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Our family gardener

By probie
taken as the snow had stated to melt, i have sharpened it and brought the colours out a bit,

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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 4:29PM
A jolly little image emerging from the cold grey snow. Looks good photographically to me.

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probie 9 22 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 4:49PM
Thanks ian, I took it after my two children had built a snowman with most of the snow in the back garden, thought it looked quite cute just sitting there.

paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 7:25PM
Amusing and well executed. Not much to be done. You have a nice image.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 7:38PM
The little figure looks fine and so do its colours, Peter, and although it's good to have some snow in the background, for added interest, I think it would have looked better if there were a bit more of it. I realise this is a simple garden ornament, but it's an ideal subject for learning a little more about photography techniques.
The background would be better if it were out of focus, in order for it to be less of a distraction from your "gardener". This would require you to adjust the depth of field. To get your ornament in sharp focus and the background blurred, use Aperture Priority and a smaller f number to allow your subject to stand out from its background. With this wider aperture, your depth of field becomes shallower. You would probably end up with the ground at the bottom being in focus, but the ground behind the ornament should be blurred.
Also, by getting a bit lower to the ground would have meant you were including background from a bit farther away, which would have been more diffuse. As with shots of animals and children, who are usually a lot shorter than we are, it is better to get down lower, to their level.
probie 9 22 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 9:08PM
hi pamela, i thought the amount of snow was ok as if there was more it could be a bit to stark and the figure would blend into the background too much and detract from the figure, i think the background probably would benefit being out of focus, my photography is restricted due to myself being disabled so getting down low is not a option unfortunately, i very much appreciate your input and i believe it is certainly helping the way i aproach my photography, thanks again pamela.

probie 9 22 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 9:12PM
thanks paul, i am trying to improve but getting to grips with my cameras full range is going to take me a long time,

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2013 5:29PM
Thanks for the feedback, Pete.
I think that what I was trying to say was that the background was a bit fussy, there being a mixture of snow and leaves, whereas a background of just the snow would be cleaner, but your gardener stands out well from it, and so if you are happy with it, that's the most important thing.
Thankyou for telling me about your disability, it certainly makes a difference with a shot like this, which is low to the ground. I have trouble with kneeling due to osteo arthritis, so completely understand. I have a flip screen on my camera which is ideal for low shots like this. I can hold the camera low, even on the ground, and tilt the screen so that I can look down at it. Very handy!
probie 9 22 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2013 7:53PM
hi again pamela,
i have thought about a camera with a screen that can tilt but they tend to be heavier which is why i went for the d3100 as it is one of the lightest dslr cameras, i can relate to your own disability as i have rheumatiod arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and oseoporosis, i try to have the philosophy of its not going to go away so try to get on with it and cope with it, (easier said than done at times though), i have had rheumatoid since i was 11 so if i am not used to it a bit by now i never will be, heyho,
i am going to try to join a local photography club so i can pick up tips there also,
thanks again pamela.


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