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The end of summer

By salopian
A few of the flowers that have survived the Autumn storms. Left the vase in the pic, to show they had been saved from the harsh outside! Also thought the blues and yellows went well tpgether.



( camera is Fuji X10 though exif shows another type. The lens is the short f2 zoom fitted to the X10 - settings f 2.8 @ 1/90 - Aperture priority - ISO 400)

Tags: Flowers Autumn Flowers and plants

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pablophotographer 6 931 333
2 Oct 2012 6:51PM
Hi, I see them like lilac.... and from the thumbnail they looked white. It is pity that these are the only flowers left/ I was going to suggest to exclude the lilac flowers and add more yellow ones.

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arhab 6 43 2 Indonesia
2 Oct 2012 10:10PM
i prefer using different vase, with more simple color and shape. a long clear vase made from glass maybe?.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3878 Canada
2 Oct 2012 10:13PM
A nice shot. The vase is attractive, and the central positioning works.

The shot can be brought to life a little more with the addition of vibrance (an option in Photoshop CS) a little more sharpening, and a slight increase in txposure. The reflection in the ceramic bowl may have caused the camera to underexpose a little.

Ive done this in the mod, and tried an off centre positioning, with the subject on a third just to see the difference.


pablophotographer 6 931 333
2 Oct 2012 11:44PM
O.k. looking at the details now I have noticed the reflection of the window on the vase, so remember that curtains or a window diffuser (may that be a white kitchen towel or a large newspaper leaf for example ) can reduce the brightness that bit that avoids shine). Please allow more exif data to be seen when you upload the picture fr critique tick the right boxes;, I can't believe you had a high aperture value...f5.6 maybe? I like the fact that the vase is bang in the middle it looks boxed (since the shape of your vase is round). If you would like to follow Willie's suggestion (rule of thirds) then I would suggest you to exclude some space from the right and add it to the left, to allow the superficial shadow in the frame. (You would have to copy and paste from the existing shadow area). So my final suggestion for still nature is to take it slow, see the image through the camera and play with it before you take the picture. Enjoy autumn!
Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 12:15AM
I think it needs to be a little brighter, and maybe a reflector on the opposite side to the light would help balance it a bit.
I can't help but notice the pattern on the table is off-square, but not enough to be diagonal. Only a small thing, but everything counts in still life.

I don't see any blue?

iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 11:29AM
In my view as a flower photographer this is a good image. The main point I would make is to agree with arhab. The vase is too fancy and takes the attention away from the flowers. The composition is good although a slightly lower view point, lower camera position, might be an improvement. I would not worry about the rule of thirds but aim for a balanced pleasing composition such as you have achieved here. Follow the suggestion about lighting and exposure above and you will get great results.
Good one, Ian
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 11:29PM
The vase and the flowers are competing with each other.
This lovely little vase would look good with maybe one simple flower in an orange colour,
or even as part of a still life.
I wouldn't even put the yellow and lilac flowers together.
Each would be lovely in simple vase or glass container.
Good simple background though. Potential here for lots of different images.
salopian Plus
6 3 27 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 10:06AM
Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I thought I might try some still life shots during the impending winter ( warmer inside!) but I have a lot to learn. Thanks also for the encouragement which makes me feel I will try some more. A slower, more thoughtful approach,as suggested, would help - I could easily avoided the window reflection by using the venetian blind!


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