Spring Surprise - where's my red tulips?
by BJComment by dsidwell:
Greetings from the Critique Club!
I concur with all of the compliments below!
In this image, three croci grab my attention very quickly as the colors are so bright and lively. The cropping and composition work well for me because it seems as if they were apppropriately random, showing an almost candid shot of flowers--yet the photo is still balanced and the three flowers invite me to move my eye around the frame. In fact, the three flowers form a kind of circle that my eye really enjoys making over and over again. This photo gives me a feeling of happiness and peace--it's a celebration of exploding color and springtime. Very nice work!
To improve the shot, I can see only one thing that you might want to give more attention to: light. As I look at this photo, my eyes finally end up resting on the upper flower--that is where the most interesting light is. It gives definition to the flower, but it is gentle and even and builds a calm mood that speaks so clearly. Note especially how well the yellow of the stamens meat and is embraced so softly by the colors in the petals. The lower left flower has a harsher light. The flower on the right has better light, but its shape isn't as inviting as the top flower, though that's no reason not to include it, for we all enjoy variation. Someone noted below that they felt the darks were too dark and the lights too light. I think that it only has a few spots that are just a tad too bright. A diffusion of your light would probably have solved any lighting problems here.
The green leaves in the background also have interesting light, and really do a nice job of enhancing and grounding the brighter colors.
In sum, a wonderful shot. Focus and DOF work very well here, as does composition and cropping. You've obviously a great eye and have great skill in these areas. Lighting could perhaps be improved, so some experimentation with light may be a fun thing to do. This is a fine shot that you should be very pleased with. I've really enjoyed looking at it in more depth.
I look forward to seeing more of your photos in future challenges. Keep up the great work!