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Old Jul 24, 2010, 4:46 PM   #1
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Taken with a single light bulb above. Wish I could have had the opportunity to shoot into the rose rather than from the side, but this is all I could do. Any suggestions for improvement are appreciate.

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Old Jul 24, 2010, 5:01 PM   #2
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I'm not very good at critiquing flower shots as I rarely take them (though I enjoy viewing them). It's certainly a beautiful, perfect, flower however the shot seems a little soft to me (maybe because it's my eyes are completely shot at 05.00 in the morning and I'm stuck in a hotel room unable to sleep due to a heavy cold) !

As you said it may have been better with a light source positioned to avoid those shadows on the front but sometimes you just have to work with what you've got not what you'd like !

Why a 3 second exposure Ned ?
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I really like how the soft shadows draw my eye into the top/center of the flower, and the simple background that offers no distractions. Also wonderful capture of the delicate yellow tones.
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I'm not very good at critiquing flower shots as I rarely take them (though I enjoy viewing them). It's certainly a beautiful, perfect, flower however the shot seems a little soft to me (maybe because it's my eyes are completely shot at 05.00 in the morning and I'm stuck in a hotel room unable to sleep due to a heavy cold) !

As you said it may have been better with a light source positioned to avoid those shadows on the front but sometimes you just have to work with what you've got not what you'd like !

Why a 3 second exposure Ned ?

Hiya! Thanks for your feedback... and hope you feel better.

3 seconds?? well, I am experimenting with different features, etc., and I wanted to get detail while obtain a dark background... just doing all sort of experimenting.

Thanks.
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I really like how the soft shadows draw my eye into the top/center of the flower, and the simple background that offers no distractions. Also wonderful capture of the delicate yellow tones.

Many kind thanks, indeed, Mole!

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I like it. It is a bit softer than my flower pictures, but it seems to fit the subject nicely. Getting a dark background can be a challenge. I do better with brighter light on the flower (letting me use a faster shutter speed so it's sharper), but then you'd have more shadow (unless the light is bouncing off of something). Another way is to use a very dark cloth behind the flower. I've also been somewhat successful with using an off-camera flash and a bounce card - I'm no expert with a flash and don't really work with one to become one. I'm sure there are others that can come up with other ways.
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Thanks! My photos tend to be "hard" or "harsh" when it comes to light... so, with just a simple light bulb I thought I would experiment around with new settings I have been learning concerning the K-7, and do something different.

Really enjoying this camera more and more. Absolutely phenomenal!
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I really like the level of softness in this photo. The combination of the softness, dark background, and color tones make this a very effective photo.

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Hi Paul! Really appreciate your kind words. Many kind thanks, indeed.

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Hey Ned,
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!
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