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Sanggay
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« on: February 20, 2013, 03:02:44 AM »
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Shot at a flower nursery. Feedback welcome.

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2013, 03:12:00 AM »
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In all three the flowers are well shown and very clear, but the backgrounds are too distracting for me.

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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2013, 04:08:29 AM »
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In #2 and #3 imo you need to reduce saturation - assuming my monitor is still OK - on the flowers because you are losing tonal values. As Jim has pointed out the background is distracting so reducing saturation on them would be helpful. As to shooting flowers and posting them for critique then there isn't a lot you can say about them. I speak from experience when stating that.
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2013, 06:02:09 AM »
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Reduced the saturation. I don't have experience in shooting flowers. I am hoping to get some valuable inputs for improvement.

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2013, 06:56:55 AM »
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Technically fine. Looks like your next challenge is composition. You could dig around in the LuLa home page for tips:

"Why What Works – Contrast, Gesture and Implication
Architecture of a New Landscape – by Eric Meola
The Synthesis of Chinese Landscape Painting and Photography – by George DeWolfe"

and

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/columns/composition_top_15.shtml
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2013, 06:21:42 PM »
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Of the three, I think #2 works best, FWIW. As said by  others, the background detracts. Less DOF? Capturing with more tangential light? Just thoughts.
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2013, 09:21:54 PM »
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I will toss out a few ideas for you to consider.

1. Don't always shoot downward. Get lower so you can shoot straight on, or even upwards if need be.
2. Don't pinch them in so tight. You really don't want petal points touching the edge of the photograph. Or, come in very tight and crop off part of the petals.
3. Consider your b/g very carefully. It's not enough to throw them into diffusion, you have to consider what lines and colors are back there.
4. Generally, very dark b'g is preferred for this.
5. The flowers are more than the bloom, they are the stems and leaves too. You have to take all that into the composition.

Try some more and post them.
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2013, 09:41:18 PM »
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I will toss out a few ideas for you to consider.

1. Don't always shoot downward. Get lower so you can shoot straight on, or even upwards if need be.
2. Don't pinch them in so tight. You really don't want petal points touching the edge of the photograph. Or, come in very tight and crop off part of the petals.
3. Consider your b/g very carefully. It's not enough to throw them into diffusion, you have to consider what lines and colors are back there.
4. Generally, very dark b'g is preferred for this.
5. The flowers are more than the bloom, they are the stems and leaves too. You have to take all that into the composition.

Try some more and post them.
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2013, 02:29:49 AM »
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Thanks all for your feedback and advice. Appreciate them.
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