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By strokebloke  
At the very end - it fell apart the next day.
Deliberately, only the raindrops are intended to be sharp.
One of my experimentations Grin
I'm unsure wheter it worked or not ~ but I must confess, that I do like it Wink

Tags: Flowers and plants Digitally manipulated Wildlife and nature

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10 Oct 2012 10:01PM
Lovely image. Well shot. Elaine

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mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
15 Oct 2012 10:49PM
Works well with the limited d.o.f. Jack.
Well coloured too.
A fine shot.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2012 6:40PM
You achieved your goal, Jack, and have the petal edges and droplets nice and sharp, and have chosen a bright and cheerful subject, setting it against a dark background for best effect.
Most of the "droplet on flower" pictures that we see on the site are taken a lot closer, and some of the best ones have the frame filled with the coloured petals with no background showing, and the droplets sharp and clear, perhaps placed according to the rule of thirds, and sometimes reflecting the surroundings.
I think the main thing that niggles me here is the fact that you felt it necessary to include the whole of the flower head, when it wasn't necessary. Go in closer, or crop, draw the viewer's eye directly to your point of interest, include as little of the rest of the flower as possible.
As to whether your shot works, yes it does, but the presentation could do with a few tweaks. Working with what you present here, simply placing the top part of the tulip, the bits with the droplets, on a diagonal across the frame would make it more interesting. You could then fill the bottom left of the frame with your out of focus red tulip petals and have the black background in the top right. Just a rotation and a crop. This is, of course, working on the principle of having the flower facing upwards and to the right, which the human eye seems to find more satisfying.
Shooting sideways on to the tulip, as you have done here, it would be better to get a little lower in order to avoid the back petal showing higher than the in-focus petal with droplets, the one directly below it on the right. You can see how effective the one on the left is because it has only the dark background behind it. Alternatively, pluck the one at the back off, you did say it was on its last legsGrin.
strokebloke 9 493 17 England
16 Oct 2012 6:55PM
My word Pamela. There's a much to think about here. Smile Not least, the fact that I considered none of these suggestions. Grin Grin
I'll certainly try a crop and rotate, such as you suggest and load it as a Version.
You've got my mind buzzing now ~ but that's probably no bad thing. It doesn't often buzz voluntarily WinkSmile
16 Oct 2012 7:44PM
some good advice there food for thought look forward to see some versions love the light the colour and the water

strokebloke 9 493 17 England
16 Oct 2012 10:25PM
V2 is as, I understand. you suggested Pamela. I've attempted to remove the back petal - not with great success I might add.
I'm not sure that adapting this particular original works very well at all.
I suspect that, like the tulip head itself, it's been beaten senseless already Grin
I can see that your suggestions are very worthy of consideration when taking a similar shot in the future.

I suspect that the issue for me is to stop, and think, before immediately diving in to take the shot.
Or, with an open mind, take a variety of shots from different positions; and with different end results in mind.
The crux of the matter is, in my case, to engage the brain before pressing the shutter Wink
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 9:19PM
Wow, Jack, I do admire you for doing all that. I can see how much work you put into V2.
However, as you so intelligently point out, it would be better done at the time of shooting.
Taking a variety of shots is often the best option. I have even finished photographing a flower, had a think about it, and got the camera out again, having thought about it further, mentally kicking my own behind (couldn't do it physicallyTongue).
Glad to have got your mind buzzing.
suigo 6 Japan
21 Oct 2012 2:35PM
Great picture!

Especially the direction of light.


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