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bloomin heck

By youmightlikethis
recent pic up for crit taken at recent orchid show in Glasgow how can it be improved

Tags: General Close-up and macro 550D 60MM MACRO FLOWERS MAY 2014

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tonyguitar 6 62 37 Canada
3 Jun 2014 4:21AM
Details in V2.... Wow! The clarity and simplicity make for a powerful and graceful image. Super! TG

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Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2014 11:34AM
You should do more of these, it brings out the poet in you.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
3 Jun 2014 2:24PM
V2 is better as the flowers are upside-down in V1 as you know.

Its a nice shot. I suggest you feather the edges a little more when replacing or painting in the background; and repair the blemishes on the damaged petals, - not too hard.

Mod uploaded with this done.

The frame is quite crowded with flowers, and youve addressed this in V2; its best to try to limit the blooms in the original shot if you can. Orchids can look very good as single specimens, as a group of three, from the side, and with the small flower buds included. Exposure and colour look good here.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2014 6:04PM
Thanks for putting the image up again, Ian, it's good to see a flower shot from you.
This was written yesterday, so overlaps what Willie says in some respects:-

The orchids are well defined, Ian, none of the whites are blown, and there is excellent detail throughout.

I feel the image is a little over-sharpened (see the sharp white edges around the flowers) and it probably didn't need so much because it's well focused.

I like your idea of giving the orchids a black background, this sets them off very nicely. Having gone to the trouble of isolating them so well, I feel that your composition could be improved, so I've done a modification to demonstrate slightly more creativity.

I removed some blemishes from a few of the petals, cloned out some remaining bits of green and a few bits along the petal edges.
I then extended the canvas at the bottom, finished off the bottom petal and removed the part flower centre bottom, so that you now only have complete blooms, and they are all well inside your frame.
I rotated the image so that the blooms run along the diagonal of the frame, and added a bit more black all around.
Some people don't like "floating" flowers, so try to include a bit of the stem when you take a shot.

With orchids, I think there will always be unwanted bits in the frame because the blooms are so close together.


PS: After what Willie said about them being upside down, I've done a Mod 2!
thanks for crits and mods
tonyguitar 6 62 37 Canada
3 Jun 2014 6:27PM
Mod 3 looks very good. TG

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