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#1 geedee

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 05:25 AM

Early blooming lowers are looking good at this time, thinking Tulips and Bluebells though the Daffodils  have all but disappeared, I find it difficult to frame up a pic that might in any way do nature justice..... This was my best effort this morning. No PP other than crop off the top and reduced size for posting.... Would it have improved by better cropping or what... I exposed for the tulip which looks bright around the edges, though this flower has it`s own in-built highlights...(-:

 

f9  1/125th  ISO 100  Nikkor 14-24 @ 20mm  pattern metering, should perhaps have remembered to go for single point.

 

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 06:03 AM

Nice photo Geedee.

I like the  way you centred the main blossom among the other smaller flowers



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Posted 04 May 2017 - 08:34 AM

A nice photo, indeed.

I think the bottom 2/3 is the area of interest with the main subject and the surrounding flowers. Would you be agreeable to cropping the top 1/3 to eliminate some of the, what to me, is uninteresting matter just to see the effect?

 

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 12:57 PM

Rod, Bob, many thanks for taking the time to respond, pleased that you think it was a nice image... spent a while trying to capture something reasonable amongst all those lovely flowers (duh) this pic was the best of many that I took.  Bob currently away from my PC though will try a crop as per your suggestions when I next have access to the file..thanks.



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Posted 04 May 2017 - 02:15 PM

Very nice geedee, nice details in the tulip. I get your thought regarding the set up you used, I like the 70-200 for a shot like this.  



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Posted 04 May 2017 - 04:11 PM

I like the image



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Posted 04 May 2017 - 04:14 PM

Beautiful Shot Gedee. You have a good mix of colors; the flower as the main point with greens and smaller flowers in the back. Also, nice isolation of the subject. I think it's framed nicely. It's a good shot Gedee.


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Posted 04 May 2017 - 10:13 PM

Very nice!  The one good thing about shooting flowers is you have all day to experiment.  Use different angles, flash, no flash, front and backlit.  Also try different lenses.  Put that 150-600 or 70-200 on, stand way back and zoom in for great bokeh and isolation.  If shooting maco bring some water in a spay bottle and wet the flower before shooting.  Some will call that cheating but I won't tell if you don't.


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Posted 05 May 2017 - 12:30 AM

Really appreciate the feedback guys...

 

Doug, will try out my other lenses as you suggest I really need to put more time and effort in to becoming comfortable with my gear and it's capabilities in the hope I can extend my own capabilities...(-:

 

Thanks John. 

 

Jonny after the Winter is is just wonderful to see those colours in the garden again and after many weeks of grey skies the bright light drew me outside in the hope of capturing something with my "new" lens...(-:

 

Grim, I need all day to capture anything, I do not do quick too well, will dig out my extension tubes and have a go, though by the time I get back home I suspect there will be no need for a spray bottle given on this little island the rain is never far away....

 

My thinking with the tulip pic was to try out Steve's mantra of isolate and simplify to some degree while having an interesting background yet one that would not distract...



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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:35 AM

Don't be afraid to blur that background Gedee with a low f stop.  We are going to bring out the "artsy" side of you! You've got it lined up with colors behind the main subject, so that seems nice.  The tulip edges ( the frayed parts) are nice too; they have good texture and color. 


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Posted 05 May 2017 - 11:20 AM

I just got to thinking that I don't recall ever seeing a tulip in that condition, with the petals open show much and the frayed edges. What part of its life cycle is this? Maybe I just haven't been observant enough.

 

But, I think I am going to look for a spot in my yard to plant tulip bulbs this fall for blooms next spring. Thanks for the inspiration.



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Posted 07 May 2017 - 01:44 AM

Jonny, think you are correct in that to really isolate and simplify it would  have been better to blur the background rather than giving a hint of the tulips surroundings.

 

Bob the tulips petals are standard shape and colour for that variety of the plant, though don't ask me to name it...! I am no gardener though am really pleased to see the early flowering blooms after winter, amazing colour from a few bulbs planted at the back end of last year.. As for the life cycle of that Tulip it was at or near it's best.



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Posted 07 May 2017 - 07:42 AM

Based on no information what so ever, I think it might be a special strain of tulip, engineered for the petal effect ?



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Posted 08 May 2017 - 08:21 AM

It's a variety of tulip; there were a lot at the tulip garden here.  I didn't achieve what I wanted with them, but it is a variety.


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