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Old Jul 25, 2010, 11:34 AM   #11
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I really like it as is but, if you wanted it sharper (would depend on what mood you were trying to portray) you could always do a focus stack series and have it all in sharp focus. it'd be easy with a set up like this.

BTW, That's one pretty rose!
Hi GW!!! Yes, a "Focus stack". Just haven't a clue how to do, being a former film guy all these years. But I will search the internet and see how to do this technique.

I did want to set the mood to be a little soft... just playing around with a single light bulb. But there are a couple things that this photo is lacking. Composition could be better... contrast or "something" could have been better. I used SmartCurves, but wow, something went really wrong.

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No need to change anything for me I like it as you took it. The flower stands out nicely against the black background.

Great Shot!

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Old Jul 25, 2010, 4:17 PM   #13
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Thanks, Lou!
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Hi Ned,

I'm pretty much with Paul on this, and like the softness, as that's how I think of flower petals from a tactile perspective. It's sharp enough to get the texture of the petals towards the front, but maybe stacking would be the only way to get the same level of detail to the center-most petals, since you were already at f11. It would probably be worthwhile to go even smaller on the aperture, though you'd loose some max resolution, you'd gain DOF, but the tradeoff might be worthwhile -- it sometimes is. . .

I don't know how much PP you like to do, but I find the very highest contrast edges (mostly at the sides of the rose, but there are a few others scattered throughout the shot) a bit distracting, and I would have used a softening brush at very low (maybe 3-6%) opacity to tone them down a bit to match the overall look of the shot.

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Old Jul 25, 2010, 5:26 PM   #15
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Thanks, Scott, for your good feedback. If I may, where do I find a "softening brush". I can't find it in elements. I will have to keep looking.

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I agree with most of the feedback, I also like it the way it is

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Great shot,

flowers that have only one color are difficult enough to keep the color and not overexposing it.
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Great shot,

flowers that have only one color are difficult enough to keep the color and not overexposing it.

Many thanks! Had fun shootinging... experimenting with a simple light-bulb and using settings on the K-7.

I just wish I could have made the composition better, and a few other things I thought AFTER taking the photo.

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The shadows work really well Ned...you have captured the texture of the petals very well.
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