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« on: April 16, 2009 04:25:47 PM »

I took way too many pictures of a group of wildflowers, and have only narrowed them down to five.

I really should only keep one of those, two max. They're for my portfolio (architecture at Waterloo <3)

And I took two differently styled pictures of this little guy. I don't think I can get away with both. Which, do you think?

I'm really a photography newbie and kind of lack subject matter. XD Any input would be appreciated but most especially preference directed at one or two pictures.
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2009 04:35:34 PM »

I like the second and fourth pictures of the wildflowers, and for the lucky cat, I like the first.  It looks like its the centerpiece in a field of colour.  Smiley  Did you know that the cat waves its paw so that luck will be drawn in instead of pushed out?  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2009 06:11:41 PM »

Did you know that the cat waves its paw so that luck will be drawn in instead of pushed out?  Smiley
So I hear. XD My friend brought that back from Thailand for me; I had asked for a "random trinket". It is pretty adorable, but its waving paw is surprisingly LOUD. o.o Anyway, thanks for your input. Cheesy

« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2009 06:57:46 PM »

First and third flower pix.

Second gold cat.

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2009 07:15:23 PM »

I always overshoot wildflowers too, there's so many ways to look at them and they're always so gorgeous! Out of the first group the second is my least favorite. It has nice composition but the focus is on the ground, not the flowers, and that doesn't seem intentional. The 4th and 5th are similar but I think the composition is better on the 4th. I like the 3rd best overall. It has nice composition as well as showing distance very nicely with some depth of field.
For the cat I really like the background in the first pic and the point of view and lighting on the second so ideally I would prefer a pic combining the best elements of the two photos.

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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2009 07:33:48 PM »

Hi! I'm a photo newbie too!  Grin

Ok so for the flowers, my favourite is the first. I think the light is nice and the focus is good too. The only thing are the leaves in the back are too sharp (in my opinion). If you could maybe blur them a bit in photoshop, the focus of the eye would really go right to the flowers. The flower on the second is out of focus, as is the one on the third (the first one you see is the one in the front, and it's out of focus, so my eye doesn't like that). Maybe you could crop the pic in Photoshop in order to only keep the sharp flower, I think it would look great! (even better than the first picture) Personally, the yellow flowers on the 4th and 5th pics distract me because they're lighter than the purple flowers, so my eye doesn't like it.  Cheesy

As for the cat, I like the 2nd picture best. If possible, you could just remove the little grey thingy in the bottom right with photoshop and it would look even better! The second one is out of focus and/or the light is wrong (I'm not sure, maybe you moved during the shot if your speed was too slow?)

I hope that helped!

« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2009 07:56:54 PM »

For the wildflowers, I would go with 3 and 4.

I like the shadows in the first pic, but it seems like a typical angle.
For the second, I have the same issue that audreytherese has with the ground being the focus.
Third is my favorite, I love the use of the one flower in the foreground and how you're focused on the one behind.
Fourth, again with the foreground and the background.
And fifth, again seems like a typical angle.

For the cat...
your first picture doesn't seem clear. Like you had a slower shutter time and moved a little. If you can retake it to clear it up, I like that one.
The second picture seems too sterile for the subject matter. When I think of those lucky cats, I think of them being in a busy place, not a white background.

Hope that helps.

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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2009 01:01:17 PM »

Are you applying to Waterloo University in Ontario?

Yessss. I'm so psyched about it. I've applied to architecture but if I don't get in I guess I'll be in Urban Planning. Which is meh, but I can always reapply next year.

Thanks everyone for your comments. They're really helpful; feel free to keep 'em coming. Smiley
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