I'd vote for #3. It has the feel of a still life painting, and has an anchor for the subject. 1&2 give too much of an abstract feel for my taste.
Yeah, I'd go for #3 too. You could even try moving flower heart towards a vertical third line. What's the new camera?
Good advice Rob. I bought a used 40d so that my daughter could have my 450d when she starts her A level in photography. The condition of the 40d is excellent - almost mint (from MPB who give a 6 month warranty). I cost £340 for the body so thats nearly £300 less than the 450d when I bought it brand new. The difference in handling is unbelievable it makes the gripped 450d feel like a toy. I am well pleased. Although I have got one or two dust bunnies. If I cannot remove them with a blower I will take it in for a clean
With that lighting and background I also prefer No. 3. Maybe the tighter crops would work better under different conditions.
You certainly won't regret the 40D, although the extra weight is more noticeable after you have carried it around all day.
The 40D auto sensor shaker does reduce dust spots but several times a year I have to clean my sensor. I use the Delkin Digital Duster which also has a mini vacuum cleaner and wet wipes option. But there are quite a few excellent cleaning systems available now.
Whoops...I must make a point of reading the whole post in futureAnd if that doesn't do it you can use a Brillo pad. That was a joke.
Radu, Steve, thanks for taking time to improve on these images although I am starting to side with Steve's appraisal.
Yes and it wakes me up if I roll over in bed Seriously though Geoff my first impressions are extremely positive. I must admit when using the 450d I did wonder if I should perhaps have gone for a Nikon.....I have absolutely no doubts anymore...and the meds are starting to kick in nicely.You certainly won't regret the 40D, although the extra weight is more noticeable after you have carried it around all day.
As for the DIY sensor cleaning I will get the parachute jump and the nipple piercing appointment out of the way before I start to contemplate such a drastic life changing experience.
Excuse me,just now I saw I give You first stage of pp.Final image is below.
I suppose it does look like ...... well a beautiful thing.