As a way of introducing myself a Cactus Flower

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  • #394035

    Stephen Campbell
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    I have had a camera in my hands since I was 8 years old. So, I have been looking through a variety of viewfinders for nearly 69 years. A bit over four years ago I was invited to enroll in a 3 year professional photography program at Peru's leading photography school. I completed a year and a half when I realized that there are other things far more important in my life (traveling and grandchildren) that being a full time student was depriving me of. Nonetheless, it reignited my passion.

    I now spend 70-80% of time photographing or working in the digital darkroom. In addition to my I-Phone IĀ  don't leave home without my Lumix ZS70.

    Awakened two mornings ago to this beauty. Created with Sony AR and 24-70mm at f:3.5.

    Cactus FlowerComments and critiques always welcome.

  • #394036

    Rob Eyers
    Participant

    Good to have you on board Stephen. A lovely introductory image as well.

    • #394056

      Lincoln
      Participant

      Pin sharp, great Bokeo,wrong position in the frame ;(

      This image, I believe needs to be flipped 180 deg to put the flower in the top RH corner.

      We (in the West) read top to bottom and left to right which means your eye naturally moves across the empty space beside the flower, to the heart of the subject.Ā  Not as is shown, going straight to the subject and moving across into the space beside it.

      Not a hard and fast rule, but does apply in general, as in any subjective topic!

  • #394087

    Federico Alegria
    Participant

    This really looks good Stephen, thanks for sharing and welcome to your place!

  • #394096

    Tom M
    Participant

    As Lincoln said, this is tack sharp,great bokeH, and tremendous rendition to B&W. Makes me wonder what the color version looks like…

     

    • This reply was modified 2 weeks ago by  Tom M.
  • #394102

    Dahlia Ambrose
    Keymaster

    @fotografodeparque Hi Stephen, welcome to the forums and good to have you here. That's a beautiful image of the cactus flower.

    In terms of critique, the rim of the pot seems to be a bit distractive, maybe slightly darken it. Also, would like to see more space around the flower – top and left side.

    If you are looking for constructive critiques on your images, please post them in the shark tank forum where more members can see and comment – link below.

    The Shark Tank

    Look forward to seeing more of your works šŸ™‚

  • #394142

    JasenkaG
    Keymaster

    Hello Stephen, that's a beautiful B&W image, thanks for sharing it with us šŸ™‚

    Welcome to Light Stalking – we're looking forward to seeing more of your work!

  • #395379

    Stephen Campbell
    Participant

    Thanks to each of you for your comments and constructive criticism. Lincoln your comment about flipping it is so spot on. When you have your head down you don't think of the obvious.

    I am attaching the revised version. of the BW incorporating the critiques made.Cactus Flower BW incorporating Critiques

  • #395380

    Stephen Campbell
    Participant

    Here is the original in color of the Cactus Flower with the critique comments incorporated.Cactus Flower in Color with Critiques Incorporated

    • #395442

      Dahlia Ambrose
      Keymaster

      I love this version Stephen. The subtle colours and the mood in the image are perfect in my opinion šŸ™‚

  • #396017

    Tom M
    Participant

    Both versions are excellent. Hard to pick one over the other. Hope to more from you…

     

  • #396030

    Stephen Campbell
    Participant

    Thank you Tom. I just posted my first image to The Shark Tank…grateful for comments and critique.

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