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Flower Power

By vikki9876
I took this photo while at Bentham hall a national trust house.

This photo was taken ISO- 100 speed-1/125 and f 4.5
All i have done is cropped and brightened this photo.

This is the first time i have had one of my pictures critiqued so i hope i have given you all the information you need but if you need anything else please free to message me.

please feel free to view and comment on my profile pictures
thank you for viewing

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

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ColouredImages 16 47 35 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 8:36PM
A nice colourful image, however, here goes.....
F5.6 may have resulted in the entire centre being in focus rather than just part of it. A tripod (if not used) may have eliminated any blur/camera shake. I always use a tripod where possible and then also use either remote control or mirror lock up. The petals of the other flower at bottom right are a little distracting.....maybe had you supported it the offending flower behind the stem of another it would have isolated the main subject perfectly. As for the subject, for me there would be two alternatives....
1) a close crop with the centre just off-centre
2) move back from the subject so that the entire flower (including the petal edges which you have cut off)

Hope this all helps you in the future?

13 Aug 2012 9:05PM
I am also a newbie and not a techy photographer.

I like the has an arty feel to it, not a perfect conventional shot. The flower has clashing colours and the petals are random in the way they have grown all of which lends itself to the quirky nature of this shot.

Does this help?

Jestertheclown 12 8.4k 253 England
13 Aug 2012 9:24PM
It all helps Julie!

I rather agree with Mike re. the crop. It needs to be a bit more or less severe and being central doesn't bother me, although that's another story.
The central part of the flower could be a touch sharper and I'd reduce the saturation somewhat, particularly the green.
The other flower in the bottom right is a bit distracting and could perhaps have been pulled gently to one side. Alternatively, it would be a simple matter to remove it using software.
Overall, I rather like it.
Hope this helps.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2203 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 11:23PM
I think Paintman has done you a very nice modification, Vikki.
14 Aug 2012 5:58PM
Thank you for all your comments they are all very much appreciated and all your advice will help me for my next picture.

banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4219 Canada
14 Aug 2012 7:56PM
Agree with Pamela, the mod by Paintman addresses the major points, and looks great.

On the tech side, you didnt mention if you used a tripod, or other type of support? The reason Mike mentioned it, and I do is that your shutter speed is way too slow for your focal length. The fact you have a decent shot, good focus and sharpness, just might be luck if you didnt support the camera. So its important to understand the shutter speed rule for hand holding your camera to avoid camera shake.

The minimum speed is 1/(focal length at 35mm equivalent), which in your case is 1/(210 * 1.6), a speed of 1/356, or in pratical terms, 1/400th.

Bren makes a good point about saturation, - its easy to go overboard, but over-saturation introduces its own issues, mainly look of detail.

I have uploaded two mods, one is as is, with the colour corrected so you can see the difference; the second mod is a central crop, using a wide border, and some detail lifted in the darker centre.


15 Aug 2012 10:01AM
Sorry. no i didn't use a tripod.
I have just started to use a SLR camera, i have only used a bridge camera where i was unable to change my shutter speeds so I'm just getting used to them and your information will really help thanks you Willie.

thank you to everyone


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