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Summer nostalgia

By ladyangelwings  
Midday harsh sunlight, i thought these shadows on tulips were really nice

Tags: Summer Colour Tulips Tulip Flowers and plants

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Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2012 5:04PM
Colourful imagery, I am unsure whether or not you only wanted the one bloom in focus here or whether you would have preferred all of them to be. Personally I would have avoided the inclusion of the yellow ones unless you were able to include them all in their entirety.

I have uploaded a mod with the yellow ones removed, now to get them all in focus would have been my aim so it would have been necessary to adjust your viewpoint and/or use a much smaller aperture than full. Given the 1/4000sec exposure and the distance away of the background, it might have been possible to use f8 of f11 and still have a blurred background, but more importantly the three remaining blooms in sharp focus.

Say 1/2000 sec @ f8 or 1/1000sec @ f11.


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pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1952 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2012 7:47PM
I see from your portfolio that you like taking pictures of flowers, Erika, and I particularly like your "Purple Rain", where you chose one flower head to focus upon, with just one other blurred in the background.
Here you have a tulip in the foreground that is out of focus, and just one red tulip in focus. I would normally expect the one at the front to be the prominent one, but that does tend to be a matter of taste. That one in focus looks very nice, and I agree with you about the shadows. I think that if you could have managed to get those two on the right in focus, you'd notice the difference.
The two part yellow tulips are neither in the frame nor out of it, and I think you need to look at your composition, spend a little time considering it, before you shoot. If necessary, move some flowers away from your chosen bloom or blooms.
Frank has been very helpful with his suggestions about camera settings.
Another thing to be aware of is your background. If you can find an angle whereby the background is either mostly grass or mostly sky, your flowers will stand out better. Here you have a half-and-half split.
Simplicity is the key. Instead of trying to squeeze lots of subjects into a photo, aiming for simplicity is often the best strategy. Instead of dwelling on what you can add to the composition, focus on what can be removed in order to strengthen the composition.
thank you so much for tips, i find them very helpful, i'm an amateur photography enthusiast and learning by my self, so any constructive critique is always welcome. Thank you both Smile
Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2012 11:27PM
I find the grey blob (rock?) a bit distracting, but the light on the flowers is great considering the time of day.
I think I would try to isolate one colour of flower in each frame, as Frank's mod, unless they are really mixed, and I agree entirely about a smaller aperture and would probably use f/11 and whatever shutter speed you needed. All the flowers need to be in focus in a shot like this, and because you are so close, the background should stay out of focus. I can't help but think the pink tulips would look better against the sky rather than the grass, though the yellow against the grass would be fine..

If you change the angle, you would change the composition, and the mod is more the sort of composition with less wasted space in the sky. It's good that you got down so low in the first place though, and didn't just shoot downwards....its a good effort, try even lower for a more dynamic view!

Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 12:54PM

Quote: i'm an amateur photography enthusiast and learning by my self, so any constructive critique is always welcome. Thank you both Smile

Most of us are as well.

Good to know Smile

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