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Heart of the Orchid

By WeeGeordieLass    
I'd be very grateful for some advice please.

Do you think this image is spoilt by parts of the background showing - especially on the left-hand side? I don't mind it too much myself, but I'd love to know what the general consencus is.

My objective was to make a dramatic, different and moody image.

I like to reply to any comments as soon as possible, but I'll be unable to post my replies for a few, apologies for my lateness in advance!

All comments much appreciated.


Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2012 3:14PM
This is a nice shot. I would prefer less on the right to move the centre of interest to the right, but the background doesn't both me. However, recomposing might then cause background issues. lighting is nice. Possibly a 300mm not the best lens as, even at f13, the depth of field is very tight.


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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
23 Mar 2012 5:04PM
Do not show the background, or have it black. For drama, the centre of the flower needs to fill the frame, - and any other colour, such as a background should be black; the flower centre needs to be centered, and cropped to straighten it, a square crop works well, and the thick black border doesnt work for me, try a narrow black with a wider white or off white, as in the mod.

I think the mod looks dramatic. How about you?


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2012 6:28PM
Very nice, Elaine, and I like Willie's mod. You are asking about the background.
I know this is a personal thing, but I consider that anything which detracts from your subject should be removed, if that is at all possible.
You already have shadow areas around your subject, top and right, and one idea would be to create shadow on the other two sides, rather like a vignette. Before doing that, if it were mine, I would blacken the green bits of background. Alternatively, and more simply, just blacken the green areas, to match the bottom right.
I probably shouldn't give away my secrets, but if I have some background showing between outer petals, I have sometimes cloned parts of other petals into the gaps, which just looks like the flower had more petalsWink. The idea is to fill the frame with flower petals, and maintain my image size, instead of cropping.
Did you put some card behind this orchid, Elaine? It's something a lot of flower photographers do. You can get some art card or some non-reflective material would do. Black card and material are good choices.
28 Mar 2012 8:22AM
Hi Paul,

Thanks for your advice.

I wanted to show close up detail of the centre of the flower, so I attached my 70-300 mm lens as it has a macro button which allows me to focus closer.


28 Mar 2012 8:27AM
Hi Willie,

Thanks for the mod.............I like this look very much.

I like the border very much too.

Your changes have make a load of difference - increased the dramatic look - thanks very much.


28 Mar 2012 8:36AM
Namaste Pamela,

I agree with you about the background, it was niggling me slightly.

Thanks so much for sharing one of your secrets............don't worry I won't tell anyone.........your secret is safe with me - lol!

Seriously though Pamela, this tip is much appreciated and is one I'm sure I'll use regularly in future - I hadn't thought of it.

I had placed some white paper behind the flower, but hadn't thought of black card - I think that would have made a difference and improved the final image - thanks again for another very valuable tip.

Bit more work to do on this shot - but I think the final image will be worth it.

Om Shanti


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