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Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by obelix, Mar 31, 2005.
Interesting post the way you have controlled some aspect of the image. The juxtapostion of in focus / out of focus on the first one does create tension in the image. Likewise new/old in the second image is interesting as well and gives us a glimpse of life as it is. Thanks for sharing.
I like the ideas of these two, but I'm not sure I like the actual choices of framing and POVs, particularly for #1.
For #1, the blurry one seems to dominate the frame a bit much for my taste. If I were to keep both flowers to be similar size, I would probably go for a horizontal composition instead. Also, I would tend to go for a POV and perhaps lighting that reduces the blurry one to some extent.
For #2, I think I would've prefered the top flower in somewhat fuller view, instead of cropped off like that. Other than that, I might prefer framing shifted a tad to the left so that the withered flowers take up just a bit more of the right side of the frame. Maybe tilt it a slight bit also for a bit more of a slant in the alignment of flowers.
Thanks Gordon, Man-Fai
What I probably missed with #1 was the prominence of out of focus flower in the foreground. The reactions I got were uniform - none liked the foreground to be blurred.
Gordon got the intention of the 2nd one. I wanted to show the ageing process, with the dying flowers in front and the fresh flower in distant memory, looks like it did not work well for Man-Fai
That is why I cropped the flower on the top like that.
I agree on the balancing aspect, if I had moved the withered flowers to the right and pushed the fresh flower to the left, it would be a very interesting photo.
Needless to say, I am enjoying my 70-200
Let me get this straight, Anand. You spent $1500 to buy a 3 pound mid range best-of-class telephoto lens... and now you're using it for macros?
Check out the landscape forum , the lens did its job in Yosemite.
Interesting how opinions deviate.
I tentatively covered the intact flower on the second pic, and liked it much more. Well, tastes are individually different (fortunately).
That is why I am amazed by "great" photographers. They manage to convey a story in a single snapshot in time.
Ok shots, but each of them would be improved by much more daring cropping. striving to "get everything in the frame" rarely works very well.
Thanks Bjorn. Appreciate your critique.
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