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    My first flower shots

    These are the first, and technically only flower shots I've done, so they're pretty old, but C&C is welcome.







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    not too shabby, probably the main thing I'd suggest on #1 and #2 as far as C&C goes would be to place the flower somewhere other than the dead center....or maybe if you wanted to keep it centered, then perhaps a tight crop in on it or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aloicious View Post
    not too shabby, probably the main thing I'd suggest on #1 and #2 as far as C&C goes would be to place the flower somewhere other than the dead center....or maybe if you wanted to keep it centered, then perhaps a tight crop in on it or something.
    Ya I wasn't too keen on the rule of thirds back then haha. The second one is kind of soft, maybe I'll make a tighter crop on the first one
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    yeah, something like that would be good, #2 is a little soft, but its not terrible...its hard to tell on the monitor I'm on but you may be blowing out some of the yellow highlights too, but I really need to look at it on a color corrected screen, this one I'm on is a terrible hospital monitor
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aloicious View Post
    yeah, something like that would be good, #2 is a little soft, but its not terrible...its hard to tell on the monitor I'm on but you may be blowing out some of the yellow highlights too, but I really need to look at it on a color corrected screen, this one I'm on is a terrible hospital monitor
    You were right, neither your eyes nor hopsital monitor were decieving you, the yellows were pretty blown out, but it's still kinda soft even after sharpening it up a little. Tightened the crop on the other one too



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    #1 looks a lot better with the close crop IMO.

    I don't think #2 is actually terribly out of focus or anything, I think you just have a shallow depth of field on it, it looks like the very tips of the petals in the center are in focus. I also like that composition of #2 better as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aloicious View Post
    #1 looks a lot better with the close crop IMO.

    I don't think #2 is actually terribly out of focus or anything, I think you just have a shallow depth of field on it, it looks like the very tips of the petals in the center are in focus. I also like that composition of #2 better as well
    Agreed on both, the center of #2 is in focus, I just get an overall soft feeling I think because there isn't enough contrast with petals shadows. It's kinda hard to tell at some points where one petal ends and another starts.

    I had another shot like #1 but with a bee at the center which gave it a little more of an interesting subject, but I had the ISO cranked way up on accident
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    I like the red one (whatever it is).
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    nice looking shots kevin.

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    My first flower shots

    My biggest problem is the busy background.. Try to shoot wide open reduce depth of field. Also shooting flowers on cloudy days is a real bonus as it cuts down on flare. A little stunt that I have used is a 400mm lense with a set of bellows. Talk about subject sepperation. Always use a tripod. Stop your lense down and check your image for depth of field composition etc. learn to handle wind. Take your time and shoot shoot shoot. I think I'll stop here before I scare folks away😃
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