I need some help figuring out what is "off" about these images.

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  1. MJI

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    I'm new here and this is my first post.

    I need help finding things that I seem to be overlooking. In some ways I feel these are some of my stronger images, but then in other ways I feel there is something weak about them, but I can't figure it out.

    Background info:
    I use a Sony Cybershot DSC-H7.
    It has some kind of malfunction going on that I don't know what, but I'll need to post that on a different topic. For now, shaking the camera seems to keep it from vibrating and ruining the focus.

    Experience: I've taken photos with point and shoot cameras for roughly 5 or 6 years. My first useable digital camera was a cheap AIP-tek DV 3100, then a Kodak Easyshare DX 6440. (to get macros I used a magnifying lens.) The Sony camera is the one I use now.
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    You Centered your subject everytime. Work on composition. Try using the RoT's
     
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    Thanks. I was sort of wondering about the 3rd's rule at least with the bug shots.

    By the way, I'm sorry about the too many pictures. I made them all links now so they don't take so much loading time.
     
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    2-4 pictures is about right.

    More than that it's hard to give comments on.

    Having links is just as troublesome as to many pictures.
     
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    Sorry about that. I knocked it down to 4 links.
     
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    post 4 pictures...
    It's easier to work with that way. you don't have to link them.
     
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    Okay. I made them into images. I'm interested to know about the plant ones.
     
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    If you would like an excellent read on composition, try "The Photographer's Eye" by Michael Freeman.
     
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    You should post them side by side rather than up and down too.

    I love the first one. I wonder if a vertical crop would be effective for that one.
    It would place the the bee in the top 1/3, and you would have flowers and buds in the upper corners relateing back to the bottom.

    On the Ginko leaves, I am rather attracted to the one catching the light and water drops. Could have been the focus, but maybe should be cropped out of this one.

    I think the butterfly could work well as a square crop (gasp), bcause the wings provide a nice angle.

    With the lillies, I personally am more interested in the texture of the wall behind them.
     
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    That's interesting, because I did end up with one of the versions cropping the butterfly into a near square:
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    It's a slightly different photo and different exposure. I liked the slightly over-exposed version over it because it made the maroon pop out. Here the flowers have more color, but the maroon is lost on the butterfly.

    II'll try cropping the others and see how that looks.
     
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    I'm not sure, but I think a little fill lighting might have helped this one a bit.
     

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