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« on: August 25, 2006 07:49:07 AM »

Hey there.  I would love your thoughts on these 2 pics.  I am just trying to improve my photography and would love your hones opinions.  Thanks for looking!! 





Just a note.  These were done with a canon s2 is   Someday I want the rebel, but only when I am sure it is worth the investment.  Smiley  Thanks
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I'm no photographer, but i love these pics ! You have really captured the drops in motion down the petals.
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2006 06:57:24 PM »

the clarity in these pictures are gorgeous, most begining photographers seem to have slightly blury pictures but these are very crisp. i do have a few suggestions however. flowers (especialy these kind it seems) are very very popular subjects of photography (especialy with begining photographers) it is important to make yours stand out, to make it look unique or else your viewer is going in glance right by it because they have seen the same (or a very simmilar) picture many times before. your second picture seems to stand out more than your first mostly because of this reason. another reason your second picture is stronger is because you have effectively used the "rule of thirds" (whether you knew it or not) basicly just think of your photograph as a 9 square grid (you know, tick-tack toe style) the strongest place to put a subject is in the crosses of 4 of those squares (slightly off center and slightly to the top or bottom of the picture) placing a subject in the center of a picture (like you have done in your first one) generaly gives it a rather plain and average quality, like something that the average person could just look out thier window and see for themself. as an artist i think it's your job to take the everday subject, like a flower, and present it in a way taht the average person may not see it. also another small suggestion i have to make these existing photographs stronger would be to increase the saturation and the contrast of the colours. it's very evident that these flowers are just bursting with colour that these photographs seem to dull out a little bit (that's normal in pictures) i would suggest taking them into photoshop or any other basic photo editing program and increasing the contrast and saturation until the colours are as bold (or even bolder) than they were in real life. other than these couple pointers i think these are great pictures and i think you have much potential! keep up the good work!
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2006 09:30:55 PM »

Thank you both for the compliments and thank you for all the awesome advice.  It is a little hard to remember all the "rules of thumb" for photography, but I know if i keep at it, I will get there.  Thank you both for taking the time to leave your thoughts!!!  Much appreciated!!!
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2006 09:44:22 PM »

gosh I looked at both and could swear i could smell them! Now if that's not suggestive photography I don't know what is!
i will say tha I agree with the points that  malificent said about the different perspective between the two. I was drawn and looked longer at your second picture than I did the first. But i swear I had never heard of the rule of thirds before. That is so interesting. So I'd like to say thank you to you for posting this and maleificent for the tips! I know i'll be looking through my viewfinder differently from now on!
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