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Jun 15, 2010 01:38 |  #1

First is a flower I took while hiking, I sharpened it a lot, does it look too overdone?

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Second is a my cat in a rock garden.

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Jun 15, 2010 05:37 |  #2

The flower is nice but some of the petals are OOF. Greater DOF maybe. Background is nicely OOF and a suitable backdrop.
Nice pose of the cat, and exposure is good but definitely OOF, mainly due to motion blur. Yo want to make sure the eyes are esp dead sharp


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Jun 15, 2010 05:39 as a reply to  @ pelooyen's post |  #3

also finding the background of the cat hugely distracting..


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Jun 15, 2010 10:48 |  #4

Nice Iris. Make note to self: dappled sunlight is not the photographer's friend. This shot could have been improved if you shaded the flower. Depth of field is not bad in my opinion. You got sharp focus where it counts.

The cat is ruined by what looks like movement blur. This is quite apparent in the long eyelash over the cat's left eye. You might have some parts of the face out of focus too. Faster shutter speed/higher ISO would help here to freeze motion and broaden the depth of field. I don't have a problem with the background; it's a nature shot and you got it nicely blurred.


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Jun 15, 2010 14:42 |  #5

I see the same thing, the cat is a bit blurry and doesnt carry any artistic value, the flower is a bit underexposed for me.




  
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Jun 15, 2010 14:44 |  #6

I agree -- never shoot flowers (or anything) in dappled light. Flowers look best under over-cast skies (or something similar, like a diffusor -- as long as you don't see bright sunlight in the background.) The "dapple" screwed up the metering, so the majority of the flower is under-exposed.


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Jun 15, 2010 20:24 |  #7

I like the flower but as has been previously commented on, the lighting has led to wild differences in exposure. Also they're so large as to get wholly in focus. As it is I think you did well in difficult conditions. The cat is wonderfully exposed, however, one eye seems just slightly oof which lets down an otherwise perfect capture.


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