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07-04-2010, 06:37 AM   #1
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Hi all! Frist time posting to ask for critique. I took this picture with the forest in the background. The first photo is the original. The second, as you can see, I sort of cut the picture in half, going with the lily on the left. However, I felt that the background was still a little "busy" with the closed lily to the left. Some others have told me that I should take out the lily on the bottom as well, so I did that in Photo #3.. I just bought my Pentax just over a month ago, I am very, very new to DSLR, and many times so when it comes to post-processing. What I don't like about photo #3 is that I had a little more dark background "above" the lily, and, the edges now look so terribly jagged. Any advice? Thanks. Ned






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07-05-2010, 11:37 AM   #2
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Hi Eetu!

Nice picture. I didnt get to see picture one and two, and how picture three came to be, so I am a little at a loss. In addition, the size of the picture you posted wont allow me to see much in terms of the jaggedness that you mentioned.

I am not sure how experienced you are with your camera and PP, and in fact, since you own a better camera than mine, I hope I wont step any toes when my advice is to actually take more picture.

I do a lot of PP myself, and I like to think anything can be fixed PP. However, when the subject theme is readily available (like flowers), I think it is just better practice for you to redo the shot, and get it right the first time in shot. PP is fine, but it should not be a crutch
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A well-done shot technically, but I think the composition is bit off. Also, watch those edges!

I think "the picture" lies in the single flower on the left. A crop might be all it would take!

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Thanks, Adam!

I wonder why the last two photos do not appear on my screen...

Here is a finished product:

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i wouldn't remove the background flower, it adds depth
or conversely remove the buds from the right as well

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QuoteOriginally posted by sir.b Quote
i wouldn't remove the background flower
or conversely remove the buds from the right as well
My wife and I agree... but some that I have showed this photo to, they feel that the background flower, etc. was in the way...

Many kind thanks for your words.

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Here is my orignal cropping and processing, before taking out the other things. I realize everyone has different taste, but I think the above is fine, and it certainly looks natural.



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