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    White Orchid...C&C Appreciated

    Today I photographed this white phalenopsis orchid. After post processing the image with a black background I used post crop vignetting to lighten the corners and edges of the image. While post crop vignetting is normally used to darken the corners of a image to draw the viewers attention to the subject I think in this case the opposite is effective. Any critique and comments are welcomed.

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    I don't often look long at flower photos Joe but this one did Make me look. It's not often I see a white vignette and it works very well with this subject making it a stronger photo. It does pull you in to the center. I find however that right after that first grab for your attention, the green stem drags me off to the side. Subduing the green would help I think. For flower shots, how acceptable is it to remove the stem all together?

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    Re: White Orchid...C&C Appreciated

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew1 View Post
    I don't often look long at flower photos Joe but this one did Make me look. It's not often I see a white vignette and it works very well with this subject making it a stronger photo. It does pull you in to the center. I find however that right after that first grab for your attention, the green stem drags me off to the side. Subduing the green would help I think. For flower shots, how acceptable is it to remove the stem all together?
    Thank you for viewing and commenting Andrew. I agree that the green stem does attrack attention from the flowers. Here is a quick version with the stem cloned out. I appreciate your thoughtfulness to point that out. That is what makes this forum so important in improving one's vision and photography. I am interested in what others think.


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    Re: White Orchid...C&C Appreciated

    Am not bothered at all by the green stem but there are little whitish bits under the middle blooms that need tidied up and I can still see traces of the cloned out stem.

    Try looking at it from different angles and you will see them.

    Very good shot of the orchids...clear and sharp.

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    Re: White Orchid...C&C Appreciated

    Thanks Daisy, I will take a closer look at it. I did it in a hurry to post here. Thank you for viewing and commenting.

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    Re: White Orchid...C&C Appreciated

    I may be a rebel here, but really prefer the stem shot

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    Re: White Orchid...C&C Appreciated

    It does look a bit disjointed without the stem. Flowers don't float. It's nice that it's easy to try though. Perhaps just subdue the rather bright green in the original. Still a good one Joe!

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    Re: White Orchid...C&C Appreciated

    Hi Joe,

    I agree about the stem, I don't much like 'floating' flowers.

    I would try a subtle decreasing the brightness towards the end and a similarly 'grade applied' blur.

    I wasn't convinced about the white vignette, but I don't see what other option there is and I think it is 'growing on me' the longer I view this

    Nice composition and exposure.

    Cheers,

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    Re: White Orchid...C&C Appreciated

    Thanks everyone for your comments and viewing. I considered each and every comment to arrive at the final version. Below I have posted a copy of the image as straight out of the camera and a copy of the final version. I did this for those that might be interested to see how for me a photograph becomes a image to save. As having begun photography when film and transparency was the only way I cannot say enough to praise digital and post processing software. Thank you all for the help in seeing this image to it's fulfillment.

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