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9th June 2009, 03:15 PM
Hi All - Here's a sample orchid from a local orchid fair. I was particularly attracted by the green/white against orange background. Comments and crits as usual are welcome.
9th June 2009, 07:03 PM
The orange background certainly gives this image impact. The orchid seems a little over sharpened or maybe it is just the texture of the petals.
10th June 2009, 12:36 AM
I love the orange background also! Nice capture!
Thanks for sharing!
10th June 2009, 12:54 AM
Nice shot esp the color selection.
- Any chance that you could have avoided the black portions in the orange background so that it would be a plain background?
- I see a glare (small one) on the green thick portion of the flower.
Am I too complaining?
10th June 2009, 11:50 AM
Hi Guys (including Batman44) - Thanks for the comments. Wirefox - I don't know enough about orchids to decide if this is oversharpened. Some of the flowers, this one included, seemed to me to have very sharp edges with many tiny hairs. Thus, I tried to sharpen to portray this. A problem does arise because these flowers also have very diffuse markings, thus oversharpening can destroy that subtlty. Overall, you've got a point.
Ajith - The original had a brighter, lighter band across the top. This I removed by creating a new layer and filling it with a gradient made from the LHS and RHS orange red colours. I then carefully, with a soft brush, erased what was not needed of that layer. I decided to leave the darker shapes in the lower half to give an impression of depth and to keep a bit of interest. It's the large phallic green leaf that bothers me most. As for the glare, yes you're too picky!!
Batman44 - Thanks.
10th June 2009, 12:01 PM
Oh well, if Ajith's going to be pedantic , can I join in?
These are just my general ruminations, prompted by Ajith's comments, more along the lines of 'in a perfect world where everything is under the photographer's control' rather than the real world.
a) The pale, rectangular intrusion in bottom right corner is a distraction and shouldn't be there compositionally.
b) I think the background patterns contribute where they fall mainly below the bloom itself, so removal of the topmost one on right would help.
c) if one were an artist, or a flower arranger, I think a different arrangement of the two 'other' green elements at the bottom would improve the composition. I think they help, and 2 is better than 1, making 3 green things altogether when you count the stalk of the main subject. Being behind the subject, but in front of the orangy background gives a depth to the image. Not sure I like them overlapping the main subject though, but I cannot decide.
d) It may benefit from some dodging to bring up the whites of the bloom just a bit more.
Have I over analysed it? probably
I like the general composition, colours, lighting/shadows, focus, depth of field and exposure, all in all a striking image. That's 7 pluses and only 4 little minuses, you're winning!
10th June 2009, 06:05 PM
Hi Dave - Thanks for the comments. That's what I like about this site - high quality constructive criticism! As soon as I read the words "pale, rectangular intrusion..." I looked and groaned. I had spent substantial time removing a worse part of the image at the top and thinking how clever I was to be able to do it, but then missed another obvious blemish. I think the other points come down to taste and the reality of the capture. Thanks again for taking the time to analyse this work.
11th June 2009, 09:09 AM