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Dietes Bicolor

By JohanGrobbelaar
The genus Dietes is only found in South Africa and on Lord Howe island between Australia and New Zealand. D. bicolor is found naturally in the Bathurst region of the Eastern Cape in South Africa.

Tags: General Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2009 1:59PM
Hello, Johan. There is a lot to like about this. What an interesing flower, too. You have the whole flower well within the frame and an angle that shows the beauty of its centre, with good focus and colour, as well as a good dark background. Your excellent use of dof has rendered the background flower nicely out of focus and the main flower fully IN focus, but I don't feel we need to see the whole of the background one, because it is then competing with the main one for attention. The other issue I have with the image is the shadows that have fallen upon your main bloom. The light was obviously strong, and you have done well with the exposure on a light-coloured flower, with no burnt out areas, but the shadows are strong. Since they are caused by the curve of the petals themselves, there wasn't much you could do about it except perhaps change your angle a little. I often hold the flower in a fully-lit or total shadow position and take a one-handed macro, but a tripod obviously helps too. In my modification, I cropped the left so that only part of the background flower is in the frame, then added some canvas to the right. I brightened the image, lifted the shadows so that the petal shadows were a bit less dark, reduced the highlights and selectively sharpened just the flower centre. Only minor tweaks to a nice image.

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Hello Pamela,
Thank you for this extremely helpful critique, you have no idea how much I appreciate it!
The photo as shown is as taken, no cropping done. I did adjust the exposure down slightly in LR.
Looking at your excellent mod. I am wondering if the main bloom isn't now too central?
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2009 9:45PM
You're right, Johan!! Slapped wrist for me, then.

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