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By irweazel  
my first go at some close up pics of flowers, don't have a macro lens so just doing the best with what i have

it feels too busy, thought and comments welcome

Tags: Flower Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4070 Canada
2 Oct 2008 9:08PM
You dont need a macro lens for flower shots, - but it helps if you want to get really close.

This is a nice flower shot that can be improved with a few small changes.

Its a little soft, - needs to be sharpened a little.

The crop has a fair amount of emty black space at the bottom, and doesnt really draw the eye to the main attraction, - easily improved with a closer crop, - Ive suggested a square crop in my mod.
A little increase in contrast, - a levels or curves adjustment in Photoshop really makes it "pop"

A shallower depth of field (larger aperture, smaller f stop number) would help focus attention on the main flower, but again some Gaussian blur applied to the background, as is done in the mod can help.

I hope you find this useful,



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irweazel 13 167 England
2 Oct 2008 9:22PM
thanks for the look and the comments
was shooting free inside a church with a flash so was a little limited for shutter speed and apeture

like the blur and the crop works really well, wasn't quite sure how much to isolate the flower as the back ground was part of the main background
Nice shot love it.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2099 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2008 2:22PM
Hello, Chris. You are right, the background is a bit busy, and Willie's mod gives a great idea for isolating the single flower. You say you took this in a church, but the background doesn't convey anything obviously churchy, so it becomes irrelevant, and a close crop is the answer. For a first try at a closeup of flowers, you did well. Keep it up.
irweazel 13 167 England
4 Oct 2008 3:41PM
it was more that i was saying that it was dark in there with lots of shadows etc so i was really limited with the light i had to play with i.e. aperture wise etc

but thanks i have a few more pics that i will give a go with these comment in mind, thanks for looking and commenting

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