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By bglimaye
This is the flower I could able to see in one of the Sahyadri valley on Sunday afternoon..

Tags: Landscape and travel

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 9:23AM
I can find very little to fault in this rather beautiful close up, gorgeous colours, great detail, and rather nicely composed. My only thought would be to created a darker background, and maybe a tighter square crop in order that the viewer may focus more on this beautiful flower.

Regards Nathan

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 8:40PM
Passion flowers are not the easiest of flowers to photograph, but you have done well here, isolating it from the background and getting most of it in focus. The important part is the centre, and that looks good.
A slightly smaller aperture would have enabled you to have just a little more of it in focus. You will notice that several tips of the blue radial filaments are out of focus, simply because they are the parts closest to your lens. The other part closest to your lens is one of the 3 top anthers, which is also slightly out of focus. The petals are obviously behind the filaments, and inevitably undefined, but that is only to be expected. If you like the effect, that's fine.
Your shallow depth of field has given a nice effect, so it depends on whether you want more of it sharp or not. Practicing with different apertures is a good exercise when dealing with flowers, so that you know what to expect and can judge by the size of your bloom just how much you are going to want to be in focus.
The large white areas in your background are very distracting, but I think a close crop would easily eliminate them.
When shooting a flower from this angle, it isn't always necessary to leave space to one side of it, often a square crop can look good.

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