Critique of a simple shot - some flowers I got for Valentine's Day

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  1. graecyn

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    Pretty flowers :)

    Hmmm... honestly, the photos seem uninspired. Normally, the eye is pulled to the brightest part of a photo; in the first, I'm automatically drawn to (and distracted by) the shadows on the right hand side.

    What made you decide to sit these flowers on the ground outside? It feels more funeral-y than Valentine's.

    Experiment with some different angles. Straight on is how flowers are seen every day. Even straight down from the top would be more interesting.

    Congrats on your camera :)
     
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    start by taking them off of the ground and put them in your warmly lit kitchen near the window.

    As Jess mentioned, they look like funeral flowers
     
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    YAY! My name got remembered. Thank you, sir Joey :)
     
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    I remember you and your flickr. I remember you as the girl that was smoking a cig at Bears Den with b/f, funny how we associate people with an image of them or one they took.
     
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    Hahaha. Too funny. And definitely not my boyfriend! That was my cousin.

    Boyfriend was in the infamous gun pic, though.

    What part of WV are you in? Ever been to Bear's Den?
     
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    In addition to what has been said already, I would suggest trying to change your position to the sun. Try with the sun behind you, perhaps backlight the flowers with the sun then fill flash the flower with a strobe or even the pop-up flash.
     
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    To be honest I'd put them in a warmly lit kitchen near a window - if I had a warmly lit kitchen with a window. I live in a pretty small apartment and my kitchen has no windows (my entire apartment, in fact, only has 3 windows in it lol). So that's not really an option.
     
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    lol ok touche, but I am sure you know what I mean. Find a nice warmly lit spot with a nice background. Make it interesting, not just a sit it there and shoot a pic thing. Be creative.... I know you can come up with something.
     
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    I think anywhere besides the grass would work. With them on the ground, vegetation against vegetation just doesn't offer enough contrast to make the red of the flowers really POP.
     
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    It could be the kitchen window, table, snow, wooden fence, car hood, glass vase, etc....
     
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    Those flowers are beautiful, such a lucky girl!
    Now I got that out of the way.
    Were you just trying to document the flowers?
    Were you trying to convey any type of emotion?
    What was your intent for the shot?
     

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