View Full Version : Bulbous Spherus

09-24-2008, 09:44 AM
Hi all,

Until recently I rarely shot anything that didn't have a face and a mother...but I'm trying my hand at many different styles these days...mainly due to all the inspiration I'm seeing round here so...Thanks!

This was shot at Butchart gardens in Victoria B.C. F 7.1 1/30 ISO 1000
I could have whacked my head into a rock for not bringing a tripod with me...but we do the best we can with what we have onhand.

anywhoooooo...what do you think of this?
Many thanks - Marko

09-24-2008, 10:09 AM
I really like this. I just have one thing that bothers me. The other flowers in the back keep pulling my attention off the flower when I am trying to look at details of the in-focus flower.

ISO 1000?

09-24-2008, 10:09 AM
Looks great!!!

Looks a bit desaturated but better than beating it death and having the colours bleed out every where....

I would love to try shooting this as an exercise... the goal would be to fill the tiny crevices with light... I bet that would be tuff...

Considering your circumstances this shot is great.... can't even tell (on my work monitor) any sign of high ISO...

09-24-2008, 10:25 AM
Thanks for the comments! I actually darkened some of those background flowers...maybe i need to go a bit darker.
Yup ISO 1000 - the light was fading fast and I wanted a bit of DOF and the shutter was 1/30 handheld. Had I had a tripod I would likely have shot this at ISO 400 and not cared about the shutterspeed.

09-24-2008, 10:28 AM
Dude, love the shot.
I might have centred the in-focus flower bulb a little lower in the shot...but that's being a bit picky...love the foreground/background subject balance and the colours!
Again, awesome shot dude!


09-24-2008, 07:42 PM
A great centre of interest, but the three flowers in the background need to contribute to the effectiveness of the overall shot. They create a diagonal which is good, but the diagonal does NOT lead toward the centre of interest.
I would be inclined to clone out the distracting background flower closest to the centre of interest.


09-25-2008, 12:57 AM
I agree with the comments about the LH side and the other flowers not contributing a great deal to the image. One thing you might try is a circular crop. It's rare that you get an almost perfectly circular subject, and when I played around with a couple of pieces of paper, I could see potential. Crop as wide around the main bloom as you can, and mount that with a matching complimentary coloured matte and I think you'd have a really unique image.

09-25-2008, 01:20 AM
Thanks for the comments and I agree...distractions.
Very interesting suggestion TI with the circular mat thing.
I like this image as well so I'll likely redo it.


09-25-2008, 09:45 PM
2nd try - comments?

09-28-2008, 09:09 PM
I think this image is lovely. Thanks for trying something new!

09-28-2008, 11:35 PM
what a neat flower - looks like a chinese paper lantern or something!
the 2nd one takes the cake for me. now with only 2 flowers in the background, it looks much better...