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Old Flower - Day 1
Old Flower - Day 1
slaakso


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Camera: Olympus E-510
Lens: Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital
Location: Moloa`a, HI - Kaua`i
Date: Feb 29, 2008
Aperture: f:8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Mar 1, 2008

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Comments: 16
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Macro of an old yellow flower gone to seed. I did use a the built in flash so the lighting is harsh. I read a lot about people thinking taking something away like a green leaf or the brown one and I happen to like nature the way it is. I tend not to trim the grounds because I found this out in the wild and it is not mine to mess about with. No criticism intended, it is just the way I think about the harmony of nature and the wilds of Kaua`i, or anywhere else for that matter.

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03/06/2008 03:38:22 AM
The background works really well with this. There's just enough in it to provide interest, yet not so much that it takes over.
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03/03/2008 09:03:45 AM
Good composition. You can soften the light by simply taping a piece of typing paper in a circular fashion creating a tube around your built-in flash. That being said I don't think it was drastically too harsh. Good work.
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03/03/2008 06:53:59 AM
I like that you focused sharply on the flower center, thus leaving the puffiness around it nicely soft. I like the nice dark BG. In a perfect world, I do wish the bottom of the image was cleaned up (I read the other comments) but I totally agree with you for not disturbing nature. IMO, there better to be in your picture then taken away from where they should be. A good start!
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03/02/2008 11:29:57 PM
I like how you captured the soft texture of this.
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03/02/2008 07:35:08 PM
Very pretty - love your background. The colors are so soft and delicate.
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03/02/2008 08:59:10 AM
Hey, Sean, we meet again ! This is a lovely shot of I think -dandelion ! You captured the soft fuzzies very well.
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03/02/2008 07:01:45 AM
My first thought was that it looked a bit soft focused, but then I think soft focus is very appropriate here. Those puffy seed balls are soft after all. Nice work. Maybe a tighter crop to not have so much empty space though.
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03/02/2008 12:35:43 AM
I'm always like these fluffy things. Nice combination with the brown "flower". Perhaps you should have taken that one green leaf away.
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03/01/2008 11:32:47 PM
I like the detail in the middle and softness around the edges. Gives the picture a nice touch. Great DOF.
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03/01/2008 08:31:29 PM
So soft, but also bery dramatic against that black background.
A fine macro indeed.....
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03/01/2008 07:25:42 PM
The lighting isn't too harsh. I can feel the softness in the old yellow flower. Great composition.
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03/01/2008 04:54:30 PM
I actually quite like the lighting on the 'fluffy bits'. I think I would have done a bit of 'gardening' around the head of the old flower as the leaves are a little distracting. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with tomorrow! ;o)
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03/01/2008 03:26:06 PM
Great image. Would have a lot more impact with a much tighter crop, even square. The inclusion of the dead plant really gives a nice contrast to the seeds.
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03/01/2008 02:33:36 PM
These things are always good. I think I'd like to see more detail around the edges - so perhaps a bit more DOF would be good. I think it is just the hairs furtherest away that are just out of focus. Of course it might just be my eyes fooling me and it is just the multitude of hairs in spots.
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03/01/2008 01:20:18 PM
These puffball seeds are so fun! I like how you captured the green stem, the puffball, and the dead part of another flower that's already been blown away showing many parts of the life cycle of this flower. The lighting on this one seems a bit harsh like you used a flash? Anyway, thanks for reminding me that I have some old seed pods tucked away somewhere that would be great for this macro challenge!
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03/01/2008 01:19:56 PM
I would have thought it was a dandylion without your description. Nice DOF with very sharp object of the shot. Good representation of flower retirement.
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