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Aug 10, 2014 15:47 |  #1

Getting in a little more practice on Macro and thought I would invite any comments on these images. Thank You. BTW--I used a Canon 60D along with a 100mm Macro along with some edit using LR5.


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Aug 10, 2014 18:21 |  #2

I'd suggest moving closer and picking one subject to focus on. This shot is kind of busy with many different things to draw the eye. You might even frame only the center of one flower to eliminate wilted petals on the periphery.


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Aug 10, 2014 18:34 |  #3

Are we supposed to discern some difference between the two shots? It would be a nice group shot of the flowers. But what is that other thing?


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Aug 10, 2014 19:58 |  #4

I think shots of really common things (flowers) are only ever interesting when they are from a perspective we don't normally see. This doesn't really look like a 1:1 macro shot, so it doesn't have that appeal, and the straight down view is the view we normally see of flowers. Try a different angle, or getting really close.


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Aug 11, 2014 08:04 |  #5

MattPharmD wrote in post #17088159 (external link)
I think shots of really common things (flowers) are only ever interesting when they are from a perspective we don't normally see.

Do a search on marigolds. You'll get millions of hits from every conceivable point of view. By your reckoning, nobody should take pictures any more.


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Aug 12, 2014 14:19 |  #6

joedlh wrote in post #17088886 (external link)
Do a search on marigolds. You'll get millions of hits from every conceivable point of view. By your reckoning, nobody should take pictures any more.

I should trow away my kit now ;). Being original is difficult when every dog and a man seems to have a camera. I still try to be creative though!

Certainly the advice to change perspective is a good one, as it opens your mind to all sorts of shots. Moving closer also seems to be a good advice here. Or: Your macro... needs more macro!


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Aug 12, 2014 17:58 |  #7

MattPharmD wrote in post #17088159 (external link)
I think shots of really common things (flowers) are only ever interesting when they are from a perspective we don't normally see. This doesn't really look like a 1:1 macro shot, so it doesn't have that appeal, and the straight down view is the view we normally see of flowers. Try a different angle, or getting really close.

Good advice. I heard this when I first started shooting, makes a world of difference looking for a different way to show something, even when you decide to shoot it straight on.


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