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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
18 Feb 2011 3:43PM
Beautiful and lovely image,

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
18 Feb 2011 3:44PM
Hi Margaret, you have told us exactly what you were doing with lights, or what type of lights you were using!. Placement of the lights etc - thats really important info for us on the critique team.

Anyway, - I like the arrangement. A couple if things to be careful about, - you can see where the fabric overlaps, and theres a hair visible lower left, so with a dark background small things like this jump out.

Youre shot settings suggest you used a tripod or support, however your aperture is much too wide to capture the depth, front to back of the flowers to render all of them sharp. You need to also use manual focus, and assuming you did have a tripod, then go for f/8 or even down to f/16 using a prime 35mm lens. The point of focus, when I download it for a mod appears to be those lengths of "straw" at the left.

I would suggest you try setting as above, but for the mod I have cropped a little tighter; darkened the background while leaving some areas a little lighter; sharpened where possible, and increased contrast slightly.

Hope this helps.


Wild 8 4 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2011 4:32PM
Thank you for the comments: Willie I love your mod.. I had this arranged in a softbox and had a daylight lamp at the side edge, the box was positioned under the ceiling spots and dimmed half way. This was a first attempt at still life photography and throughout the evening I took quite a few pictures moving the light around and different levels of light on the dimmer. It was really interesting to see how different the same shot looks just by moving the light source. I must confess I had my camera set on auto so my next step will be changing the settings and working more manual. I was using an 18-105 VR lens and yes had it on a tripod using an off camera shutter release. I dont have any prime lenses just 2 at the moment the other one I have is the 70-300 VR.
Thank you for the coments I have written down your recomendations ready for my next session

CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2011 4:35PM
Lovely colour harmonies here Margaret and a beautiful arrangement. Just needs more depth of field to bring out the best in the arrangement. I am not sure what lighting set up you had but it gives you a nice even lighting which is sympathetic with the arrangement.

Best wishes

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
18 Feb 2011 4:43PM
Mags, even with a zoom, use a much smaller aperture; aperture priority set it to f/11, manually focus just inside the nearest object, then off you go. Experiment with smaller apertures. Note also that the shorter focal lengths, as in 35mm being shorter than 105mm, give a greater depth if field using the same aperture as the longer focal length, i.e f/11 at 35mm has better depth that f/11 at 105mm for this situation.


Shellio 7 2 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2011 8:21PM
I think the photo's got a 70's style about it. I could just picture a nice box of chocolates placed on the display Wink
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2011 5:18PM
This is impressive. At first sight an impressive image. i would like more sharp, and you should clone out that hair, bottom left - you obviously know what you are doing, and that hair should not get past you.

Colours - very muted and simple - and works well. Possibly also good with a slight contrast boost.

Wild 8 4 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2011 8:13PM
Paul Thank you for the comment... I take note of the hair must say I didnt notice it (how embarrasing) as it stands out like a sore thumb now. I know now I need more practice as these were my first attempts at display and photographing still life. I just bought one of them pop up light tent's and was just playing with it. I messed with the lights, using the ceiling spot lights in my dining room and a craft lamp with a daylight bulb, and a few candles. It was great fun seeing how different the same shot looks with different lights. Smile


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