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Work: Babyshower 2

By Sone  
Also taken at the babyshower. This was just one of the flowers on the table. I took my macro filters and captured this pretty flower. I know my ISO was quite high, but it was how i got good exposure. This was made or sort of made High Key in Photoshop Elements. I thought it worked quite well. What do you guys think about this for a beginner ?

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
28 Jun 2013 7:56AM
Great processing Smile

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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2013 9:57AM
Your soft pastel treatment is actually quite effective. The focal point is the back of the flower and you would be better, if you know the depth of field is going to be limited, to focus further forward giving sharp petals close to the camera, falling off to the back.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
28 Jun 2013 2:51PM
Pauls advice will give a shot with a larger area of detail closer to the lens, so a good practice to follow.

Ive reduces noise in a mod. View large.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2013 3:34PM
Yes, focus further forward, and also try to use a slightly faster shutter speed if possible - I suspect that there's some camera movement here, 1/30 second is pushing the limit for hand-held at this focal length even if you have a steady pair of hands. A slightly larger aperture with careful focusing on the very nearest petals would have given some clean sharp detail to contrast with the softer detail behind. Remember that those nearest petals are what the viewer needs to feel able to reach out and touch.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2013 9:53PM
A good effort, Sone, but a few things let it down for me.....the focus, the background, the brightness and the noise.
I like the way you have filled the frame with the flower but have been wondering if you needed something inside the frame which spoke of a babyshower, as in your last picture. Here you have one single element to your image, and I think it could tell more of a story if you moved something else from the event closer to the flower. I think my reasoning is that this could have been taken anywhere, and has no strong message.
Focus or the lack of it can be used for emphasis and can lead to a much more interesting and creative photograph. Focusing on a flower at close range needs to be done carefully. If you focus on the tip of the front petal and shoot using a wide aperture everything towards the back petal will gradually go out of focus. If you focus in the middle, the back and front will become progressively out of focus. The depth-of-field preview allows you to check the focusing depth and you can preview the photo and check to see if you're happy with the sharpness on the camera's screen. Deciding where you think that focus might be most effective is the first thing to do.
A lot of flower photographers consider it important to use selective focusing, and feel that by keeping everything in the image sharp means there’s no focal point, but I am not in total agreement with that. If you feel that you are, then choose one spot of the subject and keep that sharp. Choose a shallow depth of field, normally f/2.8–f/8, to give everything else a slightly blurry, ethereal effect. Conversely, something like f22 will give you most of the flower in focus. With this flower image, the centre really needs to be in focus.
A tripod or a monopod is a good accessory you can use at indoor locations and means you can avoid any blur, which is always more apparent in close up images.
It's worth considering your background very carefully. If you are sticking with one flower and nothing else, you can always place some coloured card behind the flower, and choose a complementary or contrasting color to bring out the petals. Using a colored card is a great way to create an instant studio background no matter where you are.
My modification shows the sort of image you can achieve using this method. I used noise reduction, selected the background, turned it pink, then adjusted highlights and shadows to get some detail back into your flower, finishing with a levels adjustment.

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