- Nature & landscape
- Date taken:
- 1/200s f/11 ISO 400 55mm
- What is wrong with this shot? I really like it but it does not do well in competition. Any advice appreciated.
I have been on a major project for a while, updating pictures like this that I like but do not shot well. So far about 80% of the upgrades have been very successful, thanks to the inputs from the Focussion community. The tips and ideas that are expressed by every one on all picture submitted are a great learning tool.
I still have many more shots to update so I won't be as active for a while but I can use your help on this one.
- red plant green white black clerondendrum vine bleeding heart
I like the contrast of the black against white and also enjoy the comp. Have to agree with mblum4 on the sharpness of the flowers as well though. Cool shot.27 June 2014
Hi Joe.24 June 2014
Mike pointed out a few things and he's right on about all those aspects but I have another suggestion. The black background is a very stark contrasting colour here and makes the bright white flowers have an unnatural look and feel to them. Now if you have to have dark background and this image was to be used for a production shot in a flower catalog you're hired. Accurate clipping path and you seemed to have caught all the small areas that most would have missed in that respect .I know because I did exactly this type of work for many years for store flyers. IF black is a must then you may want to pass a small airbrush with the Blur tool to soften the edges. Having them sharp makes it look as though they were cut out of a magazine and look more like a collage thus, the unnatural looking edges.
If you really want/need a darker background I would suggest a natural environmental colour as black is not normally what we'd see in nature.
Use available natural light whenever possible. This will help bring out the soft details and folds in the flower. No suitable available light and have to use flash? Bounce your flash off something big and white. A bed sheet, a piece of Bristol board or Styrofoam. And decrease the intensity or power of the flash if possible. Use an off camera flash to get a different angle as opposed to the flash straight on from the camera lens plane. That type of flash gives a very harsh light and washes out details from "like coloured" edges.
Good luck with your next shot.
Hi Joe. This is another sharp and detailed shot. I find my eyes are wondering around all the flowers and don't know which one to settle on, would it be possible to isolate a smaller groupe of flowers so there is a more obvious focal point. The other thing is I find the flowers a bit to bright (may be my monitor) is it worth trying to reduce the highlights a bit. Hope my thoughts are worth thinking about and you are not offended by a newbies ramblings. Mike.23 June 2014