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Old Jun 15, 2010, 12:40 PM   #1
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Hi all, I just bought my very first digicam - a Panasonic LZ8 - a few weeks back. I haven't really taken photography seriously until now. So I'm still learning the nuances. Though I'm a bit apprehensive about posting, I figure this is probably the best way of improving. So here goes. All & any C&C is welcome. Thanks!
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Old Jun 15, 2010, 1:50 PM   #2
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very interesting shot. the concept is good, but i think the bud closest to the lens, and out of focus, draws too much attention and takes up too much of the space. possibly a slightly different angle could help with that.

Also, the first picture is better than the second in my opinion. too much contrast and glow for my tastes. others may like it though.
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Old Jun 18, 2010, 12:31 PM   #3
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Thanks for replying ewheeler. Much appreciated.

Would you, however, keep that foreground element [the out of focus bud] intact, albeit a bit smaller, or eliminate it altogether? Also, are there any rules of thumb one should keep in mind while photographing with such blurred foreground elements, such as what size they should be, or the position etc.?

Also, how would you have post processed it? Or would you have left the original as is?

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Generally a blurred object in the foreground distracts from the focus of the frame. Of course any "rules" in photography are more like guidelines and can be, or sometimes meant to be, broken. Doesn't really work in this case though.
The first edit seems flat while the second seems overdone, somewhere in between is 'generally' where you want to be. Something along the lines of this.
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 1:31 PM   #5
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Thanks for your reply.

Yes, though blurred foreground objects are distracting, they do add depth. Though I've seen examples on the net where the author/poster uses it to illustrate good composition, to me however, they have always looked distracting. So what I'm basically saying is that I struggle to gauge how much is enough [to add depth but not distract]. Guess it'll only come after taking loads of pics with such elements.

With the PP, I think your version is just right for a realistic feel. I was aiming for a more artificial look. [Must confess that maybe I did go overboard].

Thanks yet again for your help, you guys. Ciao.
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