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Nov 07, 2008 11:32 |  #1

Here are a couple flower shots that I'd like some opinions on.


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Nov 07, 2008 11:34 |  #2

#1 is nice. i would like it to be sharper though. increase your iso and bump that shutter speed up and that should take care of it. love the DOF tho. #2 does nothing for me


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Nov 07, 2008 11:35 |  #3

the first one seems just a tad soft... it could be from the compression... I love the colors in both of them though...


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Nov 07, 2008 15:21 |  #4

Love the first one!


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Nov 07, 2008 18:05 |  #5

Thanks for your comments.


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Nov 07, 2008 18:10 |  #6

I like the first one. Punch up the color / contrast a bit, and I could see it hanging on a wall. Although I think its generally overdone, it would be interesting to see this one in selective color.

#2 I think is suffering from flat lighting. Thats a wonderful example of that type of flower (I forget their names) but a little reflector kicking some light into the foreground might help the next time out. Compositionally, it think its interesting -- looks "windblown"


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Nov 07, 2008 18:11 |  #7

That 1st one actually made me say 'wow'. I really really like it. It looks heavily cropped, but that could just be a slowish shutter speed. Instead of raising the ISO, which you dont wanna do on a 10D, drop the aperture to 5.6 and get that shutter speed higher.

The 2nd one is, sorry to say, quite boring. While the 1st one had multiple elements within the flower itself and managed to hold your attention, no. 2 has none of those aspects. The flower is placed pretty much dead centre, and there is nothing to lead your eye through the frame. The DOF is way to short for a picture of this nature. There really needs to be something else. It also looks slightly soft again.
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Nov 07, 2008 18:19 |  #8

Try cropping the second shot to show something which suggests a whole.

#1 I like.


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Nov 07, 2008 18:36 as a reply to  @ S.Horton's post |  #9

#1 is absolutely lovely! I agree it does look a little on the soft side, but I don't really think it's enough to detract from the other elements of the photo. I bet it would look great on canvas!

#2 to me looks like a snapshot, it's somewhat static and the flower is right in the middle of the picture... You might try angling a little bit, cropping a bunch, or heck maybe try a little Lomo action or something different to give it a little zing.

The two photos above demonstrate, at least for me, that (most of the time) it pays to get close for these kinds of subjects.


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Nov 07, 2008 18:41 |  #10

Love 1, i might even crop it just a little tighter




  
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Nov 07, 2008 18:55 |  #11

Both are un-cropped, #1 was underexposed in order to get the "Red" color to show true. Red is hard to get right .
The second seemed to be stretching toward the sun. I just can't seem to get a good crop idea for it. It does look sort of static. Although it does have a "windblown" look.
I don't know what "lomo" is.
BTW the flowers are Dahlias.
Thanks for your comments to all.
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