- Macro & detail
- Date taken:
- Taunton UK
- Nikon Coolpix 5200
- 1/40s f/8 ISO 250 45mm
- This is a re-submission following comments made in Joe's critique.
I have tried to improve the sharpness in the centre of the flower without overdoing it, I have also done some general cloning to improve the image overall.
When showing this shot to friends the first reaction is they like the blue background, not what I intended, so I have changed it to black. What do you think?
- flower nature macro camellia
Mike,Helpful 1 19 April 2014
I love you like a brother - why? Because if I could harness your enthusiasm - I'd sell it on eBay as Rocket fuel - I'd make a million bucks ;) Seriously.. You are a gifted photographer who offers amazing images - and your comments/critiques are typically "right on".... So....
Let's critique this one together, OK?
First - your focal point.... You've stared at this image for longer then I ever have - and what do you see? You can NOT take something not in focus - and simply "apply sharpening" and make it in focus - regardless of who says what. You know that. The back leaves of the image ARE in focus - but the flower and leading petals? Not so much... What I'm seeing is a blurry flower - and no background change or sharpening will/can fix that...
OK - let's move on to the petals of the camellia... See the leading edges? What I see are they are blown out and out of focus as well. I know you see it too...
If I were you instructor - I would tell you the same. What YOU want me to see (the flower in bloom) isn't the centerpiece of this image as the relative DOF on the subject simply isn't there - so my eye keeps leading back to the "leaf" - which isn't the "subject". So - let's take it again, OK?
Mike - again - I love your images. They are creative and push the limits of your equipment. That's why I respect you. But. This image isn't your best work - and I think you know that... Focus your camera as a part of YOU to tell US what you want us to focus on - and nope, "post process "sharpening"" isn't the road to get there.. But - well - you know that already...
I don't want to come across to you as a "jerk", but - I'm afraid I've done so in this critique, so please forgive me.. But - for that too - I look at your capability behind the lens, and know what you are capable of delivering...
And that - is high praise indeed...
I like the black, it compliments the flower without overpowering it. The sharpness in the center of the flower is a lot better. Good job..... LindaHelpful 1 19 April 2014