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Old Oct 10, 2008, 7:55 PM   #1
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Here are some more flowers from my front garden. (My wife's actually )
These were taken with the Nikkor AF 50mm f1.8 lens and my D40. Total aperture in Aperture Priority mode. Thanks or your comments!
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Old Oct 10, 2008, 9:35 PM   #2
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I like the photo from a color point of view. Technically its out of focus and could have been sharper. Also Im distracted by the 'dirt' on the white petals. For what I attached I cleaned it up and turned it into the colored mosaic. I hope you like it.
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Old Oct 10, 2008, 9:45 PM   #3
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Thanks, Bynx. I'm confronting this "out of focus" problem; I guess it is my eyes...since I can't appreciate this lack of focus. And it looks like it happens with every lens I use, so I'm sure it is in my eyes.

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For one nearly blind as a bat I rely heavily on auto focus, occasionally using manual focus for macro shots. Your focus problems are fixed with unsharp mask in Photoshop.
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Old Oct 10, 2008, 9:56 PM   #5
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actually I did not post-focused it. I will try. though/ Thanks!
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I think you are improving and this one has nice out of focus background. Blemishes on flowers can be cleaned up like on people. I'd prefer a slightly tighter crop and the shadow doesn't work well. Shoot your flowers after sunrise or sunset for the best lighting. I prefer up to an hour after sunrise because the flowers have a "fresher" look.

Here is a quick edit.

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Old Oct 11, 2008, 8:56 AM   #7
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Great advice, Rodney. This crop looks much better. Next shots will be taken at the hours you suggested, to avoid shades.
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artmustel wrote:
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Great advice, Rodney. This crop looks much better. Next shots will be taken at the hours you suggested, to avoid shades.
Thanks!
After a little experimenting you'll be the expert at this. Shooting flowers isn't something I'm very skilled at, but I did learn a few nice techniques along the way.

Do you see how some light on the out of focus background elements create a nice presentation for your subject? If there is an ugly leaf or other object that can be picked off, then don't hesitate to pick it off...Providing you own the flowers.

Keep up the good work!

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Old Oct 11, 2008, 10:21 PM   #9
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Ok. How does this work for ya?
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Old Oct 12, 2008, 11:43 AM   #10
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That is even better, Bynx! Thanks for your mod, I really like it.
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