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Old Jun 7, 2006, 3:56 PM   #1
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Hello all!

I'm continuing to enjoy my "photography" toys... including my latest addition, the 100-300mm Canon zoom lens.

I saw these simple dandelion flowers, and decided to make a quick photo of them for a closeup / blurred background effect. settings f7.1, 210mm zoom, ISO 100 on my Canon 350D / XT.

What do you think? (and what about the "tall" crop)?

I was just looking for a sweet, innocent flower combination, something one could use on say a bookmark, not too bright ordistracting, but something "everyday" and yet (hopefully!) simple and beautiful enough.

Your comments and feedback will be appreciated.

Thanks...

Paul
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Old Jun 8, 2006, 6:22 PM   #2
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It's a good picture with a nice level of detail in the foreground, but I think you may have overdone it a bit making the background so blurry. Blurring the background some helps create a sense of depth, but here it's completely without detail and flat.

However, I think you're right that it can work as a nice bookmark image, though you may need to do something a bit different with your crop. I think something like this might do the trick.


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Old Jun 9, 2006, 3:04 AM   #3
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Thanks Corpsy for your message and reply.

You are right the background is very much blurred, that is the wayI intended it, but maybe it does isolate the flowers too much.

Your crop and rotate is a very interesting choice and well done with it, it is an idea I didn't have for these dandelions. It'sa helpful perspective.

Cheers again

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it is a nice pic but I think that if the background was a different color the flowers might stand out more.



Good Idea about the bookmark though.
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Old Jun 11, 2006, 2:52 PM   #5
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I liked the dreamy background, Paul. The green tone reminds me the background of some mural paintings of antiquity which are so rare. The tall crop works well. You can even try a taller one. So, go hunt for some dandelion flowers which would serve the purpose best,IMO. It would look beautiful, like some dried flowers with their stems between the pages of,let's say, an art history book :-)
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Original does not work for me and the edit isn't much better. You should have removed the dead flowers.

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RodneyBlair wrote:
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You should have removed the dead flowers.

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yea i agree with rodney here

I think clone out the deads in the backing. i also think orig is much better in this case

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Old Jun 15, 2006, 3:03 PM   #8
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Thanks all for your comments, etc....

It seems some people prefer the blurred / smooth background, others don't. I guess horses for courses, right.

And it is much appreciated (especially as this IS the critiques and techniques forum!) to receive advice / thoughts, such as cloning out the dead flowers (but they are actually just YOUNG dandelions if I understand well) or changing the background, etc, etc.

Thanks again to all of you for your honest thoughts /comments !!

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