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Old Mar 23, 2010, 1:45 AM   #1
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I'm trying this out. Anyway to improve a candle picture?
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Old Mar 23, 2010, 9:33 AM   #2
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I'm looking at it on my lousy monitor at work so there might be something I'm missing that I would see on a better monitor, but my first thought was, what's to improve? I might crop a bit of each side, but otherwise I really like the picture. I think I would try rotating it just a bit so the candle surface looks flat, but that might make the flame look off - you'd have to see which one looks better (or perhaps you did and decided this one looked the best). The things I really like about this one are the appropriate dof you used (small) and the fact there's no CA/fringing around the candle-light. Focus is right-on. I'd be completely happy with this shot.
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I was playing with this photo before mtngal wrote her comments above, I was thinking along the same lines. Perhaps as an idea, the below picture is how I would crop it, you might have a better idea. This is just a different perspective. Anwyay, I certainly like your photo. Ned
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Nice and clear, great capture of the mood. Do agree with the crop - looks even better narrowed a bit.
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I agree on the crop. It makes the photo format better aligned with the vertical nature of the candle flame.

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Nice shot, Hector.
I agree also on Ned's edit.
I was going to mention the little bit of noise I see in the background but, looks like Ned's edit took care of that as well.
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I'm looking at it on my lousy monitor at work so there might be something I'm missing that I would see on a better monitor, but my first thought was, what's to improve? I might crop a bit of each side, but otherwise I really like the picture. I think I would try rotating it just a bit so the candle surface looks flat, but that might make the flame look off - you'd have to see which one looks better (or perhaps you did and decided this one looked the best). The things I really like about this one are the appropriate dof you used (small) and the fact there's no CA/fringing around the candle-light. Focus is right-on. I'd be completely happy with this shot.
I would like to thank you for your input! I did try many different shots and found this one was the best as far as being infocus and dof. I'm going to try another shot tonight.
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I was playing with this photo before mtngal wrote her comments above, I was thinking along the same lines. Perhaps as an idea, the below picture is how I would crop it, you might have a better idea. This is just a different perspective. Anwyay, I certainly like your photo. Ned

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Thank you for the crop!

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Nice shot, Hector.
I agree also on Ned's edit.
I was going to mention the little bit of noise I see in the background but, looks like Ned's edit took care of that as well.
I've been trying to see if there is a good software that would take care of noise. I've read that on the new Adobe Lightroom 3 (Beta) has a pretty good noise remover, but that's from what I've read.

Thank you for your comments.

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Only thing I would have done is made it a bit tighter (than Ned's) and a lot taller overall (if you buy into the "rule of thirds" all the magazines and websites gibber about incessantly) but it's a great shot!


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