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I haven't uploaded for months due to ill health..still ongoing but am just about able to take photos again although I have sold most of my lenses. I didn't think I would ever return but here goes ! Grin

I would really like critique as my confidence is at an all time low. A close up shot of a tulip in our garden but I think it is a tiny bit shaky ! I used to take flowers all the time but may spend more time in the future on scenes. One day at a time at the moment !
Many thanks

Camera:Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:3 Apr 2008 - 3:07 PM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.4
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
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Title:Back Once More
Username:dianah dianah
Uploaded:8 Apr 2012 - 12:30 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Tulip close-up
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nice red on green


Lovely shot, i would maybe have upped the f stop to bring more of the flower into focus but other than that
a nice shot and well presented.
It's good to see you back on here, sorry to hear you haven't been well, hope things improve for you soon Smile

gary_d Plus Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 2:50 PM

I always think the out of focus areas are as important as the in focus and for me you have it about right here.

I am so sorry you have not been enjoying good health and sincerely hope things improve and you are well enough to get back to photography and uploading here.

All the very best. - gary

EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 2:58 PM

What a lovely, rich colour and I rather like the focus used. So sorry to learn you have been unwell ad trust that you make good progress now. Good seeing you back again on epz.


dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 3:20 PM

Thank you everyone..it is so good to hear from people again ! I will have to get into the habit of taking photos again and will definitely need more help with the landscapes.

franken Plus Member 133637 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 4:11 PM

Welcome back Diana and sorry to hear of your health problems. This is lovely by the way.


banehawi Critique Team 111241 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3251 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 4:13 PM

Not at all shaky. Its sharp at the top, and softens as you look down the flower, which is a very nice effect. A good shot for your return.

Its a little tight in the frame, and Ive added more space in the mod. Desaturating the green background is worth trying as it allows the Tulip to take the stage on its own.

The frame is a personal thing, and I think it would look better with a simple frame, one thats not the same colour as the background.

Ive loaded 2 mods, both have the changes I mentioned, the second has a simple frame for comparison.

Happy Easter, and get well.

Since youve been away for a while, heres a few small changes you might like to know about:

There are features in this gallery you may want to use: Theres a "Like" icon beside a comment; and theres the small "Nominate for Constructive Critique" link at the bottom of every comment. The Critique Team approves or denies submissions for constructive Critiques, and members can accrue points. Critique Team members cannot approve comments on their own feedback. When you provide constructive feedback, you can also start collecting points, which can mean you are improving to the point where you can see how to improve other members shots. To qualify as Constructive, the feedback has to improve you image, your skill, your knowledge of the photographic process, or post processing. Comments like nice shot, love the scenery, etc dont qualify.

Hope this is helpful,



Herge88 Plus Member 840 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 4:52 PM

Great to see you posting again Diana, I hope your health problems will soon be behind you. This is a great start, a nice sharp tulip with great dof you have lost nothing.

Best Matt

ChiliMan Plus Member 9135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 5:16 PM

Hey hey!! Long time no see, Di SmileSmile

So sorry to hear about your health. I hope it passes soon.

Ok...now as for this shot, I have to say I can't see any shakiness! It's so sharp and defined at the top.

If you were worried about this, all I can say is: Start taking pics of all the flowers around you! Wink

And if you wonder about shakiness, view each pic on your computer at 1:1 or 100% and look at the edges.


Sylviwhalley Plus Member 8112 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 5:22 PM

Lovely to see you back, sorry to hear about your ill health and hope you are improving.
Lovely shot, great colours and dof. I'm looking forward to seeing more.

mhfore  8 England176 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 5:39 PM

Hi Di,

I like this, it works well. It is sharp at the top a fades away (slightly) as the follow the tulip, well taken. For me the crop works and although the flower appears to look to the right I don't think you need more space adding. I do think the background could do with darkening a little and the Tulip making brighter as a good strong red against a dark background will always work for me (well nearly always). Di have a look at the mod where I made these suggestions and it could make a good wall canvas. Wink

Take care


BarbaraR  9 England1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 5:40 PM

Now how spooky, I just thought I'd look you up
for old times sake .. and here you are back gal !
Everso nice to see you uploading again.
Missed you.
Be all well soon and keep the lovely shots coming.
Happy Easter.

Barbara Smile

dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 5:47 PM

The mods are brilliant..thank you so much Willie for all your advice..I love the first one especially ! I am overwhelmed by seeing so many friends from the past..thank you so much for all your words and interest. I won't get better unfortunately..Pulmonary Hypertension is what I have and it just progresses with no cure but I have loads of medication from Papworth Hospital and am trying to stay as well as possible. You have all made me feel alot more positive about taking photos again, today..so huge thanks and Happy Easter to everyone !

dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 6:06 PM

Thank you Martin, also for your modification..it is so vibrant, a wonderful contrast in colour.

helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 6:41 PM

Happy Easter Di - its lovely to see an upload from you. Sorry that you are struggling with your health - glad you sound positive about the help you are getting. Enjoy your photography .............and your grandchildren. So glad you are trying new things and I hope the advice here is a help - to me its a beautiful tulip SmileSmile
Best wishes

dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 7:00 PM

Great advice, Helen.. I am so surpised to see so many comments, it is wonderful. Lovely to hear from you as well. Thank you so much.

pamelajean Critique Team 9930 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1755 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 10:01 PM

It's been over a year, Di, but it's SO good to see you uploading again. I always enjoyed your flower pictures and manipulations.
I do hope your confidence has had a boost from reading all of the above comments.
What can I say? The tulip looks fine to me. However, if you do mean "shaky" literally, then use a tripodSmile. It will help your confidence knowing the tripod is going to ensure a sharp image.
Maybe getting back into taking pictures is just what you need. Flower photography in particular helps you get engrossed in the wonders and beauty of nature, appreciating the intricacies of what is all around you, giving you an inner beauty and peace derived from your involvement and closeness with all things natural. Then sit quietly with your computer and create more of those fabulous flower manipulations that you are so expert at. Share all of those things with your friends on EPZ and feel that you have contributed to our pleasure and happiness as well. I am not religious, but I do believe that "as you give, so shall you receive", or "as you sow, so shall you reap".
I googled for your condition because I hadn't heard of it, and now fully understand what you are having to endure. Although it's an achievement having it diagnosed at last, it doesn't make it any easier to cope with. Be assured that you have a lot of friends on EPZ and once they know you are back, their past friendship will be renewed, I feel sure.

dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2012 - 2:32 PM

Thank you so much Pamela..it is so good to hear from you and I also believe very much in "as you give so shall you receive". I am so pleased that I decided to upload again but I will go very gradually to start with. Thank you for looking up the condition too..I don't read about it much because I find it all a bit scary, the internet paints a pretty grim picture! I will keep in touch from now on, I promise !
Di Grin

Ridgeway  8222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 12:20 PM

It doesn't look shaky from here,,first thought was stunning,amazing detail.
Loving the colour and light,
As you recover daily why not record it with an image that inspired you on the day,
It would be a shame to let your photography skills become still and lifeless your images are full of life and vibrancy.


dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 8:47 PM

What a fabulous idea, Aiden. That is my positive thought for the day..even though it is now nearly nine o clock !Grin Thank you and I will aim for that. it might not happen all at once but hopefully I might get there once again ! Huge thanks.

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