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Once again the focus point too central?
I concentrated very hard to get the exposure correct and think it worked. Only natural light used.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:Canon 100mm f2.8 macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:African Violet 4
Username:JohanGrobbelaar JohanGrobbelaar
Uploaded:16 Jun 2009 - 6:53 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, General
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Voters:hellsbells8868 · ringyneck · crookymonsta · G3 · pamelajean ·
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pamelajean Critique Team 9930 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1756 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2009 - 7:23 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Yes, good exposure and light. I think this one works, Johan, though not to my personal taste, which you must not take as a criticism, remembering what I said about flower photography before. There are some flower pictures on this site that get loads of votes, but I just do not like them. So here are my personal thoughts. I think you could get away with cropping a bit off the right, which will make your chosen flower less central. Again, the blurred area catches my eye, so the crop would show less of it. Your chosen flower is beautifully in focus and sharp. Can you see how the other blobs of yellow catch the eye as well? Background distractions are so very hard to avoid at times, and since each of these deep-coloured flowers has a bright yellow centre, there really isn't much you can do. I think, however, that the blurred one on the right is too dominant, but this is simply because it was in front of your chosen flower and, if it had been behind it, the blur would have been less, and it would just have been out-of-focus due to your nice shallow depth of field. You can see that the left petal is overlapping your main flower. I am wondering if this would in fact have been better if your dof had been even shallower, with just the centre of the flower in focus? I am imagining a straight-on shot with just the centre in focus and the rest of the frame completely a blurred dark violet colour.....mmmmm. I don't see the necessity of including any background at all and, on that subject, I'm going to be picky again because of that strong orange curve. There is definitely a lot to learn. Now, I realise these are tiny flowers, and would normally suggest some material placed behind a chosen specimen, but in this case I think you could just use some coloured art card if you want any background at all. There are so many options. Hope this is of some help.

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19 Jun 2009 - 8:23 PM

Points well taken, thank you very much Pamela.
Funny how that OOF righthand side now bothers me!
Will try a bit of cropping and see how it works out ....but then the orange is still there :-( ....

Last Modified By JohanGrobbelaar at 19 Jun 2009 - 8:25 PM

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