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Cherry Blossoms
Apr 26, 2022 13:39:51   #
Jbrustrom
 
Taken using my new to me Nikon D5500. AFS Nikkor 18-55mm VRII, f9, 1/320s, ISO 125, -0.3EV No post.


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Apr 26, 2022 13:54:25   #
Sinewsworn Loc: Port Orchard, WA
 
Jbrustrom wrote:
Taken using my new to me Nikon D5500. AFS Nikkor 18-55mm VRII, f9, 1/320s, ISO 125, -0.3EV No post.


Nice shot thanx for sharing!

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Apr 26, 2022 14:03:55   #
niteman3d Loc: South Central Pennsylvania, USA
 
SOOC... Nice!

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Apr 27, 2022 05:38:45   #
dpullum Loc: Tampa Florida
 
Construction is diagonal starting at 1/3 and ending at the upper right at 1/3. The color scheme is uniformly pink spring throughout. The main subject is well supported by the out-of-focus [Bokeh].

Lighting, some may say too shadowed. Adding a reflecting surface below the branch, or using fill flash would have squelched that lighting criticism, however, as-is gives a being there feeling.

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Apr 27, 2022 07:22:34   #
joehel2 Loc: Cherry Hill, NJ
 
Very nicely done.

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Apr 27, 2022 08:31:43   #
abc1234 Loc: Elk Grove Village, Illinois
 
This picture is a teaching moment. The colors and flowers are gorgeous. The composition might benefit from having fewer flowers as the center of attention. Limiting the brightness range from sunlit petals to those in a shadow might also bring out a center of interest. Because of these reasons, I prefer to shoot flowers on overcast days to avoid that harsh lighting. One technical matter. The flowers appear slightly out of focus. This could be due to low lens quality, subject or camera movement, or simply being out of focus.

I use two other tricks when shooting flowers. I go to my 70-200 lens and work at 200. This increases the bokeh. Finally, I had a little negative vignette to pop the flower out of the background.

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Apr 27, 2022 12:51:34   #
rdgreenwood Loc: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
 
This beautiful image would have benefited greatly by having a sheet of black card stock held behind the sprig of blossoms.

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Apr 27, 2022 13:07:35   #
spaceytracey Loc: East Glacier Park, MT
 
Very nice but, as mentioned above, a bit out of focus. Distracting. more light on the shadowed blossoms would be perfect.

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Apr 27, 2022 13:42:20   #
abc1234 Loc: Elk Grove Village, Illinois
 
rdgreenwood wrote:
This beautiful image would have benefited greatly by having a sheet of black card stock held behind the sprig of blossoms.


That can be hard at times. What I have done is to use flash. I set the camera to full manual mode: 1/200, f/8, ISO 400. Take a test shot without the flash. Everything should be underexposed. I then add the flash in manual mode and adjust the output until the flowers look good.

Working with a tripod helps a lot. I also put a diffuser on the flash and tilt it upward at about 45 degrees to soften the flash.

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Apr 27, 2022 14:22:59   #
Jbrustrom
 
Would it help you guys to know that this was shot while in a car with the window down, waiting for a stop light to change? Your above suggestions are good, but in this case, totally impractical.

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Apr 27, 2022 15:43:52   #
rdgreenwood Loc: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
 
Jbrustrom wrote:
Would it help you guys to know that this was shot while in a car with the window down, waiting for a stop light to change? Your above suggestions are good, but in this case, totally impractical.

That’s a totally different situation.

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Apr 29, 2022 02:57:29   #
SX2002 Loc: Adelaide, South Australia
 
I don't think it needs any fill flash but it could be sharper...it appears to be quite out of focus on my monitor...a beautiful shot though...
Ron.

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