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    feedbackplease: flowers on flowers

    much appreciate feedback on composition as well as technical details. My goal to show the beauty of these flowers, how lively they are, contrast of colours, shapes, sizes.
    D7500, ISO500, 300mm, -0.3ev, f/11, 1/80, on tripod, cropped for front flower to be in the middle, was slightly off

    f/11 to get most of the front flower sharp and still recognize the beauty of the flower behind.

    what could I have done better? more interestingly?


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      Re: feedbackplease: flowers on flowers

      Quote Originally Posted by arnim View Post
      much appreciate feedback on composition as well as technical details. My goal to show the beauty of these flowers, how lively they are, contrast of colours, shapes, sizes.
      Just my personal opinion but I think you could have strengthened the shot by isolating the foreground flowers. I feel the busy background strongly competes with the foreground, weakening the shot.

      I know you want both, but I don't think you can have both elements so prominent AND the strongest possible shot.
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      Re: feedbackplease: flowers on flowers

      I'll go the other way from Paul's comments and say I like the contrasting elements. It's an interesting composition, and I suspect you will get varying opinions since it's a little different from the mainstream.

      The picture seems just a tad dark to me, at least on my monitor.

      Great job!
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      Re: feedbackplease: flowers on flowers

      Nice picture, arnim. To me the colors are what make this image, or rather, the colors are the subject. Well seen and done.

      Just a suggestion, what do you think about cropping the bottom just a bit, so that the unopened bud and the green leaf are gone. To me they are an unnecessary distraction.

      Other than that, excellent work, imho, and deserves to be printed HUGE.
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      Re: feedbackplease: flowers on flowers

      Bring your white point down to about 215 or 220. Put a slight S into the curve and it'll really POP!

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      Re: feedbackplease: flowers on flowers

      thank you, what a privileged to get each of your time to provide some words of wisdom! what a treat to learn this way.

      Paul, I see your point of DoF and tried with Affinity Photo to blur the background. It is a different picture and I see it's value too.

      Woody, yes cropping also is something I should have considered due to the distraction you mention

      Sparky, I am still struggling a bit to get the right level of enhancements going. My goal so far is to take as good as a picture I can and leave editing tools aside to an extend, but I have learned that raw is simply not enough, it needs at least some level of "development"

      much appreciated

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      Re: feedbackplease: flowers on flowers

      In my opinion, it is under exposed and has too much depth of field. With F4 or close it wouls have blurred the backround but left the beautiful contrasting color. I also agree that cropping the bottom would also be an improvement.
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      Re: feedbackplease: flowers on flowers

      Quote Originally Posted by arnim View Post
      .............Sparky, I am still struggling a bit to get the right level of enhancements going. My goal so far is to take as good as a picture I can and leave editing tools aside to an extend, but I have learned that raw is simply not enough, it needs at least some level of "development"...........

      While a 'getting it right in the camera' goal is admirable, sometimes it's just plain impossible. If you have a scene with 5 stops of dynamic range, and your camera sensor is capable of capturing 9 stops, your image is going to look flat no matter what. I see no shame in acknowledging some short-comings in one's gear and using post to correct for it.
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