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Aug 19, 2012, 10:06:36 PM
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Signs of Wear by yangosplat Signs of Wear by yangosplat
My entry for #FeedbackFrenzy's Before and After contest (if you couldn't tell by the categorization). Before image here [link]

The sun was drying out the edges of this rose - similar to aging, in a way...

I changed this photo by making the aperture smaller to increase sharpness and did a bit of post-editing in Photoshop to increase contrast and remove imperfections.

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My reply for the Monthly Photography Critique Thread.

I agree with Kaz-D's and ManualFocusPhoto's reponse about this not being the typical rose being photographed. I love the dry-looking texture of the decaying edges of the rose, even though, having raised roses, I know the decaying edges don't actually get dry unless you are trying to dry out the flower.

I also love the focus of the shot fading before the rose is out of the shot. It gives the piece an almost warm, fuzzy feel - even if it shouldn't have one. Overall, I adore this piece, both the color of the rose as well as the fade to fuzzy.

Good job :D
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Kaz-D Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Critique provided from the Monthly Photography Critique Thread.
I like how unique this is, it's not often you see a close up of a flower in the process of decay. Usually they are captured in vibrancy and full bloom. I like that you've gone for a different stage of it's life and shown us up close, how it looks. Your background is nice, subtle colouring compliments the flower well, it's a tiny bit noisy, but I do have a large screen so might pick that up easier than others. Great work
yangosplat Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much!

I was on somewhat unstable soil and wanted to make the shutter speed shorter, which with my chosen aperture meant a higher ISO. I ended up deciding against post-processing noise reduction because I was already dangerously close to losing too much detail. Thank you for the feedback though :)
Delahkel Oct 31, 2012  Student Photographer
It's quite interesting. Macro flower shots are a dime a dozen, everyone and their mother have done them. However, this one stands out, it's not your typical photo of a ripe rose, but shows how even a dry or old rose can still be beautiful.
However, DoF is still a bit too shallow even at f/14...have you considered using focus stacking?
yangosplat Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not very good at postprocessing at all - it would probably take me several tries to get anything close to good doing focus stacking. But getting better with Photoshop is one of my goals, and I'll keep that in mind for future photos. Thank you :)
Delahkel Nov 1, 2012  Student Photographer
Well, PP is a huge part of photography, but I know what you mean about being bad with Photoshop, lol. Focus stacking is pretty automated though, you just need to take photos with overlapping focus points.
This is the tutorial I used to learn this technique [link] hope you'll find it useful as I did :)
yangosplat Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the link :) I may try that sometimes with another picture.
Delahkel Nov 2, 2012  Student Photographer
Cool, can't wait to see how it'd turn out :)
namenotrequired Sep 16, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Congrats on your place in the contest! I featured this on #communityrelations in What's Going On?? :)
yangosplat Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! :D
namenotrequired Sep 16, 2012  Student Interface Designer
You're very welcome :happybounce: please enjoy!
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