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CathR 14 151 564 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2011 10:21AM
It's a nice composition Phil with the three flowers forming a triangle plus the two going off to the sides. Good exposure too.

It isn't really sharp though. Looking at your exif data I think the issue is your aperture which is right at the max open. First using a lens at the end of its range is not the best idea if you can help it as quality tends to drop off. More importantly with close up photography your depth of field is very small anyway, so you need help from a smaller aperture. You might have been able to get away with it if the flower had been perfectly parallel to the camera but here the flowers are not in a flat plane. I am not sure if you are using a tripod. Even handheld you have some latitude to get use a slower shutter speed and so give yourself more room for manoeuvre with the aperture. Also with close up work you have to be very clear where your are focussing. I am not sure but the some of the leaves look a little crisper than the flowers.

it's a lovely time for spring flower photography, so lots of opportunities for practice.

Best wishes

pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2011 12:17PM
agree totally with Catherine above
TheRiverRat 10 5 1 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2011 12:17PM
Thanks Catherine,

I'm all very new to photography and this advice is really helpful this is my first post on the critique gallery but not my last.

All the best Phil
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2011 9:35PM
I rather like what you have presented here. The depth of field is minimal but effective - although the sharpness even at the point of focus could be lifted a bit. I would darken the image a little to make the prime bloom more prominent, and it is unfortunate that one of the sharp leaves, left side, is badly damaged. Try and find pristine specimens for NH unless actually showing the damage.


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