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By ColleenA
Wow thank you for the great response to my leaf image yesterday and to Dave (Whiterose1) for his UA.
Another of my abstract leaf images from Sunday. This one I cropped slightly to to get rid of the bottom half of the leaf. Apologies if I did not get to your image to vote yesterday but as I sat down to spend a few hours on epz last night,I ran out of data and only back from the shops now recharged.... I will try and catch up today....

Tags: Leaves Close-up Flowers and plants Kirstenbosch gardens

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richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
10 Apr 2013 9:59AM
Nice presentation, Nice image, I like it a lot!!

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
10 Apr 2013 10:07AM
I wondered where you were wasting your precious epz time Colleen Smile We are on MTN uncapped which is wonderful because we have three laptops and wherever we go and there is MTN reception we can go on Smile I like these images - especially the very green V2 !! You must have done well in your exam I am sure Smile
johnke 5 223 15
10 Apr 2013 10:12AM
A super set Colleen with V2 being the stand out image by a long long way. I would suggest that to improve your composition on V2 that is, the right hand side of the leaf would be a far better composition if you included the end in the frame. I would like to see this image again if possible with the whole leaf included....John
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
10 Apr 2013 10:17AM
Thanks John, only V1 is cropped, V2 and 3 are exactly like I took them, no alterations ,I just framed them in Picasa. We are not allowed to alter the images in any way for my exam as they want to see that we know what we are doing....yeah... Colleen
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 10:21AM
Three beautifully captured closeups, the green providing a most refreshing appeal

Image number two is my particular favourite Colleen

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Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 10:34AM
V2 definitely has the edge for me........................... Wasn't sure what you meant by ran out of data until I read Hermans comments................ Don't tell me you have slot meters for the internet GrinGrinGrinGrin
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 10:37AM
Three fantastic images Colleen. The greens look so fresh and clear. Love V2 - can see that as a big canvas image in my conservatory! Wink

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 10:41AM
3 great images Colleen, V2 for me, again simple but very effective images, well captured
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
10 Apr 2013 10:58AM
Another fine set, Colleen, with V.1 being my favourite. Carol
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 11:59AM
Wonderful images, green is my favorite colour! My UA goes for V1! Well seen! Grin
10 Apr 2013 12:43PM
SmileGreat images Colleen v2 for me though
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 12:49PM
V2 for me too. lovely shot!
10 Apr 2013 12:51PM
Three excellent images Colleen. Vi for me todaySmileSmile
Richsr 11 91 223 England
10 Apr 2013 3:11PM
version 2 for me Colleen
regards Richard
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
10 Apr 2013 3:30PM
Three more detailed green images, Colleen. v2 has the strongest composition for me.

widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
10 Apr 2013 4:25PM
Lovely Colleen the composition in V2 is spectacular GrinGrinGrin great set

boov 5 2 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 4:47PM
Great trio.....V2 great great...
10 Apr 2013 4:50PM
Wonderful set of great captures! V2 for me, Colleen.
xwang 9 56 8
10 Apr 2013 5:17PM
Beautiful green color.. I can't tell which one is the best, I think they are different intentions...
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
10 Apr 2013 6:37PM
Fantastic and lovely set of images,very well done,
gwynn56 6 87 England
10 Apr 2013 7:00PM
nice set though I do prefer v2Smile
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 7:37PM
Three brilliant images Colleen - I do agree though that v2 is outstanding. First Class photography.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
10 Apr 2013 7:44PM
v2 for me, a perfect diagonal and lovely tones. I don't like the triangle on the right hand side in v1... but that is a matter of taste of course. V3 is beautifully soft and touching with that wee ant.
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
10 Apr 2013 8:20PM
Three brilliant imagesSmile
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
10 Apr 2013 8:35PM
Well done on these images. This will be a lengthy post because I believe there's a lot of potential here. I understand you cannot carry out much post-processing for the exam, but do consider this critique if you want to revisit these images post-your exam. All the comments below will take this into account.

Starting from v2... V2 is my favourite, but John's critique above is spot on - I think the missing edge there, excuse the pun, is the edge of the leaf. The composition would have improved if we could follow the leaf from the bottom left, follow the diagonal till the edge of the leaf and then maybe travel back towards the starting point by following the out of focus areas. Without the edge of the leaf, our eyes "end" the movement on the frame, and I don't think this is something you should aspire to.

Also, speaking of the frame, I would probably go for colours that are a bit more contrasting, at the very least in the inner colour. For instance, I prefer the colour choices made for the frame in V1, as the white portion separates the frame from the image, whilst the green complements it. In V2, however, this aspect is missing as both colours used in the frame are very similar to the subject matter. Coupled with the "edge of the leaf" issue above, this might detract from the quality of the final presentation, in my opinion of course. I think if you retake V2 and ensure that the composition includes the leaf's edge (on RHS), and adjust the frame colours to say white (internal) and green (external) or white/black for instance for added contrast, then the end-result would be a much better photo.

As regards V1, it's a well spotted abstract. I would also consider going lower and aiming the camera higher, trying to get those curled edges to look more 3D. Some creative use of lighting might also introduce a bit of shadow elements that help make the image "pop" a bit more. The frontal view doesn't permit this as much. Moreover, this approach would probably eliminate the diagonal in the background - we tend to follow lines but that line isn't helping much being on the RHS, going from top to bottom, and leading away from the subject. I would have tried to avoid such a line in the composition so as to retain attention on the "comb-like" effect that you clearly wanted to achieve with this image. Regardless, it's still a nice abstract.

Finally, as regards v3, I think if you revisit this image and carry out some minor post-processing, I would clone out that black dot in the middle as it is distracting, and I would finish off by rotating the image towards the right by a couple degrees (as necessary) to straighten the middle line. Potentially, I'd go for a square crop and position the vertical on a third, left or right, for a more abstract look. I like the texture on this one, and how the lines move across the leave in a shape similar to waves.

All in all, there's a LOT of potential in these images, and they're all well taken. With a little bit of care though, and in a context where you could do some post-processing, you will end up with an even better set, and I look forward to seeing such a set if you take up these suggestions and revisit this work.

Regardless of the above, well done and good luck on your exam, and hope you didn't mind my critique. Take care!

SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2013 8:57PM
Very nicely taken and I love the colours and contours of the leaf.
10 Apr 2013 9:32PM
Great images Colleen, really captures the clour and detail in the leaves
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
10 Apr 2013 11:45PM
Of the three I like V2 the best, I like the focus fallen off toward the back end. - gary
Ayoob 7 Australia
11 Apr 2013 1:02AM
Great set ,Colleen very well taken and presented.........Grin
11 Apr 2013 5:29AM
Lovely shades of soothing green.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 12:02PM
Some helpful advice here Colleen - I particularly like v2
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
12 Apr 2013 8:49AM
I like V1 best.

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