White Orchidby: © Terry Abell
This orchid was sitting on my kitchen counter with the late afternoon light shining through it and I could not resist taking a shot.
Canon Power Shot S3 IS
Lens: Telephoto: 50-200mm
Exposure time: 1/200 ,
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This is a nice shot but could use some of the adjustments noted above to make it a great shot.
This is a nice floral shot but could use a little help, that's what I hope this critique will provide.
My "first" impression is that it feels wrong and when I analyze that feeling I come up with a couple of things, one is that it is shifted too far to the right, some say never center the subject but sometimes rules are meant to be broken. If something just does not "work" then try to figure out why and learn from that.
Use of camera,
I think that it is a little "hot" in places due to either overexposure or no post editing. The petals should have a creamy and yet translucent look to them especially in black and white. You can bring down the hilites in post editing programs without affecting the shadows to do this
A bit shallow but this is explained above and may be what you intended.
The light is a bit harsh for this type of shot, you could use a sheet or some other thing held over the light source to create a softer overall light.
The focus is a bit shallow due to the use of f2.8, you could stop down a bit more and lose some speed but use a tripod and it will not matter.It really does not look that bad though.
How to improve your photo
You could have moved the center of the flower up and to the left a bit to center it.
Use a scrim to soften the light or perhaps a reflector to even out the light and open up the shadows.
You could also sharpen it in an editing program, close ups often need sharpening due to the shallow depth of field unless you wanted the softer look, it's up to you, I also can't tell the zoom length you had used which would affect a lot of things from softness to camera shake. Good lick and look for more opportunities like this.
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