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    Default Alone & Pure

    Attracted by the pure white colour of this flower( not sure is it a lotus flower or lily white?) standing in the muddy pond in our Botanical Garden.
    Captured using my 85 f1.8 len with 450D. With PP by CS3

    I seek to hear on my composite and whether do you feel the pureness of the flower?

    Thanks for your precious time.

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    Default Re: Alone & Pure

    not sure if its just me but i find the picture a little noisy.
    i would have preferred the composition if the white flower was further to the bottom left corner though.

    and yes, the pureness of the flower can be felt because of the contrast.
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    Default Re: Alone & Pure

    the backgrd definitely has too many distracting elements.

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    If you move left a bit, the flower will have the dark pond background with the floating weeds, crop the background more to get rid of the distraction and the flower would be nicely accentuated.

    I like the whiteness of the flower very much.

    Just my humble opinion.

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    squat lower, get a set of extension tubes and get closer to the flower.

    sorry, but it looks very much like a snap shot.

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    Yes, too many distracting components behind.
    Composition didn't work either.
    There is apparent noise in the image.

    May I ask, what post processing did you do to this image?

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    hmmm. did you try taking only the flower alone with the reflection in the water? in portrait of cos.

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    Default Re: Alone & Pure

    the lotus is nice, clean & very white. good subject.

    but like what the others mentioned, there are problems with framing, angle, distractions & noise. & it seems a tad oversharpened to me...

    doesnt work for me. keep shooting thou...

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    i shall not comment anything on the composition here or even is the pic is sharp. I'm commenting on the shadow that the flower casts onto the leaf. I realised that you have a 580 EXII in your line up, make gd use of it. To me, the shadow here distracts me more than anything else. I dunno is it because of the petals of the flowers that lead me to it, or its just standing out like a sore thumb.
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    Thanks for the comments on the overcrowded background....

    The shot was done at about noon.... Thus, I have a problem taking out the shadow. Maybe, I should shoot it in the morning. Thanks for pointing out.

    As the ISO was only 100, I was also puzzled by the noise that most of you pointed out. Initially, I thought it was the overcloudy pond water that caused the way it looked.

    Anyway, I will keep shooting until I get it right. So, pardon me if you see the same subject next month again. Ok?
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    Look closely at your posted picture and the dark parts are quite noisy. Might be oversharpening or compression.
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    Default Re: Alone & Pure

    i find the picture has the right amout of noise in it,which i like,and agree with the rest,need to crop of the distracting elements,colours are nice too but i find the flower a little too plain,but tt's just me of course
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    ok guys, with reference to this photo; i pose a situation;
    Let' say, you spot something interesting, but the surrounding elements appear to be clutered and distracting;
    1- would you still take the picture?
    2- get a good angle such that there's no distracting elements?
    3- forget all about it?
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    you don't necessarily need extension tubes here - think of angles, how do you make the flower stand out? have you tried your best to overcome the problems in composition here with the limited equipment you have by moving up, trying a low angle, etc? or did you just stay in your comfort zone, and do the most common thing, which is to just snap from eye level, or maybe move a little , etc?

    i would try this against the sky, if there is one.

    chegu - option 2 is always the best. when i c annot get a good angle, then i forget it, or i just take a snap anyway, and see if i can work with it at home. i usually end up taking the snap, and deleting it later when moving between places. it's a very bad habit of mine.

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