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Sep 17, 2011 03:12:27   #
tainkc Loc: Kansas City
 
I would like to know what you think, good and bad. Mind you that I am still learning and experimenting with my new camera. What I am really wondering, is the quality there? As for the flowers, it was a completely overcast day. I shot these with my trusty 300mm telephoto lens.

I shot the one of my daughter in the kitchen ( hence, the fancy backdrop ) on the same cloudy day. She is looking out the window. This one was taken with my new 50mm prime portrait lens using the pop up flash
Yellow Hybiscus ISO 1600 No enhancements other than cropping.
Yellow Hybiscus  ISO 1600  No enhancements other t...
My oldest daughter. Very pregnant by the way. ISO 100
My oldest daughter.  Very pregnant by the way.  IS...
Fairy Rose. IS) 100. The bloom is about the size of a quarter.
Fairy Rose.  IS) 100.  The bloom is about the size...

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Sep 17, 2011 05:33:05   #
mortonfarm Loc: Texas
 
The Hibiscus is glorious...Yellows are so hard to capture in a pure color representation...as is red.. your daughter has beautiful eyes...really pretty... and the little fairy rose ..wow...mine has lighter pink and smaller flowers...It is container grown ever since I brought it home 7 years ago. Really pleasing work...I am really learning myself, so critiqueing is hard...right now just know what I like and don't like & I like your photos!

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Sep 17, 2011 06:49:55   #
bobmielke Loc: Portland, OR
 
tainkc wrote:
I would like to know what you think, good and bad. Mind you that I am still learning and experimenting with my new camera. What I am really wondering, is the quality there? As for the flowers, it was a completely overcast day. I shot these with my trusty 300mm telephoto lens.

I shot the one of my daughter in the kitchen ( hence, the fancy backdrop ) on the same cloudy day. She is looking out the window. This one was taken with my new 50mm prime portrait lens using the pop up flash
I would like to know what you think, good and bad.... (show quote)


Overcast days are, IMHO, the best time to photograph flowers. Your shots are well exposed, with beautiful color. The last flower has a nice depth of field blur to the background. My only suggestion for improvement is composition. You show a tendency to center every shot. Think about shooting them off center as in the sample photo below.
Yellow Flower Composition Example
Yellow Flower Composition Example...

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Sep 17, 2011 08:10:42   #
mortonfarm Loc: Texas
 
This photog gives wonderful, practical, real sincere advice...You can learn a lot from him, not only what he posts for one's own pics, but for others as well...Linda :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Sep 17, 2011 08:13:01   #
mortonfarm Loc: Texas
 
In the post above I was referring to Bob Mielke, sorry, should have replied another way so you would know who I was referring to... :oops: :oops:

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Sep 17, 2011 08:26:40   #
Sabaideejack Loc: Appleton WI
 
Gorgeous flowers!...and yes...your daughter too...the focus is on the eyes. I like to look for those "catch lights" in the eyes of a portrait.

Nice depth of field in all. I like bobmielke's comment on composition; about shooting a flower from a different angle instead of "head on" ...gives a different composition to the subject. I attached one example of mine.

Nice work! Let's see some more...and thanks for sharing.



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Sep 17, 2011 08:43:50   #
bobmielke Loc: Portland, OR
 
Footshift wrote:
Gorgeous flowers!...and yes...your daughter too...the focus is on the eyes. I like to look for those "catch lights" in the eyes of a portrait.

Nice depth of field in all. I like bobmielke's comment on composition; about shooting a flower from a different angle instead of "head on" ...gives a different composition to the subject. I attached one example of mine.

Nice work! Let's see some more...and thanks for sharing.


Following up on your comment, shooting flowers from ground level up, with a piece of the blue sky in the frame can create great flower photos. I go to the Portland Rose Test Garden because all the roses are up a couple of feet off the ground, allowing me, at my decrepit age, to get down low enough for a different perspective. My neighbors are always curious what that old fat man is doing lying on the ground photographing Daffodils. :)

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Sep 17, 2011 09:46:12   #
emmyweez Loc: Niceville, Florida
 
I love the shot of your daughter, she looks very deep in thought but can I ask what is sticking out of her head to the left? Is it a chop stick hair piece? Maybe you could try removing it? It's a wonderful shot though.

