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Old Feb 14, 2007, 8:46 PM   #1
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Please be honest. Shoot me, I want to know what I can improve.
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Old Feb 14, 2007, 9:27 PM   #2
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if it were me i would get rid of all that backgound

just leave a bit all round with a little extra to the top

and next time move the flower further from the background to eliminate shadows on the backgound (if they are shadows)
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Old Feb 14, 2007, 11:02 PM   #3
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I'll second cropping out the background - try to fill the frame with the flower.

Itis probablymy hubby's not very good monitor, but it looksa bit softto me. Hope someone else can evaluate that (it's one of the first things I look at in a picture, and I can't tell on this monitor - frustrating).

I like the amount of DOF, with the OOF leaves, probably would have preferred a different background - I'm not crazy about that shade of yellowish-brown, and its lighter than the rose so I find it distracting - maybe others like it better than I do. If this were one of mine, I'd put it in the "almost" category - it's not horrible, the flower is lovely (is it real? - I just picked up on your subtitle), but the background is distracting to me.
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Old Feb 14, 2007, 11:14 PM   #4
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I don't think it looks fake. But I do agree with Gumnut and Mtngal. The background is really blah. Doesn't do much for the composition. What I've learned is that when you do macro/close up photography, the background is almost just as important as the subject. Even though there are no distracting forms in the background, the color and lighting doesn't really add to the pic. I would shoot the rose with a different background and a shallow Dof to get a nice creamy bokeh. Or you could just crop this one and make it a tighter picture. Hope this helped.
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