shot i.e. Tripod/no tripod. camera settings etc etc.
Angi_Wallace 8 172 10 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2008 5:44PM
Its a nice shot but I find the focus is better on the leaf in the bottom right corner rather than on the flower itself, leaving the flower looking soft to me. Not sure if that is what you intended?

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