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First time shooting flowers, C&C please

 
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Apr 19, 2011 20:01 |  #1

Walked around my block and saw some cool flowers, I don't usually shoot flowers but spring is here :)

C&Cs are welcome.

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Apr 19, 2011 23:01 |  #2

Your focus is good, which is important for shooting flowers, but make sure you consider your backgrounds on some of these, some ideas: crop tighter, larger aperatures, less DOF




  
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Apr 20, 2011 16:17 |  #3

The last two are my favourites, with the first one being probably the weaker of the series.


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Apr 20, 2011 19:42 |  #4

Chrisnuge13 wrote in post #12257074 (external link)
Your focus is good, which is important for shooting flowers, but make sure you consider your backgrounds on some of these, some ideas: crop tighter, larger aperatures, less DOF

Yeah, I'm more of a bokeh guy tho, but next time i'll try different apertures :). thanks for the comment.

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The last two are my favourites, with the first one being probably the weaker of the series.

I would think so too, the first shot I was just trying a low angle shot, the subject probably isn't that interesting. Thanks for the comment :D


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Apr 22, 2011 14:52 |  #5

2 and 6 are my favorites :) i like 3 and 5 too, however i think these would be much better if the backgrounds weren't demanding so much attention ;)




  
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Apr 22, 2011 18:46 |  #6

That last one looks great. The flower before that is OK but the bright spot upper left draws the eye.


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Apr 22, 2011 23:24 |  #7

The last two are good. Have you tried shooting flowers in portrait orientation? Shooting portrait makes it easier to control the background of a vertical subject.


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Apr 23, 2011 00:42 |  #8

dino211 wrote in post #12275930 (external link)
The last two are good. Have you tried shooting flowers in portrait orientation? Shooting portrait makes it easier to control the background of a vertical subject.

Gotta try that tomorrow!!




  
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Apr 23, 2011 11:27 |  #9

yjt wrote in post #12262730 (external link)
Yeah, I'm more of a bokeh guy tho, but next time i'll try different apertures :). thanks for the comment.


Bokeh is the quality of the out of focus background. Simply being OOF doesn't mean "Good Bokeh". Making the background blurry doesn't make it go away, the shapes and forms remain. Your eye shouldn't "Want" to go to the background, the background should encourage the eye to go to the subject.


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Apr 23, 2011 11:48 |  #10

DAMphyne wrote in post #12278072 (external link)
Bokeh is the quality of the out of focus background. Simply being OOF doesn't mean "Good Bokeh". Making the background blurry doesn't make it go away, the shapes and forms remain. Your eye shouldn't "Want" to go to the background, the background should encourage the eye to go to the subject.

Very true! And wide apertures don't insure good bokeh, rather just very shallow DOF. But then, bokeh is very subjective.


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