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Difficult subject

Difficult subject
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Copyright: Mark Kula (markula) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 147 W: 0 N: 216] (882)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-04
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-04 19:53
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Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I mean flowers. One might think they are easier to photograph than animals. They won't get up and run or fly away, so there's tendency to think that to take a good picture of a flower is not nearly as challenging as taking one of an insect. I would disagree, because for the same precise reason we expect more from a shot depicting a flower than from one showing a bird. Therefore I was a little afraid so far to post images similar to this one. After all, aren't we happier when we are not the only ones who like the pictures we post here? But here's my most recent take on the subject and I hope to hear what you think.
This shot was taken at -1EV compensation further decreased by -1/3 in post processing to get as much detail as possible out of the flower's petals. Otherwise original. The background was a shrub with dark leaves hidden in the shadow. Shot taken on a monopod.

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Hello Mark, nice compo.
I agree with you about the difficulty to shot flowers and statics subject.
You get a nice result with your 100-400mm at max length.
Well done and TSF.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-09-05 5:34]

Hola Mark,
preciosa tu flor...(Hemerocallis fulva), con realismo, textura y un perfecto BG, que resalta un trabajo bien realizado, saludos y hasta pronto.

Hi Mark,
I see what you mean about the use of the 100-400 mm lense. This is very well done! Details are good, colors are wonderful and this is a great composition. I like this dark BG showing us a little part of the plant. Well seen and TFS,

hi mark
sujet dificile, mais tres reussi.j'aime beaucoup.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-05 15:50]

Me agrada... definitivamente.
Los detalles de los pétalos son maravillosos así como el trasfondo oscuro que realza la flor en todo su esplendor.
Correcto DOF y POV además de un encuadre muy agradable.
Buen trabajo Mark... Ricardo.

I like... definitively.
The details of the petals are wonderful as well as the dark background that enhances the flower in all their splendor.
Correct DOF and POV besides an framing very pleasant.
Good work Mark... Ricardo.

Buen trabajo el reflejado en esta imagen. Los pétalos que resaltan parecen tener vida.
Muy real, colores perfectos y el fondo estupendo para hacer resaltar el motivo central: la flor.
Felicidades, un cordial saludo, JL

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-09-05 20:16]

Hola Mark.- Estoy de acuerdo contigo, no es nada facil lograr una bella foto de una flor como esta. En cuanto a esta foto la encuentro muy nitida y con un exelente luz., El fondo le da un toque muy especial. Saludos Luis52

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-06 6:27]

Hello Mark,
very nice close up with wonderful details. POV , exposure and composition is very nice. The black BG shows of the wonderful details even more.

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-09-06 7:57]

La luz esta en su punto, has sabido preservar la textura de la flor siendo complicado por ser amarilla. La profundidad dado con el segundo me gusta, le da asi mas relieve para cabar finalmente en la oscuridad. Una buena foto Mark. Saludos

Bonjour Howard
Félicitation pour cette magnifique prise de vue en macro qui nous donne cette explosion de couleurs
ainsi que cette trčs jolie composition.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Very well composed image, captured with great details and fine vivid colours...
Macro work well done!
Take care Ana:)

Hi Mark,
Excellent picture. All fine details and texture are clearly presented. Great exposure and pov. A wonderful picture. Congratulations.

Hello Mark,
I always prefer to take flowers than moving objects. But sometimes the wind is not helpful for us. Especially long plants were efected by wind and they move so bad. We cannot good focus. I often encounter this event during taking flower photos.
But yours is a best one. A perfect work with all details.
With my best wishes.

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