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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:06 pm 
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I made the first shot in my room, i got this rose for valentine's day :)

[EDIT] turned the rose 90 degrees, as it was shot that way and I think it looks better too.
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This one is actually made outside and it's one flower hanging in the midst of a whole bush. The out of focus effect is so extreme you might think it was taken with a gray paper background.

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Hope you like them, any feedback is more than welcome!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:26 pm 
Very good photo of the rose. Can't really fault it apart but for perhaps more interesting lighting; you can clearly see the use of the flash. I'd prefer a more natural light, if not a diffused flash.


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The out of focus effect is so extreme you might think it was taken with a gray paper background.


Yes, so much so that only the tip of the furthest left petal is in focus. Other than the photo being practically completely out of focus, I don't like the composition. The flower is pointing away; for floral photography it's always more pleasing to see the flower facing at the camera at a slight angle, rather like your rose.

Sorry if I sound negative on your second image, but there's so much wrong with it. Keep snapping and practicing. I'm sure you can get it right.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:40 pm 
i love roses, call me what ever you whant, but along with lillies and orchids they are the most beatifull flowers out there...

the lighting could be a bit more natrual, but if you dont have that what can you do

the second images is honestly boring, nothign special what so ever, i might seem quite hars but i agree with photoj, i want to see whats happening inside the flower. I wanna se the true essence of it (did i spell that righ)

thanx alot for sharing the photos!


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Hey photoj and alex168 and thatnk for the feedback, this is exactly why I'm posting my pictures here :)

I hear what you're saying about both pics, i too like the rose a lot better than the .. i don't even know what it is really.... The second photo was the result of playing with manual focus, but i guess that's harder that it seems still ;)
As for diffused flash, how would i do that? would simply keeping a white sheet of paper in front of the flash work or is it more complicated than that?
I guess i really should have changed the position of the rose too, to get a nicer overall composition... Ill try to get some more macro/flower shots soon and I'll keep what you guys said in mind.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:55 pm 
what you are lacking in the second pix is "depth of field", simply, getting your subject in focus....... I guess you shot wide open, try doing a shot at f11, you may have to use a tripod as your exposure will be slow....... your manual focus is fine


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:13 am 
The first picture is nice and warm.
The background might be a little bit less "disturbing", but other than that i like it.

I'm not sure what you had in mind for the second one. But one thing i like about it is that you actually caught a spiece spiderweb down at the left side :)


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I was thinking about getting a tripod, actually... It's just so hard to choose one! When I have one I'll start messing around with aperture priority mode. I'm still stuck in program mode for most shots (hey, at least it's not auto ;))

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