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Old Dec 1, 2005, 11:22 PM   #1
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i have a hard time with flowers...

angle, symmetry...the whole lot.

hope this one works.


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Old Dec 2, 2005, 2:11 AM   #2
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Hi Crawford,

If you don't mind I tried to crop this flower. I too have a hard time but have learnt a few tips. I feel you should have moved in real close to cut out all the dark outlaying areas. also the lighting does not seem to be very good. Perhaps you should have tried taking it from another angle. With flowers, so I have been told on this forum, to take my time composing, etc because the flower is not going to run away. Julies has done some nice stuff on flowers. You might want to enquire from her how she goes about it.

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Old Dec 2, 2005, 2:29 PM   #3
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this was actually the feel i was going for in this shot.

the velvety look and the dark color added a lot more than the flower originally had

to offer.



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I think you did really well with this photo, the way the center of the rose is off to the side, and the detail is really nice, you seem to have gotten a great depth-of field, nice bright colors, although with the close-up of the rose it's hard to minimize the shadows because of all the folds of the petals, perhaps try adding another light source?
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Old Dec 2, 2005, 3:39 PM   #5
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unfortunately, the light source was the setting sun and i had no other.

thanks for the suggestion, though.

i have to remember those kinds of things while in the field!


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Old Dec 2, 2005, 7:23 PM   #6
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a nice piece of white cardboard or somethin similar can be used as a cheap reflector to fill in the shadows.. might be worth trying..

i prefer the cropped version here as the first one is a bit of an awkward cropping..

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Old Dec 2, 2005, 9:09 PM   #7
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sorry about the bad crop guys. i posted the wrong shot.

anyway, heres the one i intended with a little bit of curve adjustment.

too over-exposed?


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Old Dec 3, 2005, 3:45 AM   #8
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yea.. you overdid it a bit.. you can see some artifacting and loss of contrast..

but the crop is much much better on this one compared to your first image.. anyways, keep at it, you are definately on the right track here as the angle shows off the form rather nicely.. just need a little more fill light and a bracket exposure to get your exposure dead on.. a spritz of water might not hurt either..

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how's this;

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Old Dec 5, 2005, 7:01 PM   #10
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how's this?:



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