Well, that flower that so many of you – like me – enjoyed so much a while back has opened up very nicely. So I thought I’d share an update photo of it:
How beautiful! And it must be great to have roses in the garden all over the winter…
At least, this year, there are roses in winter even in the more rough parts of Germany, albeit not in full bloom…
Just like I praised some other photos of yours, I must criticize this one. It’s really poor show. There’s more to photographing flowers than meets the eye
Some suggestions: use the macro mode so that the background appears out of focus; be especially careful about the lighting; and, for Dr. Parkinson’s sake, hold that camera steady!!
An even better suggestion: ask a macro expert…
Sorry, I forgot. Check the white balance as well, it shouldn’t be so cold.
In reply to Ansel: Actually I love this photograph. Background is out of focus and it is dark. I can see the transparency of the top petal. I like the cold tones as well.
Ansel, I am very aware of all the issues that you mention. Thanks. I disagree with you on more or less all you say except the lighting. I would have preferred to have exposed it slightly under to saturate the colour a tad more. As to pulling focus….. The focus is fine on the background in my opinion (there’s a clear difference between it and the subject but not so much as to remove the context of the garden that it is in. It is deliberate – pulled focus does not always have to be as extreme as in all the standard flower shots, obliterating the background details entirely) and the slight blur on the flower is probably due to the motion from the wind which is blowing. I’ve no problem with that latter aspect… it is a snapshot, that’s all. It took me about a couple of minutes to do before dashing off to work. I examined the results later.
I appreciate the comment though. It’s nice to hear about alternative choices.
Clifford, well I think it’s a fine photograph, but I’m easily impressed. You might enjoy this article on the measurement system used in the pyramids by a German engineer. It seems like it’s a worthy object for LaTex figures and equations, but I’m trying to get a paper typed up. The discussion includes a mathematical operation: a beautiful method which the ancients apparently used to compute 45 degree angles of slopes defined as rational ratios.
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