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I'm not all too satisfied with this, but I'm still submitting it. Might put a different version (black and white) into scraps. I find it too centered and the flower not white enough to my liking. But I played around in Photoshop too much on this one and I have to let it go. So, here it is! A wild white flower. It sounds so boring right now... oh well! Critique more, please!
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xellerate Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it, but I do agree that it's too centered. Crop it? Also I think it would look neat if you took out the background and just had it black with the white flower and green leaves.
paroxysmic Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2005
Yup, I think I might resubmit this one. Thanks for your input!!
Yue-Xumeragi Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2005
Ha, I can't give you much advance critics as I'm in the same photography class as you, but I can give my impressions. I really like the white, supported by the contrast of the whole picture, and the already done but still good concept of pureness. As it is an everlasting idea, though, I think you'D have to play more with originality. By that I mean to have the flower off-center to add dynamic to the picture (changing the crop if you have an original bigger picture). For this exemple I'd say bottom right corner could looks really great. I'd be a bit 'wallpaper'-y but because of the high contrast the flower will draw the eye to it immediatly, no matter where it is placed. Second point would be to have a slightly more blurred background. That would give more of a 'portrait' look to it - only with the flower as a subject. It could makes it seem even more detailed I think. Last, I am not sure how much knowledge you have in photoshop, but you if you don't mind sacriledging the pictures you could have a blast playing with the colours (makes it cripsy blue so the now green leaves would look like spikes of ice) or make a soft gaussian blur on the white to soften the lines and have some etheral feel to it. =)

How to archieve any of that - and also where I took most recent and decent knowledge on photography - is really nicely explained in the *PhotographyChannel 's tutorials and if you haven't read them I rec them, now.

Keep in mind though I'm not that good in photo so it's more like impressions of what I think would look good or help somewhat. I hope I'm not talking out of my hat ^^;

In any case, it's a great jem you found, wild flowers are always nice to look at but to find some striking white ones takes a good deal of observation. I also marvel at the quality of the picture even though it's couldn't have been that big of a flower. Someday I'd like to go watch you take pictures you are great at outdoors shots! :nod:
paroxysmic Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
Reply written on Aug 30th.

Yes, the position of the flower was my main concern, but I never thought of cropping it (silly me!). I usually place the camera the way I want the picture to turn out while "in the field" and usually never take straight up centered pictures.

I love photomanipulation in Photoshop, but I also love to keep the pictures the way they are. I always experiment, but never post them, because I don't think they're good enough. Someday, maybe! ;)

I do know that I lack originality. The reason why most of my photographs are in the nature is because I have no ideas of how to take original pics, set up objects with a meaning behind it. Nature pics are so walk around and snap, snap, snap. Hehe.

Whoa. I had seen many photography tutorials, but not as effective as these! Some stuff, like the composition tutorial, are stuff I'm absolutely sure we're gonna cover in class (like the rule of thirds).

Thanks for the detailed critique! Not many people take the time to do that. :D
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August 30, 2005
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10/600 second
Focal Length
5 mm
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Jun 27, 2005, 10:23:09 AM