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Flowering Quince

By JohanGrobbelaar
Beautiful colours in a winter garden!

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
14 Jul 2009 6:38PM
Lovely colour, angle and detail. Bg is just a bit too busy, but otherwise a lovely capture.


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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2009 11:47AM
Hello, Johan, it's me again. Top marks for perseverance, you are doing well with your flower photography. I think you are probably aware that your background is a bit too fussy here, as has been pointed out by Ann. It looks as if you focused on this one branch of the quince, forgetting there was a lot more of the flower behind it. However, your depth-of-field was good enough to blur the background, and I like the fact that you have two flowers as points of focus, bottom left and top right, and also that you have put the stem on the diagonal for effect. Physically isolating your chosen stem would have been good, either by using a piece of cloth or card. The little twig poking into the bottom right of the frame is distracting and can be removed, and I also feel there is a bit of dead space that could be taken away, focusing all attention on the one stem. In my modification, I cropped both sides and cloned out the twig. I selected the background, desaturated it and blurred it some more. I adjusted the levels and then selected the two focused flowers and sharpened them.
Hello Pamela
Thank you for your time and critique!
I was hoping that the shallow DOF would be enough to isolate the flowers and I quite liked the OOF background. Agree on the twig, bottom RHS, but PP skills not there yet, never mind cloning!
All I did on the RAW image was to sharpen slightly and slight cropping using LR2. Cropping part of the twig looked unsightly so I rather left it.
What software do you use for PP? I do have LR2 as well as PSE 7, but hardly use Elements ...
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2009 7:10PM
If you like the oof background, Johan, then that's fine. It's your picture and you should be proud of it. Once you have tried cloning, you never look back, lol. I use PaintshopPro.

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