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Early Bloom
Early Bloom

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Challenge: Square Crop (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Kodak Z7590
Location: Cunningham
Date: Mar 3, 2006
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Floral
Date Uploaded: Mar 3, 2006


Place: 299 out of 369
Avg (all users): 4.9458
Avg (commenters): 5.8750
Avg (participants): 4.8080
Avg (non-participants): 5.1667
Views since voting: 689
Views during voting: 260
Votes: 203
Comments: 10
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03/17/2006 01:55:49 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Hello, amster! You're seeing is wonderful, and your ideas are great. In just a little while when you get the technical stuff down, the rest of DPC better watch out. You're gonna be coming through!

This one was within an "ace" of being on target. You filled the frame nicely (with one tiny caveat - you lost the tip of one flower petal at the top of the frame; a photographic mistake. Ooops.)

Your commentors mentioned your focusing problems.

I'll suggest a solution - well two of them. First, it's fairly easy to bracket your shots. You shot at 3.2, maybe 4.5 or 5.6 would have been better to give you stronger control of depth of field in the blossoms while still leaving the background blurred. Worth a try. The second suggestion is to be sure to use a tripod - or at least balance your camera on something steady. Once you get used to a tripod (or equivalent) you'll get controlled depth of field images far more often.

One final idea. If the flowers weren't yours - so you couldn't pick 'em, try laying a black bit of cloth behind them as a background; the yellow against black would be stunning. Since this was Advanced Editing, you could insure a black background (starting with the black fabric) through the judicious use of "curves" in Photoshop, if that's the program you use.

Okay, I've run off at the mouth long enough. Hope I've given you some ideas.

Good luck in future challenges.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/12/2006 08:54:19 AM
little bit noisy, maybe a pass on neat image to clean a little,
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03/09/2006 10:12:19 AM
The composition is nice, and the colors are pretty. There is something too soft about the details though.
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03/09/2006 07:47:29 AM
JMO, there is alot of space, I think I personally would have liked it better zoomed in tighter on the flowers. Again, JMO
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03/08/2006 10:27:02 PM
this is actually a very nice composition, as I see on the thumbnails. I think this photo would improve greatly if the focus has been sharper, and the contrast is bumped a little higher?
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03/07/2006 08:32:55 PM
Beautiful colors!
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03/07/2006 01:56:33 PM
probably an overcast day, NEEDS CONTRAST, i find myself saying that over and over
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03/06/2006 07:40:57 PM
These are very pretty! Great job!
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03/06/2006 11:38:13 AM
Very Nice!
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03/06/2006 06:10:24 AM
a little on the blurry side actually, though it's a nice composition
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