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By Taff
My rather feeble attempt at emulating a technique from Stewart McCarthy
whose work I can only aspire to!

Whilst nowhere near as good, I actually quite liked it until Mrs Taff came home from work and said "It's really nice" in one of those ways that only a woman could say. As in, "Actually I think it's rubbish, but I'll massage your male ego"

So here I am, deflated, hoping that someone out there will give me a vote, if for no other reason than sympathy.

I'm off to cry into my glass of Shiraz..................


Tags: Specialist and abstract Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Digital art

Voters: sluggyboy, boov, JulieAsh and 11 more

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sluggyboy 8 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 6:54PM
You get a vote from me,simply as your a fellow wine drinker,,,,serious though nice shot,, Do as i do enjoy the wine and dont listen to the wife,,its worked for 24yrs,,

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Coast 12 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 7:37PM
Composition, colour contrast through choice of background and lighting are all considered and give this the potential to be a really strong image.

What lets it down for me is that it doesn't appear to be bitingly sharp at the thistle head where it needs to be. The softer out of focus leaves are fine but the blue central focal point needs to punch you in the nose with sharpness. It's so close to being a brilliant and creative image of a thistle and would look great as part of a series of similar images, printed and framed together.

Don't give up though. When you've cleared the wine hangover give it another go. It has bags of appeal and just for me needs that sharp central area to make it a winner.

Gets my vote for the potential of greatness Smile
iancatch 13 4 45 England
27 Mar 2013 11:07AM
Really like this image. Love the bit of zoom blur on the leaves which makes it really pop and the image is suited to this effect. Also like the two tone background which again focuses the attention on the middle part of the flower. Because of this I agree with the last comment - because your attention is focussed here it needs to be pin sharp. Macro flower shots ususally have the centre or something like the stamens as the focus point and here you have a bit of a soft focus.

That apart its a really nice shot with lots of impact and it deserves another go either through selective sharpening in PS or probably the better option by re-taking the image.


Taff 15 59 Scotland
27 Mar 2013 4:46PM
Hi Ian/Coast

Critique is absolutely bang on - much appreciated Smile

Just took delivery of a new Vanguard tripod today. I can already see the difference it makes - night and day basically!

Please see post which tells the story - here.


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