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Anita Bower
06-23-2010, 03:55 PM
Too bright?

Nikon D300, Sigma 105mm macro, f3.3 (relative), 1/125, ISO 500, tripod, manual focus and exposure, outdoors, evening. PP: PS7 & Elements 7, basic adj., used some color filters, Denoise, green vignette.

Julie Kenward
06-23-2010, 04:27 PM
This is a very cool looking plant, Anita! I am left feeling like the repeating pattern and other items in the BG are a bit overwhelming, though. I think if there were just the yellow or only the repeating blossom in the BG I'd really like this even more. As is, it feels a bit busy to me.

Allen Sparks
06-24-2010, 09:03 AM
Very interesting plant and the flower is well captured. Like Julie, I feel the BG competes too much with the subject.

Anita Bower
06-24-2010, 10:55 AM
Yes, you are right, Jules and Allen. Thanks so much!!

Dave Mills
06-24-2010, 02:05 PM
Hi Anita, The monarda can be a challenging flower to shoot. I agree with comments above that the backround is a bit busy and bright for my taste. I like the diagonal stem but feel more DOF would of helped if there wasn't so much material in the backround...

Roman Kurywczak
06-25-2010, 02:07 PM
Hi Anita,
I agree with the above advice but I found your first instict/question very intriguing.....perhaps darkening this greatly.....except the center darker area.....might minimize the BG and yet show off the flower and all the intricate petals.