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Spectrum Blossom

By Theadditionalneedsphotographer
Three "blossom' trees, each with a different Colour and then the grass and the other foliage, adds to the contrast.

Tags: Flowers Colours Gardens Clacton Blossom Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
14 2.0k 4002 Canada
20 Apr 2019 3:03PM
Nice expanse of tree blossoms and colours.

A difficult shot for the camera, with the sky included, and its done a decent job in P mode.

When you have white balance set to AWB, you will temnd to get an image that will lean towards a blue cast, its present a little here, and the mod is just a little warmer, with the upper highlights toned down a little. All easily done in post processing with a decent programme.



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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2053 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2019 4:12PM
Hi Robert, welcome to ePHOTOzine, I see that you have just joined us. I hope you'll enjoy the site, it's a good place to share and to learn.

You ticked the critique box when you uploaded, I wonder if that was intentional? It has the effect of disabling votes and awards but it invites more in-depth comment.

Assuming that's what you intended, I'll add two points to Willie's advice above.

Firstly, the Exif indicates that this was taken early afternoon, and clearly in bright sun. That's the least photography-friendly time of day for gardens, you have bright sun beating down and as a result the white blossom is overexposed, and there are dark shadows immediately below. Early morning and late afternoon are likely to give more sympathetic light and shadows.

Secondly to my eye this needs a clockwise rotation.

I've uploaded a modification - you'll find these under the blue modifications button below your upload. I reduced both exposure and contrast, and warmed the colour slightly. Then I rotated (which necessitated some loss of canvas space), and used the burn tool very gently on the white blossom to try to retrieve some detail there.

When images are uploaded for critique, it helps if we know as much as possible about the photographer's aims and the circumstances of the shot. Your username indicates that you may have particular needs - so do feel free to ask questions. Someone will have an answer...
pamelajean Plus
13 1.1k 2079 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2019 9:26PM
Welcome to EPZ's Critique Gallery, Robert.
I see you are filling up your portfolio already.

Your choice to include three trees in your frame was a good one. Odd numbers make for good compositions, and three is a popular photographic choice. Having said that, I have removed your right-hand tree in my modification. I feel that the over-exposed white blossom spoils the whole image, and have therefore chosen not to include it. The light on that nicely shaped tree trunk on the right is lovely, and it's a pity to exclude it really. But sometimes less is more.

Excluding the sky from your frame would have improved the exposure. The next time you are surrounded by trees, look at your frame with some sky in it, then recompose to exclude it and see how the exposure alters.

So I cropped the top and right, maintaining your aspect ratio, and placing the left-hand tree on a thirds line (see Rule Of Thirds). I excluded most of the sky. I could now brighten the image safely without accentuating the over-exposed white blossom.


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