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Old 30th of July 2012 (Mon)   #1
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Default Flower on Bricks

I took this today and thought it was a pretty cool photograph (is it just my taste?). I can't figure out how it would look best cropped. This is the original and then the crop I came up with (I'm not really satisfied though). Obviously, C&C is welcome and appreciated on all parts of the photo.


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Old 30th of July 2012 (Mon)   #2
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Good DOF, but it looks contrived, like the flower was placed there for the photo?. I know we all do this, but maybe its the flash that makes it look superficial. But the focus is great.
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I'm not a fan of the hard light, and the placement of the light seems awkward. try to light the flower more and not the wall so much, maybe try to modify your light somehow to make it a bit softer. read up on the inverse square law if you're starting to use flash
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Shoot it again tomorrow in daylight
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Old 31st of July 2012 (Tue)   #5
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Default Re: Flower on Bricks

I did set the flower there. I was actually trying to get only the flower with no ambient light, but as I am new to flash, it was giving me a hard time. When I saw the photo on my monitor after shooting, I thought it looked different (in a nice way at least to me), so I touched it up the best I could. I understand that it takes away from the spontaneity by setting up the flower, but do you think it completely ruins the picture?

Btw, I took a few of the flower before picking it, but it was growing out of a bunch of weeds, which would not let me get the shot I wanted either. And the camera and flash were both hand held.
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To me it is more the brickwall that is ruining it. Because the flower and part of the brickwall is in focus and you used flash, the brick that is in focus kind of draws my attention towards it and the flower is not the main subject here anymore but it kind of shares it spot with the brick. Im not sure what to look at when I see this picture, the brick or the flower.
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I agree with TER that the brick wall is ruining it. I'd suggest finding another wall (something I just did btw). The flower could be interesting with different lighting and a different background, but I'd place it upright or nearly so.
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Thanks for the pointers, much appreciated
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