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Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna)

By TheRiverRat

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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saeidNL 11 3 Netherlands
1 Apr 2011 11:35AM
Beautiful composition and wonderful colours,
TheRiverRat 10 5 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2011 11:56AM
Thanks Frank,

I thought about what you said before cropping this image and played with a few ideas but thought this worked best ( in my oppinion)
I like the square crop you did best. Glad the colour is getting good feedback on this.

All the best.

vickyf 15 8 8 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2011 7:08PM
A potentially lovely image, but I feel it falls between 2 stools - it's not really sharp but,then again, is not blurred enough to be a really abstract image. I find the diagonal lines behind distracting but this could work well in mono. The flower is lovely and well spotted but a sharp focus on eg. the stamens might be more effective? Smile
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2011 9:35PM
I wouldnt want to see this in mono as mentioned above it would totally spoil the image which is nice and sunny
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2225 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 5:22PM
Hello, Phil. If you compare this to your dandelion shot, you will see how well the dandelion stands out from the background, where there are no distractions. The strong light lines behind your celandine here are very distracting. I know you are keen to learn, and thought you might like to consider a bit of "gardening" when you next shoot outdoors. Carry a few clothes pegs in your camera bag, for pinning back anything that intrudes into your frame and which might be a distraction. Alternatively, look around for a better viewpoint with a cleaner background. If you feel like taking the trouble, place some card or material behind your chosen subject. Focus on the flower centre and, if the stamens are sharp, little else matters. It depends what you are aiming for. Focus and then recompose your frame so that the flower is offset a little, as this is always more pleasing, and if the flower tilts to one side, leave more space on the side into which it is tilting. I always underexpose for yellow flowers, but you seem to have achieved a good result here with the colour.
TheRiverRat 10 5 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 11:23PM
Tanks Pamela, This makes alot of sense. The Danelion is my favorite flower picture by far to date, I guess its practice practice practiceGrin

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