Shooting spring flowers

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  1. mdw

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    Hi guys,

    I was reading Practical Photography a while ago and saw some great shots of spring flowers. They discussed lighting and composition.

    I thought to have a go at it with my new lens in my backyard. :D The setting sun gave some warm light here and there. These are the results, what do you think? I tried to get some springtime feeling and interesting shots...

    thanx,

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  2. mdw

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    *bump*
     
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    #1 is my favorite.
    For me the thing that makes that photo is the stark contrast between the blue of the flowers and the black of the background - and the way the lines of the stems lead my eyes to this contrast.
    For me the pine cone on the bottom distracts a bit from these other elements.
     
  4. mdw

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    Hi!

    Thanks for your reply! I didn't even notice the pine cone on the bottom until you mentioned it! :D

    It didn't yield a lot of replies, does this mean they are rather normal and boring then?! :p

    Tips to improve?!
     
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    The second just refuses to show up for me just now, I'll try again later, maybe then it'll load, so I only see the first and the last two, and I do like the first, but feel I would have liked a smaller aperture / more DOF on that one. POV is good, you crouched so far down you were almost on the side of the flowers and got that faraway black background which Tangerini is mentioning as GOOD, too! Which it is.

    But as to composition, I also like the last with the one flower in focus and a kind of "mirror flowers" out of focus, only is there a bit much empty space above them.

    (There is something blue in the background in the other photo of the same flowers (3) which I find distracting and not going too well with the purple).

    The light was perfect and brought out the colours - mostly so that of the green :heart: :lovey: around them - so well!
     
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    1st is favorite. The rest seem a tad OOF

    But great colors!
     
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    My thoughts exactly.

    Dani.
     
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    Hi Jimmy,

    What do you mean by a tad OOF? I tried to focus solely on one specific point. Mainly the flower itself and getting the rest OOF.

    thanks!
     

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