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A Cornflower Head

By strokebloke  
When I took this I had no idea what it was. I have since been informed Grin
I took the shot because i liked the effect in the viewfinder and I like the shot for no other reason than that it makes me stop to look at it each time I view it.
I hope you like it

Tags: General Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature

Voters: Hermanus, Rock, gwynn56 and 3 more

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
14 Oct 2012 7:22AM
Indeed an attention grabber this is ! Elegant and colourful - well captured and presented Smile

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strokebloke 8 493 17 England
14 Oct 2012 7:32AM
Thank you Herman. And like your shots, straight out of the camera. Wink
pamelajean Plus
11 997 1931 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 9:34PM
The subject is lovely, Jack, no wonder you like it.
However, there is very little of the flower in focus. A smaller aperture would have sorted that. As long as the centre is sharp, the rest isn't as important. Your aperture was fine to diffuse the background, though.
This flower has bits and pieces pointing in all directions, and so there will be parts that are on different focal planes, causing sharpness in some areas and not in others. You will see that your camera has focused on the ends of the stamens, but not on the part of the flower behind them.
There is always a temptation to get in really close, but I have found that stepping back can help, and you can then get the whole of the flower in the frame, and crop afterwards if necessary.
strokebloke 8 493 17 England
15 Oct 2012 7:33PM
Thank you Pamela. This sort of wisdom is precisely why I made my request to you. Very much appreciated. Smile

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