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Old Jul 12, 2012, 1:28 PM   #11
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I like these very much, especially #2 and #3.

For me number one would be great if the subject was in the upper right hand corner and all the leaves were in frame. As it is shot the leaves being cut off and the extra black space on the right hand side makes it look like you missed the composition.... Just trying to provide constructive feedback, please take it with a grain of salt and no offense, the color, detail and filter application though is really nice though.
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Old Jul 12, 2012, 3:25 PM   #12
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I like these very much, especially #2 and #3.

For me number one would be great if the subject was in the upper right hand corner and all the leaves were in frame. As it is shot the leaves being cut off and the extra black space on the right hand side makes it look like you missed the composition.... Just trying to provide constructive feedback, please take it with a grain of salt and no offense, the color, detail and filter application though is really nice though.
Hi,

Well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad. In baseball that would make me a .666 hitter pretty good.

Seriously, you don't ever need to be concerned about providing any sort of critique-pro or con. As mentioned earlier, I was looking for feedback and you provided that-which I appreciate. I'm always interested in what others 'see' when they take a look at my images. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in what I'm doing that I don't step back and just look at the photograph, take it all in
and ask myself if anyone else besides me would put this on the wall.

My posting these photos on this forum then getting feedback helps me keep my feet on the ground.

As for your suggestions, I'm going to pull out the photo and reevaluate.

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Old Jul 14, 2012, 8:32 PM   #13
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My first reaction was, how could the addition of a camera effect possibly improve on nature? Normally, I don't like gimmicks much. After seeing the original and the post processing, I realized the flower petals were kind of uninteresting in the sense that they had little natural texture and mild pastel colors. The addition of the painting effect made the petals much more complex and thus interesting. Well done.

Overall, I am very impressed with the images. I wish my images could be as vibrant as these. The depth of field is just right. The subject is nicely isolated from the black background. Actually, I'm wondering how you did that. You mentioned long exposures, so I assume you didn't use flash, which is the usual way to get black backgrounds. Did you dress the scene with black cloth? Did you use any artificial light? I know almost nothing about lighting and I'm just hoping there is a trick or two that you can share.
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My first reaction was, how could the addition of a camera effect possibly improve on nature? Normally, I don't like gimmicks much. After seeing the original and the post processing, I realized the flower petals were kind of uninteresting in the sense that they had little natural texture and mild pastel colors. The addition of the painting effect made the petals much more complex and thus interesting. Well done.

Overall, I am very impressed with the images. I wish my images could be as vibrant as these. The depth of field is just right. The subject is nicely isolated from the black background. Actually, I'm wondering how you did that. You mentioned long exposures, so I assume you didn't use flash, which is the usual way to get black backgrounds. Did you dress the scene with black cloth? Did you use any artificial light? I know almost nothing about lighting and I'm just hoping there is a trick or two that you can share.

Thanks for taking the time to look and to comment. Much appreciated.
As for your question, the flower shots are taken in natural light, outdoors. I do not use flash, preferring shade conditions or overcast days. The black background is achieved with the use of a simple 1/4" thick black foam core board which I place behind the subject.

During post processing in Adobe's Camera Raw, I use the black slider to further darken the black background-as necessary.

As for depth of field, the 35mm macro provides good depth of field at f8 to f10, enough on most flowers to keep everything in focus/sharp.

I have started playing with Helicon Focus, a software package that blends multiple images of the subject into one photo. The trick is to take a series of images with each one focused on a different part of the bloom. You then allow the software to examine all of the images, which takes all the sharp areas of each image and then blends them into one extremely sharp photograph. The results can be spectacular, especially in landscape photography.

Hope this helps.
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