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    So I wanted to get a photo or two of flowers printed and framed to help decorate my house. I want to take down the dated stuff on my walls. I'm trying to make more of an effort to photograph flowers. Sure wish I had a macro lens. Oh, well. Anyhow, I took these last week. I wish I had more time to properly compose them, but we were about to hike with the kids (my 4 and another pair of boys) and everyone was impatient. I used the Orton action to process these, which really made them look so much nicer than SOOC. But I'm not sure any of them are fit to print. What do you think of them?

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    Exposure 0.002 sec (1/500)
    Aperture f/3.2
    Focal Length 28 mm
    ISO Speed 100
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    Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250)
    Aperture f/4.5
    Focal Length 28 mm
    ISO Speed 100
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    Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
    Aperture f/3.5
    Focal Length 28 mm
    ISO Speed 100
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    The flowers are really pretty, but none of these really strike me as wall worthy (sorry). I think I would be looking for a much tighter crop on these.
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    yeah, I didn't think they were wall worthy, but was wondering if they were decent at all. I did crop, but I wanted to keep the building (as I like the white and lines) in it.
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    They are great, but I don't think wall worthy either. How big are you looking to make them? That would make a difference. I think the top two would look great if both flowers were in focus.

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    Gwen, they sure are pretty, I am envisioning them as a set in a white frame for a desk or shelf....they're a tad dark but maybe it's my monitor. I think they look very soothing.

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    Pretty flowers, Gwen. What kind are they? They look so dainty. I like the contrast of that soft pink next to the vibrant green.

    Did you apply some kind of action or filter to them? They kinda look like they've had Pioneer Woman's 'Lovely & Etherial' action applied to them. It's one of my favorite actions, but I don't think it works here very well if that is the case.

    #1 looks under exposed and could probably use a smaller aperture so that both sets of blooms are in focus.

    #2. exposure looks better here. The tighter ap and slower shutter speed seems to have made a big difference. The only distraction in this shot (for me) is the hole in the fence. That dark square keeps drawing my eye. I didn't notice it in #1 very much at all, but I think the smaller ap brings it into more focus (a draw back).

    #3. this is my favorite of the set!!! I really love this one! I love how the blooms are framed on the left by the leaves and on the right by the fence. It has a very balanced feel to it. both focus and exposure seem better here too. Something between #1 and #2. I'd love to have a print of this on my desk.

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    I used the Orton action from coffeeteaphotography.blogspot.com/ - it's more intense than PW's lovely action. and you're right, the ap was too open in the first one, but it worked more for the second when I was trying to get a little bokeh in the background (which I was rushed and didn't get to really try for). No idea what kind of flowers they are, I suck at such things. just thought they were pretty. oh, and I know about that stupid hole in the wall. no idea what that was about, and I don't think I even noticed it at the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maricopamom3 View Post
    The flowers are really pretty, but none of these really strike me as wall worthy (sorry). I think I would be looking for a much tighter crop on these.
    I must agree with this CC. The fence in the background just doesn't work unless they were blurred out completely. I would like to see a better DOF.

    Could you maybe apply some type of texture? Also, you do not have to have macro lens to take pictures of flowers. I took these with my nifty 50.

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    I agree with others, lovely photos, but not something 'I' would mount. I think it's that there is too much distraction in 1 and 2, with the stems, vines, and leaves. I do like #3, though! It looks slightly under exposed/dark on this monitor. I would have opened the ap up a bit more to blur that cluster of leaves next to the fence/wall because they are slightly distracting.
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