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    1. In what area is critique to be sought?
    - I would like general comments on this photo. The composition, exposure, colours and such.

    2. What one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
    - Hoping to learn photography of flora and fauna.

    3. Under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
    - After-rain sunshine conditions.

    4. What the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture.
    - Personally, I think it's fine for a beginner. Which is why I would appreciate professional advice

    THANKS!
    Last edited by knoxknocks; 16th December 2010 at 04:09 PM.

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    No comments?

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    This is from a newbie's perspective. I think the flower on the right is a little over exposed. Also, since you have two flowers, you could have cropped the left part of the photo to centralise your subjects. The brown bit below the first flower is a little distracting, though not immediately noticeable. If possible, you should also aim for a cleaner background without all the distracting leaves. Overall, it is a pretty good shot! Keep shooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megain View Post
    This is from a newbie's perspective. I think the flower on the right is a little over exposed. Also, since you have two flowers, you could have cropped the left part of the photo to centralise your subjects. The brown bit below the first flower is a little distracting, though not immediately noticeable. If possible, you should also aim for a cleaner background without all the distracting leaves. Overall, it is a pretty good shot! Keep shooting.
    Thank you very much for your input! The advice has been noted and I will take improved photos in time to come

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    this is not my current genre I'm focusing on now and definitely not a professional but I will try my best to give some comments and suggestions that hopefully will help.

    one of the problem I see here is getting the depth of field right. The right flower and the couple of leaves behind it look mostly in focus. The left flower look a tad out of focus. you probably have to manual focus to get both the flowers in focus. This might consider as macro photography. You probably want to research more on techniques in macro photography.

    one of the way to improve is to look at other photos and form some judgement why this work and that doesn't and how to achieve it. This is what I find after spending about 15minutes searching in flickr for some better examples.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pieceoflace/3722731579/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pieceoflace/408574210/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/araswami/2940420043/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/paul-in-japan/4413614994/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/werksmedia/2306139457/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/alvinclsmy/3539239388/

    and below are a few links for your further reading.
    http://www.photoradar.com/techniques...owers?page=0,1
    http://www.photoradar.com/techniques...er-photographs
    http://www.digital-photography-schoo...t-flower-macro
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    I prefer to choose one flower and try focus with max aperture on the center of the one .

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolthought View Post
    this is not my current genre I'm focusing on now and definitely not a professional but I will try my best to give some comments and suggestions that hopefully will help.

    one of the problem I see here is getting the depth of field right. The right flower and the couple of leaves behind it look mostly in focus. The left flower look a tad out of focus. you probably have to manual focus to get both the flowers in focus. This might consider as macro photography. You probably want to research more on techniques in macro photography.

    one of the way to improve is to look at other photos and form some judgement why this work and that doesn't and how to achieve it. This is what I find after spending about 15minutes searching in flickr for some better examples.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pieceoflace/3722731579/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pieceoflace/408574210/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/araswami/2940420043/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/paul-in-japan/4413614994/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/werksmedia/2306139457/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/alvinclsmy/3539239388/

    and below are a few links for your further reading.
    http://www.photoradar.com/techniques...owers?page=0,1
    http://www.photoradar.com/techniques...er-photographs
    http://www.digital-photography-schoo...t-flower-macro
    Thank you very much for your advice and time taken to search for those photos. They were really good. I shall improve and post again!

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    Flowers is also not my genre but i'll give my two cents worth. composition and exposure looks fine to me but there's a lack of the flowers standing out from the background here. what you can try on your next outing is go during early morning from 7 to 9am. flowers and generally nature related stuff looks best at that time. trying using a big aperture to get a better bokeh but not sure what lens you are using it might be difficult for the minimum distance to focus and bokeh to work in your favour. If thats the case you might want to consider getting the affordable 50mm F1.8D if your using nikon or get a dedicted macro lens. Also look out for distraction in your photos like that object underneath the left flower.
    Last edited by lifepursuer; 21st December 2010 at 02:27 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifepursuer View Post
    Flowers is also not my genre but i'll give my two cents worth. composition and exposure looks fine to me but there's a lack of the flowers standing out from the background here. what you can try on your next outing is go during early morning from 7 to 9am. flowers and generally nature related stuff looks best at that time. trying using a big aperture to get a better bokeh but not sure what lens you are using it might be difficult for the minimum distance to focus and bokeh to work in your favour. If thats the case you might want to consider getting the affordable 50mm F1.8D if your using nikon or get a dedicted macro lens. Also look out for distraction in your photos like that object underneath the left flower.
    I'm getting that lens pretty soon! That's really good advice. Thanks mate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolthought View Post
    this is not my current genre I'm focusing on now and definitely not a professional but I will try my best to give some comments and suggestions that hopefully will help.

    one of the problem I see here is getting the depth of field right. The right flower and the couple of leaves behind it look mostly in focus. The left flower look a tad out of focus. you probably have to manual focus to get both the flowers in focus. This might consider as macro photography. You probably want to research more on techniques in macro photography.

    one of the way to improve is to look at other photos and form some judgement why this work and that doesn't and how to achieve it. This is what I find after spending about 15minutes searching in flickr for some better examples.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pieceoflace/3722731579/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pieceoflace/408574210/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/araswami/2940420043/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/paul-in-japan/4413614994/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/werksmedia/2306139457/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/alvinclsmy/3539239388/

    and below are a few links for your further reading.
    http://www.photoradar.com/techniques...owers?page=0,1
    http://www.photoradar.com/techniques...er-photographs
    http://www.digital-photography-schoo...t-flower-macro
    Checked out the links and one thing I noticed is the clean background. Perhaps you could try to find a cleaner background with less distractions
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