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Blue Aphyllanthes - Provence roadside

By bevlchrisj
Taken on a recent trip to Provence where wild flowers are left to proliferate.

Tags: Panasonic Flowers and plants

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GeordieDoug 5 6 3 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2012 12:45PM
Expo looks spot on. Nice dof. Only thing that bugs me is all the "dead heads" in the shot. That cannot be helped I know as it would not be practicle to go gardening at the roadside. However I'd have cloned out that twig 3/4 of the way up the lhs. Could have probably cropped out the rh 1/4 and dropped the top by about the same as not a huge amout is added by these areas. I also noticed that you had ISO 400 and 1/2500 TV. Could have probably gotten away with ISO 100 and a slower TV and reduced the noise (not obvious at this size I know but if you did want to crop it in and print it, it might show).

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2012 1:59PM
An excellent example of botanical photography, which the suggested modifications would make a great image.

Regards Nathan
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3863 Canada
24 Jun 2012 3:14PM
Welcome to EPZ Chris.

Doug has provided a good critique, and all I can add is a suggestion to get in closer if possible and isolate a small number of flowers with a macro shot, to eliminate the distractions. The flowers themselves are very attractive, and make a nice subject.

Ive uploaded a cropped mod that can look better.

Enjoy the site,


tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2012 4:42PM
Beautifully doffed. Smile
24 Jun 2012 4:49PM
Excellent suggestions one and all! Many thanks, and thanks Willie for your version. The photo was one of those hope for the best shots as I couldn't actually see the image in my screen as the sun was so bright, nor in the view finder as it was almost impossible to get low enough, I just pointed and hoped for the best. I really like the square(er) format of Willies and I can see where you have done a little bit of cloning. Thanks again. I will keep trying!

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