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09-03-2010, 02:25 PM   #1
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Wild Clematis
Lens: A 35-105 Camera: K-M Photo Location: East Tennessee ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/125s Aperture: F5.6 

This has been an amazing year for Wild Clematis bloom here in East Tennessee. Have taken many close-up/macro photos of the flower details... But was trying for something different here - to capture the mood of these sweet-scented, delicate blooms. Not sure if this works at all or not, would be very happy for any critique!

09-03-2010, 11:11 PM   #2
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You do convey gentleness with this shot, something that is not very easy to accomplish. So that's good.

The biggest issue with the image is the framing. There is too much foreground cluttered with leaves. While some are good and necessary for context, there are two culprits that impose themselves too much into the flowers. These two are right in the left and right center of the frame. While you may be able to clone them out, I'd simply reshoot. I'd also crop in from the right bottom about 10%, the dying veins in that leaf are distracting and unattractive.

While I think the specular highlights here tend to overwhelm the flowers I also can see how they add dimension to the image. And one more little fix: the white balance is off: it's too green and too blue.

Nice try and a better concept. I'll look forward to seeing take 2.

09-05-2010, 04:28 AM   #3
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This image offers bokeh and sharpness - well done.
As said, it's the composition that makes it hard to appreciate the clematis's beauty - focusing more closely on a few isolated flowers along with the stunning background OOF areas as background would make this a true winner.
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If I may offer my opinion here. You shot the flowers through the background so to say. But it is all too usual. I realize it is not easy to come up with interesting/original flower shot, but perhaps you could try for wider view with more involving background, or you could have isolated fewer flowers with more emphasis on one or two specific ones. Or may be you could have waited for some insect to board them, which would make them look more lively... I don't think it works for me as per the goal that you set in your description of the image. You may be on the right track, but you're not there just yet...

All of course is totally IMVHO.

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Miguel - Thanks for your kind, helpful & specific comments. Will try your suggestions!

Ash - Thanks so much for the very helpful suggestions. Our clematis is about finished with bloom for this year, but will try to locate some for a different view...

Boris - Thanks for your honesty! It is encouragement for me to keep trying.
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I really like this just has such nice color and bokeh. I used Light Machine to just spot a little light on various parts of the blooms to contrast them more from their surroundings, and find it more appealing me. Nice shot! You did well!
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