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Yellow on the broom

By billmyl
Still practising takinng photos of plants and flowers. I love yellow on blue but not sure if this shot is good or not. All comments and critique most welcome

Tags: Flowers and plants Gorse Wildlife and nature

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Eastlands 7 760 4 Northern Ireland
7 Jun 2013 3:00PM
It looks good to me, sharp, good background, the broom is well positioned ( angle and leaving space on the left ) in the frame, well captured, there is just a small white piece to the right of the leaf in the centre of the image that I would have photoshopped out,John.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
7 Jun 2013 6:35PM
Its a good shot. A little soft, and shallow dof, so better using f/8 or f/11.

I like the diagonal, they always look good. Try to make the diagonal run from left to right by flipping the image as in the mod, - it might look better.

I cropped it to a 10 X 8 also, sharpened a little, and reduced yellow slightly.

Youve done well with the yellow, a difficult colour in a shot.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 7:39PM
I see from your portfolio that you like taking shots of flowers, Bill, and you may get some inspiration from other flower photographers on this site by simply doing a gallery search for flowers.
I do think this image is good. The yellow broom is good and clear against the clean blue sky background, and you've presented it with a bit of an angle. The aperture that you chose has given you good detail throughout and although you were shooting into the sky, which often renders your subject dark, the bright yellow has stayed vibrant. Yellow is a difficult colour in photography, and I applaud your effort here, maintaining detail in the flowers. You chose a time of day when there was plenty of light to illuminate your subject well.
An important factor with flowers is to capture them when they are at their best, which you have done here. The broom is not quite fully open, showing those lovely curly stamens, but it still looks good.
As John says, there is a little bit in the centre that could do with cloning out, and there is something like a bit of web at the very tip of the end flower, which can easily be removed. When doing a close shot like this, it's the little details that will capture the attention.
In my first modification I added some canvas to the bottom because the lowest bit of flower is a littlet close to the frame edge. It just gives it a bit more breathing space. I cloned out those few little bits, adjusted levels and generally brightened it.
My second modification shows a strong diagonal presentation with the stem emanating from the bottom right corner, which could obviously be done at the time of shooting. Even if the broom is growing at the angle you captured it in, think about turning your camera in order to frame it at a more pleasing angle.
My third modification is simply a mirror image of the second one, which I have done to show you how it looks going from left to right. The western eye reads from left to right and tends to enter a photo at the left, so you can judge the difference for yourself.
billmyl Plus
5 170 1 Scotland
7 Jun 2013 7:41PM
Thanks John and Willie for your comments. Very much appreciated.
Still coming to terms with dof when shooting flowers in particular. I have now got a copy of photoshop cs2 which I am at present trying to learn my way around so that I can make adjustments when necessary.
The only way I could get the blue sky background was to shoot it going up from right to left. We don't see a lot of blue sky in Scotland!!


billmyl Plus
5 170 1 Scotland
7 Jun 2013 7:51PM
Thanks for your observations Pamela. Our posts obviously crossed. I did try other shots with the broom going from left to right but they did not turn out so well. Also there was a fair bit of wind which I had to contend with.



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