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Handkerchief tree: opinions sought

Discussion in 'Nature' started by jamespetts, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    I have taken some photographs of a handkerchief tree in a local park for a photographic competition run by the people who maintain the park. The competition permits up to three entries, which must be printed and framed. I have narrowed the photographs that I took down to 9 possible entries, and should be very grateful for people's opinions on which three of the following photographs that people prefer. Likewise, any tips on how to improve the post-processing would be welcome (these were all taken in raw).

    All were taken with my Olympus E-P3 and either the Olympus 60mm f/2.8 macro lens, the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens or the Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye.


    Handkerchief tree by James E. Petts, on Flickr


    Handkerchief tree by James E. Petts, on Flickr


    Handkerchief tree by James E. Petts, on Flickr


    Handkerchief tree by James E. Petts, on Flickr


    Handkerchief tree by James E. Petts, on Flickr


    Handkerchief tree by James E. Petts, on Flickr


    Handkerchief tree by James E. Petts, on Flickr


    Handkerchief tree by James E. Petts, on Flickr


    Handkerchief tree by James E. Petts, on Flickr
     
  2. Capt T

    Capt T Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 8, 2010
    2, 5, and 6 are my choices.

    2, like the overall feel. Might want to tone down the bright spots in the bokeh, to not have the eye drawn there as much....but not too much, just a little. Just a thought.

    5 like the composition and showing the path in the park. Since it is for the park, it is a nice compromise between your main subject and the environment it is in.

    6 just like the shot.

    Good luck.
     
  3. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    2. Definitely 2.
     
  4. bredman

    bredman Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 30, 2013
    Sherwood Forest
    Pete
    Huh. Pretty much what Tam ^^ said. :)
     
  5. Joltinjess

    Joltinjess Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 6, 2013
    Port Moody, BC
    Jesse
    2,5 and 8 for me. Although I might crop 8 a bit to put the bright spot off center.
     
  6. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    IMHO I'd jury these in their order. I have indicated with red circles in the corners individual elements, which be removed with PP. You don't want petty distractions to move the eye from the subject or cause the viewer to wonder why it is there.
    Over all, I would recommend using a smaller aperture for greater DOF. Here it's essential that your subject, an individual flower (not just a part), be in full focused. This stills you plenty of room for background dissolve in bokeh.

    Good luck.

    -Chrome

    Rubber stamp indicted areas at upper R+L and lower L

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/95688968@N02/8973650841/" title="Handkerchief tree by James E. Petts by FotoCrit, on Flickr">"450" height="338" alt="Handkerchief tree by James E. Petts"></a>

    Rubber stamp indicted areas at upper R
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/95688968@N02/8974843002/" title="Handkerchief tree by James E. Petts b by FotoCrit, on Flickr">"600" height="450" alt="Handkerchief tree by James E. Petts b"></a>
     
  7. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sam
    2, 8, 9 is my vote

    I think 9 could look great with some PP. Get rid of the blue and purple/red OOF spots, and maybe add some vignetting and lift the shadow on the anthers (?)
     
  8. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 10, 2012
    Athens Greece
    Takis
    Beautiful set!
     
  9. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
    5 and 8 are the two that really jumped out at me on this set. 2 would be my third choice for an entry.
     
  10. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    2,5 and 6. Beautiful work!
     
  11. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    Thank you all very much for your feedback - much appreciated!
     
  12. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    2 & 8 for me, although why the hell didn't you number them on your post?
     
  13. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    Yes, thought of that afterwards: was a bit daft.
     
  14. DanSullivan

    DanSullivan Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 21, 2010
    Colorado
    Dan Sullivan
    5 - love the breaking wavelike shape and how the base of it connects with the path
    2
    8
     
  15. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  16. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sam
    Congrats!! What was the prize? :)
     
  17. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 21, 2011
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  18. DanSullivan

    DanSullivan Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 21, 2010
    Colorado
    Dan Sullivan
    Congratulations! Thanks for following up and letting us know how it went!
     
  19. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    Having just visited the exhibition, it seems that there was a slight confusion about the names: the one that I thought had won was in fact "commended", and the one that I thought was "commended" (the lower picture above) had won.