Critique Tulips! (Z7ii)

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I visited Holland, Michigan to photograph some tulips earlier this week. Here are some from my trip:

1- I used the focus shift feature of the Z7ii to keep everything in the frame in sharp focus for this picture.
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2- For this one, I took two images...one at f/14 (for the front) and one at f/2.8 (for the back). Even at f/2.8 I wasn't all that pleased with the bokeh. So, I intentionally set the lens to be out of focus and took another exposure. I used the out of focus exposure and the f/14 exposure and blended them in Photoshop to hopefully get the best of both worlds in one frame.
2021-05-03 michigan-96.jpg
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3- Another picture using the focus shift feature...
2021-05-03 michigan-60.jpg
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3- A blend of two different apertures to capture different levels of sharpness in the foreground and background elements...
2021-05-03 michigan-76.jpg
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4- Yet another aperture blend...
2021-05-03 michigan-81.jpg
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5- For this one, I spun the 70-200 2.8 on its tripod ring...
2021-05-03 michigan-106.jpg
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Thanks for looking...
Glenn
 
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it prompts me to take more time to appreciate the things around me.
I agree. You are basically paraphrasing a famous quote from Dorothea Lange:
"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."
I have found that to be very true. Even walking with friends I will stop and look at light, shadows, wind---they don't see it until I point it out.
Your camera taught you very very well.
gary
 
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Nice. #2 has a nice blend of depth, bokeh, color, and artistic imagery. #1 in a nice informative location photo.
#3 is too compressed and sharpened. #4 looks soft and distracting from not enough bokeh. #5 is for '60s hippies.
Just my 2¢.
 
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Nice. #2 has a nice blend of depth, bokeh, color, and artistic imagery. #1 in a nice informative location photo.
#3 is too compressed and sharpened. #4 looks soft and distracting from not enough bokeh. #5 is for '60s hippies.
Just my 2¢.
Thanks Mike...I agree with your comments. I'm a little surprised that f/2.8 with the telephoto lens didn't blur the background flowers more (but that's mostly just a mathematical reality).

Glenn
 

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