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By Andy_Cundell
Please can you help me!

I'm happy with the colour, DOF (until you tell me what's wrong!) but I just cant get the crop right. The photo was taken at this angle but I just cant seem to make my mind up on orientation and cropping.

Any idea's or mods will be greatly appreciated! (and the name of the flower!).

Oh, I used my new Kenko extension tubes on this one, the flower was about 4 mm across!

Thanks in advance


Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2011 8:43PM
This is a great micro shot of this very small flower. Focus & DOF spot on. I agree the composition is not quite right, surprising how it plays such a part in macro work.
As regards the crop I feel it needs more space in front of the flower.
The orientation maybe clockwise about 45 degs.
The angle could be more across the plain of the petals whilst still allowing a full view of the stamens.
Did you use a tripod because a lower shutter speed would have allowed a lower ISO, I think noise is showing.
I was interested to see this image made using a 105 mm lens and tubes.
Good work

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rambler Plus
9 969 17 England
29 Jun 2011 11:33PM
I think it would work better in portrait mode, rotate clockwise and add more space on the right hand side.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
30 Jun 2011 12:28AM
Hi Andy, - youre question is about framing and composition, so I will add my input based only on that, - and support all the good advice provided above.

I have loaded a mod to show exactly what I mean.

The flower is very cramped in the frame. In addition, the background colour is quite strong and intense, which is competing with the flower itself.

Its needs more space, a lighter and less intense background, a little more sharpening of the stamens, and to brighten it overall, a lighter coloured border. The flower ideally should be rotated so its coming out near a corner, reaching diagonally toward the other corner, with the stamens close to a third.

Take a look at the mod and let me know if that hits the spot for you.


Andy_Cundell 7 1.1k 5 England
30 Jun 2011 8:02AM
Thank you Very much for your comments and time! Grin I knew it didnt look right, but couldn't put my finger on it!


Andy C

Edited to say: Yeah, I've noticed the 1600 ISO, I must admit I had the camera on manual ISO *slaps hands*!

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