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Sep 17, 2011 14:24:45   #
tainkc Loc: Kansas City
 
Bob,

Thank you for your criticism. I have been paying attention to you. You also told me once to pull my cropping in tighter, which I am now doing. And yes, I know that my composition needs a lot, I mean a lot of work. This is something that I just have to develop on my own. By the way, All of your pictures are fantastic! You also live in an excellent location. Out here in Kansas, everything is flat. What they call lakes back here are a joke. I grew up not far from Lake Michigan then I moved to Boston where they have a real ocean. Should'a stayed there.

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Sep 17, 2011 14:29:01   #
tainkc Loc: Kansas City
 
emmyweez wrote:
I love the shot of your daughter, she looks very deep in thought but can I ask what is sticking out of her head to the left? Is it a chop stick hair piece? Maybe you could try removing it? It's a wonderful shot though.
Being a girl yourself ( I am assuming this through your icon photo ) you should know what that stick is. LOL. Her hair is thick and down to her waist. Anyway, I thought of taking it out but obviously, I did not. You are probably right; take it out. Thank you.

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Sep 17, 2011 14:31:51   #
bobmielke Loc: Portland, OR
 
tainkc wrote:
Bob,

Thank you for your criticism. I have been paying attention to you. You also told me once to pull my cropping in tighter, which I am now doing. And yes, I know that my composition needs a lot, I mean a lot of work. This is something that I just have to develop on my own. By the way, All of your pictures are fantastic! You also live in an excellent location. Out here in Kansas, everything is flat. What they call lakes back here are a joke. I grew up not far from Lake Michigan then I moved to Boston where they have a real ocean. Should'a stayed there.
Bob, br br Thank you for your criticism. I hav... (show quote)


It was not intended as criticism but constructive critique. I followed up with techniques photographers use to improve their photos of flowers by changing their angle of vision. Get down low.

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Sep 17, 2011 14:33:21   #
tainkc Loc: Kansas City
 
bobmielke wrote:
Footshift wrote:
Gorgeous flowers!...and yes...your daughter too...the focus is on the eyes. I like to look for those "catch lights" in the eyes of a portrait.

Nice depth of field in all. I like bobmielke's comment on composition; about shooting a flower from a different angle instead of "head on" ...gives a different composition to the subject. I attached one example of mine.

Nice work! Let's see some more...and thanks for sharing.


Following up on your comment, shooting flowers from ground level up, with a piece of the blue sky in the frame can create great flower photos. I go to the Portland Rose Test Garden because all the roses are up a couple of feet off the ground, allowing me, at my decrepit age, to get down low enough for a different perspective. My neighbors are always curious what that old fat man is doing lying on the ground photographing Daffodils. :)
quote=Footshift Gorgeous flowers!...and yes...you... (show quote)

Bob, what do you mean by " catch lights" ?

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Sep 17, 2011 14:34:49   #
bobmielke Loc: Portland, OR
 
tainkc wrote:
bobmielke wrote:
Footshift wrote:
Gorgeous flowers!...and yes...your daughter too...the focus is on the eyes. I like to look for those "catch lights" in the eyes of a portrait.

Nice depth of field in all. I like bobmielke's comment on composition; about shooting a flower from a different angle instead of "head on" ...gives a different composition to the subject. I attached one example of mine.

Nice work! Let's see some more...and thanks for sharing.


Following up on your comment, shooting flowers from ground level up, with a piece of the blue sky in the frame can create great flower photos. I go to the Portland Rose Test Garden because all the roses are up a couple of feet off the ground, allowing me, at my decrepit age, to get down low enough for a different perspective. My neighbors are always curious what that old fat man is doing lying on the ground photographing Daffodils. :)
quote=Footshift Gorgeous flowers!...and yes...you... (show quote)

Bob, what do you mean by " catch lights" ?
quote=bobmielke quote=Footshift Gorgeous flowers... (show quote)


The twinkle in your eye.

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Sep 17, 2011 15:58:50   #
emmyweez Loc: Niceville, Florida
 
tainkc wrote:
emmyweez wrote:
I love the shot of your daughter, she looks very deep in thought but can I ask what is sticking out of her head to the left? Is it a chop stick hair piece? Maybe you could try removing it? It's a wonderful shot though.
Being a girl yourself ( I am assuming this through your icon photo ) you should know what that stick is. LOL. Her hair is thick and down to her waist. Anyway, I thought of taking it out but obviously, I did not. You are probably right; take it out. Thank you.
quote=emmyweez I love the shot of your daughter, ... (show quote)


That's why I asked if it was a chopstick lol!

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Sep 17, 2011 18:17:28   #
mortonfarm Loc: Texas
 
I love that mind pic...!

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