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Old Aug 20, 2005, 4:14 PM   #1
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I don't know their name, but I thought they're beautiful. I need your comments as I still learn how to shoot flower, thanks.

this shot was taken with flash, I wish I could sharpen them a bit.


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Old Aug 20, 2005, 4:18 PM   #2
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I did not use flash on this one.

comments/critique appreciated, thanks.


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Old Aug 20, 2005, 5:24 PM   #3
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Dian, Lovely flowers and the exposure is very good on these shots. The firstis a tad soft though and I think the backgrounds distracton both photos. I have always thought that to get the most impact from flower photos you need to really get in their face! (nice and close! :roll: LOL - the less background the better). A macro lens can be a help here but I find a lot of the time I can get close enough just using the macro mode.

Also, I'm not sure what settings you used but a small aperture / shallow DOF can do wonders for those busy backgrounds. Examples to illustrate both are below - just my two pence worth




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Old Aug 20, 2005, 6:06 PM   #4
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Hi,
dian switch off or try to bounce the flash.
Stoney has a nice diffusor, I wrote about some other solutions here:
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...amp;forum_id=7
Our direct flash flattens/kills any object.
If you still want to flash, bounce the direct flash and use a cheap slave flash on top.

Nothing to add to suzeĀ“s good comment!
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Old Aug 21, 2005, 11:45 AM   #5
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Suze and sven, thanks for the fine advices and solution, sorry for my late response.

Hi suze, yes the DOF should be much shallow, but how if we want to shoota group of flowers, and the backgrounds aren't so far away andalready busy? How to make flowers lookedmore expressive if we can't achieve the ideal DOF level. What about composition, any ideas suze? Btw, your flower pics are excellent, love both of them, thanks suze.

Hi sven(seemolf), I'll learn to use the bounce flash, I tought the same about using our direct flash, the photos using it alone will look too flat and glossy. Thank for the solutions sven.
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dian, the shot of the yellow flowers is absolutely lovely. It's nicely composed and I don't find the softness a problem, to me it compliments the delicate look of the flowers.
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Old Aug 21, 2005, 1:18 PM   #7
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Hiroshi, thanks, glad you like the yellow one. (yeah, I like this yellow too, because the delicate look and colourof them)

Now I have a dilema as I'm going to tryto print this yellow to 8X10, should I sharpen them a bit or letthem the way they are?

I'm afraid that after sharpeningI'lldestroytheir delicate feel. :roll:
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