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Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:16 Jan 2005 - 7:55 AM
Focal Length:6.2mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/450sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Pictures of Lily
Username:throgmorton throgmorton
Uploaded:30 Jul 2011 - 9:17 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Wildlife / nature
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pamelajean Critique Team 9942 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1764 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2011 - 9:29 PM

A bright and beautiful yellow lily, Roger, with good detail and focus on the stamens and stigma. The light was good for the centre of the lily, but there are some shadows elsewhere. I would prefer to see the light more evenly distributed, either with the use of a reflector, or simply by physically turning the flower towards the natural light when shooting. You have some petals going outside of the frame, and I find that it is better to either have the whole of your chosen specimen inside the frame, or to focus on a particular part of it, otherwise it looks like a mistake. You have other lilies behind your subject, which can be avoided by either pinning back intruding flowers or using a card or piece of material for your background. I see that you have desaturated the background, and this does help to make the flower stand out better, but you have made a few of the petal edges grey by not selecting carefully enough. I have done a modification where I have drastically cropped the lily to concentrate on part of it, as suggested above, placing the stamens and stigma in the bottom right of the frame. I selectively sharpened those parts and cloned in the little areas of grey on the petal edges. My second mod is just a mirror of the first, simply because I prefer the flower centre to be on the left.

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