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By Dinda
Always lovely when it flowers, but rest of the time it's pretty dull and boring!!

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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Dinda 15 90 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2015 7:27PM
Oh and the spider web to the right is left in deliberately - all straight out of the camera apart from cropping.

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Dinda 15 90 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2015 7:28PM
Duuhhh... *right*
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 600 England
21 Apr 2015 10:07PM
A nice delicate image you've shot here, in soft lighting which has retained the fine detail.
Good use of a wide aperture to give a beautifully uniform background with no distractions. the flower curves nicely through the image.

I can understand you wanting to retain the web as it's a natural part of the scene. However, it doesn't say much about spider's webs, and is a distracting element. If it were an interesting shape web, possibly with water droplets on, then it's look fine. but as it is I've quickly removed it from my mod.

Due to the wide aperture not all blooms are sharp, and neither could or even should they be, but in my mod I applied a little sharpening so that the ones that were sharp stood out well.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2015 5:00PM
I see from your portfolio that you like photographing flowers, Georgina.

You used a shallow depth of field here and I assume this was your intention. You have some other flowers in your pf that are perfectly focused in the best areas, so you are competent with this, but a lot of those pictures have no Exif Data showing, and so I wasn't able to see what settings you used for them.

You may have chosen this if you felt the flowers were moving in the breeze, and your shutter speed is quite fast, so you have decisions to make.
I would, however, have liked to either see more of the spirea in focus, or the focused areas a lot sharper. I found it hard to know exactly where you focused.
An alternative would be to choose to go in closer for more detail and less flowers. And if you still wanted a shallow dof, you could focus on some of those attractive stamens.
Also make sure you are using a single focus point on your camera.

Your background is very good, a good green overall tone with no distractions at all.
The web is not sharp enough to be significant in the image, so I agree with Keith, and would remove it.

White flowers are often difficult to expose correctly, and yours are overexposed, leaving little detail in the petals.
A smaller aperture would have let in less light, and is ideal when the light is bright and you have a white subject.
If your recorded time is correct, you shot this late afternoon, which is usually a good time because the sun is lower and usually less strong. Try to avoid bright sunshine with a subject such as this. Diffused lighting or even light cloud is much better.

You could try underexposing for white flowers, perhaps using some negative exposure compensation. Introduce negative exposure compensation in perhaps 1/3 stop increments until there are no burned highlights showing on the review screen or histogram.
You could set your camera so that highlights are indicated on the screen as a flashing area when you review the image after taking it, which you should be able to do in one of the menus.
You could set your camera to show a histogram with the image, the right side of the histogram relates to whites and if there is a line of significant height over on the right side, this indicates areas of burned highlights with no detail.
Some things for you to consider.

paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2015 8:28PM
I would take the web out, it appears as a distraction. Very little un deed is sharp, just obe bloom out of many. A bit to much blur for me. You are using a compact so there are limits, but you should get to f8 and, i think, this close you heed more depth and the background will still be rathwr soft.

Dinda 15 90 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2015 2:12PM
Many thanks everyone for your useful and informative comments. Grin

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