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By losbarbados    
Taken towards the end of May last year, but going through my library with the idea of cataloging the contents, This one caught my eye because it isn't a picture I would normally take.

Not sure why I took it, or even which camera I used without checking out the EXIF It was in the flower beds outside St Pauls, I was probably looking to take a picture of St Pauls itself, but it just goes to show what you see if you open your eyes!

Tags: Flowers and plants

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Grampy 10 507 71 England
15 Jan 2011 11:42AM
I think your'e a bit out of your comfort zone with this one, I see that a lot of your work is of moving subjects. With this type of work you have time to compose and find the right angle , even wait for a good light all three i think you have neglected in this image, I have loaded a mod for you but honestly I don't think the shot matches up to your normal good standards.
I'm sorry if I have been a bit hard on you .
All the best Phill
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2011 7:05PM
Sorry, Andy, but this is far from the standard of the rest of your portfolio. Nothing in the frame is sharp, the main subject is too central in the frame, it's very dark, the white balance is off (the white petals have come out blue) and the colours are drab. From your other shots, I think you already know how to fix all of these things but do ask if there's something specific you'd like help with.

I'm sorry to be so negative but this is one that I'd bin on the first pass through the day's shots.
losbarbados 11 236 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2011 10:23AM
Thank you for the comments, As you have noted, this is so for out of my comfort zone, I put it up, as shot, to find out if there is something to build on, I am unsure how to compose a picture of this type, and the mods uploaded have pointed out a huge flaw in the image.

Will I have another go at it? Yes now I have some idea on how to compose the shot and the equipment I need to take with me, a shot of this nature is not going to work without some planning.

The other errors, as noted can be fixed in post.

As for the binning, it was in a trash sub folder (I keep them all) I probably meant to speak to my tutor about it just didn't find the time.

@DRicherby - no need to apologise the picture is poor, I was really looking for composition advice which was received, there are bits and bobs I'm not sure of, so I tend to put them up for critique as you can always rely on someone here to point you in the right direction
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2011 11:45AM
Fair enough. In terms of composition, flowers are a lot like people, in that they seem to be 'looking' in a particular direction — especially daffs. So, it's usually best to have one that's facing to the right on the left of the frame and vice-versa. In this kind of shot, where you're highlighting a single object in its environment, the rule of thirds is a good place to start your compositional thinking. For a shot of a fairly symmetrical flower, a central composition is more appropriate, kind of like a straight 'head shot' portrait.

Yes, the problems other than focus can be fixed in post processing but it is good to get as much right at shooting time as possible. This is especially true when you're shooting JPEG, which gives less flexibility for editing.

If you get the composition right or nearly right first time you have, say, a ten megapixel image to play with; get it wrong and you could easily be down to five or six megapixels, which limits your printing options and the saleability of the image, if you want to go down that route. It also means that focus is more critical because you are, in effect, zoomed in more. If you get the exposure right in the camera, you have 16 million colours to play with; if you under-expose by a stop, say, you have only about nine million so, again, you have less resolution, meaning less-smooth transitions from one tone to another.
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2011 3:58PM
With all the above. Compositionally the bloom needed to be more to the left top, but there is something very wrong technically. The whole image is soft - looking like flare to me - light direction or a rather dirty/low quality lens. Could the camera have had a dirty or misted up lens? Did you take it out from a warm bag/atmosphere straight into the cold?


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