Critiques Welcome - Dahlias

I'm so very happy that I've finally taken some photos that don't have my son in them, lol!


I went to see a dahlia show last weekend.  I found out by chance - I was at starbcuks waiting for my saturday morning coffee, and I saw a beautiful dahlia photo which caught my attention.  I LOVE Dahlia, but I've killed 1 dahlia and am killing the 2nd one, so I was very excited when I saw that the dahlia society is having a show right where I was.


All photos were shot by the canon 50mm f2.8 macro lens, on T2i.


1


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2


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3


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4. Is this too dark?


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4a This almost looks like a painting -


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The following are with more post processing, let me know if they work or not!


5


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6 back of the flowers


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7. This is too dark, right? I need to increase the exposure tonight. I like how cute the little ones are.  Do you see the cuteness that I see?


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8 dual toned B/W


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Posted on August 24, 2011 at 9:49 am
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as4968
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I love EVERY. SINGLE. ONE!!! Especially #2 - for some reason, that one completely stands out to me :)

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 10:01 am
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I love #2 also.  I would presonally prefer #5 a little brighter.  Great job :)

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 10:04 am
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That's funny, I was going to delete #2 but didn't want to change all the numbers after it, so I kept it.


Hmm, maybe I should go through the rejected pile again lol!

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 10:48 am
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2 is my favourite. I don't think 4 is too dark at all. I like 4a, but the chairs in the background just don't do it for me. But I guess that's just where the flowers were and you couldn't exactely move them. And in my personal opinion, I think 5 is missing something. I don't know what, maybe I think it's a little too white. Maybe contrast? Or maybe a little more of the pink? No wait, I think it's because it's a white picture on a white background and if it's seen on a darker background I'd probably feel different about it.


BTW, I didn't mean to say what you should change about 5, I was just trying to put my finger on what it was that made me feel that way.


 

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm
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Thank you all for your feedbacks!  I really appreciate them and would love to see more!


#5, I was going for the low contrast, faded, quiet, romantic look.  I don't know if this style is not everyone's cup of tea, or I failed to deliver the message.  Or perhaps this composition and style is more suited as a background for something else, like a ring.


If it's not the problem of the composition or the subject, I wonder if I simply went overboard with the flat contrast.  Is this better?  I darkened the shadows, and neutralized the yellow tone a little. 


Thank you all for photo 3108703-1


 

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 11:14 pm
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Wow these are great I have to agree I love #2!

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 2:04 am
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I like the new version much more.


I also do think you achieved exactely what you set out to do with your original version. And I also do think something like that would make for a very pretty background.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm
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Just gorgeous!!! Love them all!

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 2:40 am
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I'm a huge fan of this one. . .


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It's something I want to display, 3 of them right in a column, unframed. . .just simple and beautiful


I prefer the old version of #5, the yellow is soothing to me :)


Love how sharp you got #1 and #2! ! ! ! 

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 4:35 am
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I LOVE THESE PICS- especially all the closeups!!  I would blow them up, frame them, and hang them on my wall!!! :)

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 3:56 am
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These are gorgeous!!! I would check the white balance on the ones you think might be too dark.


I'd hang the first 4 on my wall. I love the closeup macro shots! 


Posted on August 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm

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