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    African Violet

    I'm not sure on the crop, I think its a bit too much green and busy? All C&C greatly desired.

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    african violet best by sefirothe9, on Flickr

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    Re: African Violet

    the shot is a bit tight to trim off the edge of the other flower, can you zoom out or do a diagonal diamond shaped trim? I think your original center of focus may have been another part of the scene, I see more sharpness in the green leaves than in the flower.

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    Re: African Violet

    Quote Originally Posted by Sefirothe View Post
    I'm not sure on the crop, I think its a bit too much green and busy? All C&C greatly desired.

    African Violet
    african violet best by sefirothe9, on Flickr
    Hi Sharon,

    To my eyes, there's something odd about the plane of focus, it almost appears diagonal - perhaps you have already done a rotation?

    The two other blooms partly in shot are a bit of a distraction, especially the one lower right because it is so sharp, but I would normally using cloning, or dodging to remove/reduce such 'problems' myself.

    I was about to say there's no EXIF data when I spotted the flickr link, so I went there to get it;
    1/200s, f/5.6 at 55mm at iso125 (on a Nikon D3100).

    This reveals a wide aperture for such a subject, giving the narrow Depth of Field.
    Personally, I would be taking this at f/16 and since you used flash, unless ambient light was an issue, I would trade some shutter speed and some iso to achieve that, say iso400 and 1/60s.

    Hope that helps,

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    Re: African Violet

    I think the focus was odd to the both of you because the one setting was set to 3D instead of a single spot. I'm still trying to figure all the menus on this thing out.

    I tried for similar settings to those Dave, when I took this photo but it was a little later in the day so the ambient light was a bit different. And of course the flower itself didnt cooperate by popping up another bloom. Ah mother nature!

    African Violet
    DSC_0035 by sefirothe9, on Flickr

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