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Loves me Loves me nots

By reachakash
These pretty daisies were enjoying the sun as much as I was over a splendid bbq.

Tags: Flowers Macro Close-ups General Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


OliPackwood 8 5 5 United Kingdom
1 May 2010 10:06PM
lovely shot, great DOF. I think it could do with being a bit lighter though.


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SteveH1978 8 3 3 England
1 May 2010 10:12PM
Great presentation, love the effect of the shallow DOF. Nice one!

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3879 Canada
1 May 2010 10:14PM
Welcome to EPZ Akash.

A nice idea, lovely shallow depth of field, but Im afraid it underexposed quite a bit.

Easily rectified, using either curves or levels in Photoshop. in post processing as Ive done in the mod. If using levels, just pull the right triangle in to the left until it touches the graph. Ive also added a little space to the rhs, and cropped on an angle to place the in focus daisy on a third, - then added a simple frame.

Hope this is helpful


HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
1 May 2010 10:44PM
Nice shot
Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
2 May 2010 12:28AM
Hi Akash, welocme to EPZ. it's a great site. you'll learn a lot if you want to and hopefully have fun as well.

This is a nice and interesting first upload. You've ticked the option for constructive critique so Ihope you don't mind if I tell it as I see it.

It's a lovely subject matter and you've obviously suffered for you art and got down and dirty to get this low to the ground, which makes for a powerful composition. I love the way the line of the flowers meanders towards the back of the shot.

Where I'm going to diverge from the others about the shallow depth of field though is that I think it's a bit formulaic and overdone, although technially very well done. I think the main problem is that the flower at the front/bottom is so large in the frame that it hogs the attention, even though it's out of focus and the eye should preferably rest on the one above it in focus. I actually think that a slightly wider aperture and very slightly wider DOF might have made a smoother transition through the frame from flower to flower

Just my thoughts as I see it, hope they're of some use. Either way, love to see some more, stick around and keep them coming Smile

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
2 May 2010 12:53AM
Hello, Akash, and welcome to EPZ. Great title. An attractive image, but my eye is constantly drawn to the large daisy in the front, so I have done a modification where I cropped the bottom and some of the left, so that it is less dominant. I'd like to have seen a less shallow dof, and this is a personal choice, because you have the one daisy centre nicely in focus, but not the petals. I lightened the image and deepened the shadows so that the background became darker. I did a levels adjustment and selectively sharpened just the daisy centre.
3 May 2010 7:22PM
Thanks all for the comments!
User_Removed 11 2.1k 7 England
16 May 2010 11:15AM
I can't really give you much of a crit - it works very well for me and isn't too dark at all on my screen. Very well composed in my opinon. I wouldn't change a thing.

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