Dried Roses

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  1. chammer

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    Found a bundle of dried roses in the house, and figured i'd try a couple different angles on them since they looked quite interesting to me:

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    Shutter Speed: 1/13th
    Aperture: f/4
    Focal Length: 50mm
    ISO: 100

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    Shutter Speed: 1/8th
    Aperture: f/4
    Focal Length: 50mm
    ISO: 100

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    Shutter Speed: 1/6th
    Aperture: f/5.6
    Focal Length: 36mm
    ISO: 100

    C&C is welcome as always! Thanks!
     
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    Love #2... I like #1, but would crop it just a little differently :)
     
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    i was thinking of cropping it portrait style initially, but liked how the bottom flowed across.

    here's a quick portrait type crop for comparison:

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    Now that I see it cropped that way, am I allowed to change my mind? :) The bottom left corner of the first one bugs me a little, but overall it's better then the 2nd version I think.
     
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    On your crop, the bud opens to the left, which is kind of like a person looking to the left, so it looks awkward to be so close to that edge. I think subject has some potential.

    On #3 I think you couold crop out the stems, and give the top bud just a little more headroom.
     
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    My fvorite is #2. You can almost feel the crunchy texture of the dried petals. Very nice color.
     
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    thanks guys!

    bitter: so you're saying instead of cropping that flower to the left edge, crop it to the right edge with open space in the center/left so its essentially facing inwards instead of outwards?
     
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    Yes, chammer.
    The problem with that image though is you have more interesting stuff in the bottom right that will be lost, cropping at my suggestion. Definately a tricky crop.
     
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    thanks! im glad that made sense enough to you, im really tired at the moment hehe. :)

    i guess if i want that picture, then isolating that flower from the rest of them would be the easiest solution. perhaps with a black backdrop. but yea...i do see it now the more i look at it. its definitely distracting even though it is blurred.
     
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    I played with a couple of your images. Man, these are tricky to try to get a compelling composition.

    On number three, I think that top bud just needs to go. Then the image looks better with the stems in. To me, you know opinions and all, no matter what I try to do that dang bud ends up pretty centered. Not trying to be strict Rule of Thirdy, but I can't get anything to feel right.

    I hate when this happens. You have a cool subject, but some element of the image prevents you from making the image sing. If I may post an example of my own...

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    This shot is just "meh, Ok" to me. I don't like the tree branches/leaves in the upper left. This image is a slight crop, but if I took it further in, then that pipe/post is to close to the edge, if I crop that out then the headlight is too close to the edge. I didn't want to lose the windshield either though, but I see now using this reply box to crop, I have a much more successful image if I crop it landscape orientation between the hood and the bumper.

    I hope you find this useful, and I am not just yammering on. :D
     
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    yea, i see what you mean. i do really like that bundle of dried roses too. i think i can get something from them. i will play with them more tonight and see what i can come up with.

    i like that truck too, but i agree. those leaves kind ruin the windshield. have you thought about cloning them out vs. cropping them out? i do love the color of that truck and its rust. great personality!
     

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