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By AM74
Took a few shots here, and uploading a few versions. Would like to know which one works best composition wise and whether any technical improvement was needed.

Tags: Spring Flowers and plants Flowers and plants Bloom

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paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2018 7:41PM
You have got there, quality wise. There is possibly a bit too much going on with two tulips and the blue flower all sharp. i would prefer one very dominant sharp bloom with the rest less sharp and possibly a few less of them.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2160 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2018 7:42PM
Hello, Annie. This is an interesting set of images.

We can only have the camera settings for the first image, but I am assuming you used the same settings for all three because the depth of field looks the same. I mention the depth of field because that's the one setting I would have deemed important, trying different apertures each time. You can obviously see that some tulips are in focus and some are not. A smaller aperture/higher f-number, would give you more flowers in focus, i.e. a greater depth of field.

The three tulips on the left look fine because the front ones are more focused than the one behind. However, the two on the right don't look ok because it's the one at the back that is more focused than the one at the front. This looks odd.

I think you focused on the muscari in the middle. Or maybe you just took the shot with the focal point in the centre, and that's where the muscari is sitting.

Compositionally, I'd like to see the flowers closer together. There is quite a gap between them, and the viewer's eye will be going from side to side, like watching a tennis matchSmile.

It's always a good idea to try to isolate your flowers so that you don't have too many with others behind them because it spoils their outlines.

I have done a simple crop to the second version, just to show you what the image looks like when the right-hand tulips are removed. Out of the three versions you have uploaded, this would be my favourite, with the 4 left-hand tulips stepped nicely, and the muscari there for balance. BUT, at the time of shooting, I would have chosen a viewpoint that placed the muscari a bit closer to the tulips. Also, I would have used a vertical format in order to get some stem showing at the bottom.

dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1716 England
3 Jun 2018 5:10AM
Hi, Annie -

All the basics are sound: no gross technical issues with exposure or focus.

f/4 is quite a wide aperture to use for closeups of flowers, or almost anything else, and that shows up with the orange tulip to the right, which is out of focus and in the foreground. If it was behind the main subject, it wouldn't be very obtrusive: i nthe foreground, it 'blocks' our view of everything else.

A couple more thoughts... The green leaves make an excellent background, and allow the flowers to sparkle by way of contrast. It would be better, if you could have done it, to have angled the shot to avoid the lighter areas at the top of the frame. And the way that you group the flowers together is the difference between a really good composition and a record shot. Often, simplicity works, and an image of three blooms in a triangle is a classic way to achieve this. Alternatively, one flower that is different among a mass of another type wil lstand out, but for this you need a large number of flowers in shot.
3 Jun 2018 2:08PM
Thank you all for your really helpful comments. All of this makes a lot of sense. Many thanks again
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4169 Canada
3 Jun 2018 3:23PM
All images were shot at f/4. The focal point changes.

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