Still striking

By ColleenA
Thank you for the great response to my leaves photography. This is from the same days outing... a dead agapanthus, I thought it still looked an umbrella stripped of its covering.
A big thank you to Chinga and Sue118 for their UA's. It meant the world to me as these images are my final exam for my course...I get results this evening....I may do well after allGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Tags: Flowers and plants Kirstenbosch gardens

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
11 Apr 2013 6:27AM
I thought Isabel [ Chinga] would love those delicious green images Colleen Smile Two lovely images - with V1 close to an abstract feel !! very well done - and I believe your results tonight will be awesome Smile

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johnke 5 223 15
11 Apr 2013 6:41AM
Hi Colleen. They booth look fantastic and your so called instructors should be more than happy with your results after such a short time. Your Bg are both well out of focus and nicely done for a beginner.Couple of small points. Again with this type of photography, either its very close or you show the whole plant but as I said yesterday on both images the are just running out of the frame but that is easy to correct so next time just frame your subject in the view finder and take a little time to ensure all of it is in the frame. Without getting technical because I dont think your ready for the Photo Mumbo Jumbo that you have found so rightly confusing. But a little bit darker would improve the color saturation of both images, so just bear that in mind next time. Good luck for tonight and I am sure you will do better than most as you have been improving so well over the past month. Photography is a huge subject and prone to opinion so dont worry about what they say as long as the basics are correct and most importantly , you are happy with your own work. Good luck....John
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
11 Apr 2013 7:03AM
Some good points made by John above, Colleen, I wish you all the best for good results tonight, I'm sure you will pass with flying colours Smile. Two more great images, showing that a flower doesn't have to be in bloom to have its own appeal. Carol
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 7:31AM
Fingers crossed for this evening, hope all goes well.
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 8:02AM
Colleen with images like this you will pass your exam easy-peasy! Good luck and well done on today's images. Superb! Smile

11 Apr 2013 8:36AM
I like the way you have captured the images, Colleen. Both are excellent. Good luckSmileSmileSmile
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 8:38AM
good luck for tonight .....
you will be just fine
boov 5 2 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 8:45AM
Great take
11 Apr 2013 8:49AM
A great shot and good luck..Lin
11 Apr 2013 8:54AM
good day Colleen at last found some time to visit your PF this has fine detail and dof I do hope you do did well in last nights exam and thanks for your kind comments on my efforts it is much appreciated and in answer to your question it was not a swimmer but a mooring buoyWink

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widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
11 Apr 2013 9:30AM
Nice shot again Colleen Grin I think John said it all actually , hope the exam went well Grin

alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
11 Apr 2013 9:55AM
Have to agree with John - look at the exam as a means to an end and you'll be fine. Keep learning, keep asking for help and comments and you'll keep on improving. But remember, the ultimate criticism comes from you - make sure you like the work you're doing and if that's there, then you keep on shooting and enjoying this wonderful hobby.

For me, V1 is better composed and presented, so that gets my vote. Keep up the effort and good work Colleen.
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
11 Apr 2013 10:00AM
Both super images!! The totally diffused bg's help the heads to stand out!! I like them a lot!! V1 just edges it for me, but only just!!!!
11 Apr 2013 10:19AM
a fine presentation.
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 11:46AM
2 great images Colleen, hope you do well in your exam. SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 11:55AM
I have great confidence in your potential.............. these shots are great, their simplicity makes them.

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 11:58AM
v2 for me today - and I hope you get some encouraging results today SmileSmile
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 12:27PM
Great image, good luck in your exam i'm sure you will do wellSmileSmileSmile

User_Removed 8 48 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 1:31PM
Two super images Colleen, you should score well with these.
Regards, Alf.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 1:37PM
Firstly good luck with your forthcoming examination, I am confident that you will do well, your work certainly speaks volumes

Secondly two interesting compositions each with the own unique selling points. For me however I feel that image 2 is the more pleasing.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
11 Apr 2013 5:26PM
Two lovely close-ups, Colleen, can't pick a fave, like 'em both equally Wink
Good luck with the exam! Smile
Trev Smile
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
11 Apr 2013 5:47PM
This is a great set of lovely images.
I wish you all the best for this evening.
Will you let us know tomorrow,I'd say that you've got nothing to worry aboutSmile
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
11 Apr 2013 7:11PM
Very good advice about checking whats in the view finder, I tend to leave room around my subject as you can always crop slightly post capture but you can not add in something you miss.

Best of luck with the exam results. - gary
11 Apr 2013 8:48PM
Two super images Colleen, like them both, best of luck this evening
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 9:01PM
Good advice given
and a good two images
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 9:29PM
Two fine shots esp. V1.
Hope you did well this evening.
12 Apr 2013 4:23AM
Excelente fotografía.

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