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By Redheadwytch
Just experimenting!

Exposure time 1/30 sec

Tags: Flowers Rose Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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stulfc 10 1 Germany
27 Aug 2010 10:50PM
Great photo. Just the top left hand corner i would have removed the green leaf or photo shoped it out maybe.
well taken

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gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
28 Aug 2010 1:12AM
I would have liked to see it completely filling the frame but a very nice first upload. - gary
HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
28 Aug 2010 2:25AM
Great shot
Philo 8 99 83 England
28 Aug 2010 9:41AM
Hi Laura, welcome to epz, I'm sure you will enjoy it here and it's a great place to learn. You have made the right choice by posting in the critique gallery as you will receive some great feedback.
This is a good first upload with some nice sparkle offered by the raindrops. The area in the top left is very bright and tends to pull the eye. As said above completely filling the frame with the petals would work much better.
The shot would probably benefit from a touch more sharpness which may be caused by resizing for the web. The best way is to resize it yourself and then resharpen as necessary rather than uploading a full size image and letting epz resize it.
Finally please post your camera settings as this helps with feedback.
Great start and I look forward to your next upload.
CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2010 11:34AM
A warm welcome to EPZ Laura and thanks for the pic.

Good advice from everybody who has commented already. There are lots of positives here - great colour and texture. You have got good depth of field too but in a funny kind of way it has worked against you in that, as Frank says, it is a little more difficult to know what you are photographing. To him it looks like bubble wrap, I was thinking soft fruit of some kind. With less depth of field you get more blurring which softens the forms into a more abstract image. Usually you do need to have some sharpness so you communicate with the viewer what it is you are photographing. It's certainly worth experimenting with the depth of field to see what effects you can create.

Hope this helps, enjoy the site

Best wishes

Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
28 Aug 2010 1:28PM
I agree with all the above, especially the "bubble wrap" points. You say you were experimenting, so I'm guessing you may have sprayed the rose yourself. If so, as in a lot of things in photography, less is often more, and a lighter covering of droplets would have been more effective, showing the different textures of the rose and the drops instead of the slight overkill here.

Just my thoughts, hope they're some use. Hope you stick around and enjoy this lovely place..

Thank you for the comments, I appreciate them!

Yes, I did spray the rose myself and I'll take on board the 'less is more' comment Smile I personally quite liked the contrast of the red and green, but I understand what you mean about the brightness so I'll try to bear that in mind in future.

What would be the best size for the picture to be to upload onto here?

Now this is where I sound really stupid, but I'm not sure I know what the camera settings were/are - I aim, I zoom or not as necessary, I press the button, that's it! Would it be the ISO speed (my laptop gives me that, otherwise I have no idea, sorry)?
Thank you Frank! How much of that detail should I give when I add a photo? And what does F-stop mean? Sorry for all the questions!

It is, although I'm unfortunately not a natural redhead Sad Nature did me out of my rightful colour!
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
28 Aug 2010 10:31PM
Hi and welcome!

There's some good advice there so I won't repeat any of it!
Regarding the EXIF and the right clicking in IE., there's also an EXIF reader available as an add-on in Firefox.
Dowloadable from the usual place.
I've never used the one in IE so I can't comment but the Firefox one tells you everything except which eye you closed when you took the shot!
Good luck,

paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 7:11AM
A good effort, and an attempt to be different. Everything has been said - the main problem is the top left being too bright. Otherwise, a little more crispness.

Ok, thank you! I can find most of that info, apart from ASA rating, unless it's called something else on the properties. I'll add all the info I can find on the next photo I upload.
Philo 8 99 83 England
29 Aug 2010 2:08PM
The ASA rating will be shown as ISO. If you follow this link it will help you with image resizing. I would also recommend becoming a member if you want to get more out of this website. Click on the members tab and you view the additional benefits.

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