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05/29/2006 02:14:35 PM · #1
Hi,

I am new to photography and this website. I just uploaded my first picture and was wondering if anyone would be willing to give me some comments.

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Thanks!
05/29/2006 02:19:42 PM · #2
I think it looks really nice, I love flower shots, though I'm a new photographer too so i don't know how much my comment will count
05/29/2006 02:21:44 PM · #3
left a comment.

edited to add nice to see new members that like flowers. might balance out some of the flower meanies:)

Message edited by author 2006-05-29 14:22:44.
05/29/2006 02:22:35 PM · #4
very nice shot. The only thing I might have done different is move that stick out of the way before taking the pic. It kinda distracts the viewer from what's most important. Other than that, nice work!
05/29/2006 02:55:10 PM · #5
Left a comment.

//www.photoinf.com/ helped me a ton.
05/29/2006 03:03:14 PM · #6
Left you a comment. As I tell all the new folks, welcome to the site and above all else, have fun.
05/29/2006 03:19:27 PM · #7
Welcome Gardener,

A couple quick questions. What photo editing software are you using (will help us point you in the right direction) and are you up for us grabbing your shot, working it up a bit, and posting back here for educational purposes? It is sometimes easier to show corrections with an example.

Also: Left comment
05/29/2006 03:31:08 PM · #8
Originally posted by gardener:

Hi,

I am new to photography and this website. I just uploaded my first picture and was wondering if anyone would be willing to give me some comments.

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Technically speaking this is a nice picture. You have good color and tonality that comes from shooting flowers out of direct sunlight. Focus is on the shallow side but chosing to have the white petals in focus over the yellow stamine is the right choice.

Like a lot of new photographers you centereed the flower. I often adds viewer interest to an image if the main subject is off-center. Though I am not sure this would have resulted in a better overall image you could have moved the camera to the left and a little lower. That would have reduced the distracting effect of the branch on the left. The only way to tell for sure is to try it.

Another suggestion. Every photographer that takes lots of pictures of flowers has a small spray bottle of water they take with them. They use it to spray a fine mist of water droplets on the flower and retake after they have taken it without the drops. You will be surprised how much interest it adds to an image.

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05/29/2006 03:51:00 PM · #9
Welcome to dpc Gardener. Post some more pics into your port......and have fun with the challenges :)

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05/29/2006 08:51:40 PM · #10
Originally posted by awpollard:

Welcome Gardener,

A couple quick questions. What photo editing software are you using (will help us point you in the right direction) and are you up for us grabbing your shot, working it up a bit, and posting back here for educational purposes? It is sometimes easier to show corrections with an example.

Also: Left comment


Thanks for the assistance! I am currently using Picasa as my editing software. By all means please take my picture and edit away :-)
05/29/2006 09:52:04 PM · #11
As many have pointed out a tighter crop would eliminate almost all of the branch.

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Tighter thirds rule(ish) crop (flower center is closer to upper right third of shot) to remove most of the branch. Adjust levels (low end) darker to make the background less distinct, bring the flower forward and remove (hide) the remaining bit of branch (a piece is still there in the corner after the crop).

Andy

ED: Oh yeah, not allowed in basic challenge rules, I cloned out the yellowish branch just below the flower.

Message edited by author 2006-05-29 21:54:30.
05/30/2006 10:26:26 AM · #12
Originally posted by awpollard:

As many have pointed out a tighter crop would eliminate almost all of the branch.

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Tighter thirds rule(ish) crop (flower center is closer to upper right third of shot) to remove most of the branch. Adjust levels (low end) darker to make the background less distinct, bring the flower forward and remove (hide) the remaining bit of branch (a piece is still there in the corner after the crop).

Andy

ED: Oh yeah, not allowed in basic challenge rules, I cloned out the yellowish branch just below the flower.


That is really great, I like it alot! Thank you for the advice!
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