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By dplatt2000
As well as the big picture, I am hoping to focus more on the smaller details, so I recently purchased a macro lens for such work. I don't have much experience with this type of photography, but I am aiming to capture shape, form, pattern and colour, ideally in a semi abstract way. Here we have a Dahlia just about in full bloom, which reminded me of a fire, and that is what I was hoping to show. Feedback much appreciated.

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paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 2:48AM
Nice capture.

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 8:00AM
Beautiful composition, beautiful colour.

Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 4:22PM
Beautiful shot !!!....lovely quality !!!!
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 7:48PM
More info please. This does look like a fire and is well done. Obviously a wide aperture and one of the rare times in close up for not needing more depth of field.

16 Sep 2012 7:56PM
thanks for feedback...exif data has now been added. It was a dull day, and I was shooting handheld, hence a higher ISO than I would usually use with this old camera so that I could use a fast shutter speed.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 8:22PM
You achieved your goal, Darren, the dahlia does look like a fire, and your shallow dof accentuates that illusion.
My personal preference would be to have more of the centre in focus, which you could achieve by a more direct overhead shot of the flower, simply because you have more of the petals lying on the same focal plane.
Dahlias make beautiful subjects because they have bright graduating colours and sometimes even coloured outlines to their petals.
I just did a search of the gallery simply using "dahlia" as my search word, and you can see the result here . It will give you an idea of the many different angles used on this flower and the way people fill the frame with the centre colours, as you have.
With your macro lens, experiment with different apertures and check out the results, it can be a lot of fun.

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