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  • #38217

    blessings captured
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    How can I get creative with spring flowers. I tend to get into a rut of only using the rules of thirds. Consequently, my picture all start it to look the same.

    Here are some that I’ve taken this week. What do you think? Composition, editing, anything!
    Thanks!

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    #38221

    blessings captured
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    Oh, and here’s the image specs:

    Nikon D3400

    #1
    70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G lens
    ISO 100, f/4.8, 1/320sec, 120mm
    #2
    70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G lens
    ISO 100, f/11, 1/320sec, 125mm
    #3
    VR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G lens
    ISO 400, f/5.3, 1/60, 48mm

    #38337

    Lydia Bennett
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    Hi @blessingscaptured – I totally understand where you’re coming from here! I get in ruts too. 😉

    Thoughts in general:
    – I notice that you’ve got similar lighting in these three photos, so perhaps try shooting at different types of day. Golden hour in the morning I love the combo of backlight and dew!
    – If your pictures are always looking the same I think it means that you’re looking at the flowers the same as always. Try to see them in a new way, appreciate a new aspect of them, and capture that with a new angle or zoom in a way you haven’t necessarily done before. A phrase James once said was “Anglify to amplify” and that often tosses around in my head when I’m trying to get creative.
    – In editing, you could maybe experiment with B&W, or B&W & color combined. I myself haven’t done a whole lot in this area, but I’ve seen it done tastefully, and I’ll probably be experimenting a bit with that some point soon.

    Of these three photos, I like the third the most. It’s nice and simple. 🙂 The second photo has beautiful vibrant colors, but all the branches and flowers are going all over the place and it looks a bit haphazard. Also there are some out-of-focus flowers sticking out in front of the flowers that are in focus, so it’s a little bit confusing for the eye to figure out what all is going on.

    I’m looking forward to capturing spring flowers again, too! They’re just starting to peek out of the ground here in CT!

    #38454

    blessings captured
    Participant

    Thank you Lydia for the Great tips!

    The tip that I’m going to try to apply tonight is getting some flowers at golden hour. It should be fun!

    Spring was a tad slow this year for us. But just this weekend everything burst out.

    (Genesis 8:22) “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
    Praise the Lord for His goodness!

    #38456

    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    Fun! Hope you get some nice pictures! The other thing I did last year when I wanted dewdrops on flowers but I didn’t make it out early enough during the day was to simply spray them with a spray bottle of water. If you do it right (or should I say, “dew” it right? 😀 ) it looks perfectly natural. 🙂

    Amen, the Lord surely is good! He is faithful in every season of the year, and every season of life!

    #38513

    blessings captured
    Participant

    I’ve used the spray bottle trick before to. 🙂 But thanks for reminding me!

    Everything outside is so pretty right now!

    #38684

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    It looks like @bennett-family covered it pretty well, but maybe I’ll take a look at these on the webinar tonight if I have time! https://www.lenspiration.com/photo-critique-with-lenspiration-apr-16/

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    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Ok @blessingscaptured, I gave my two cents about your photos on the webinar last night! https://www.lenspiration.com/video/webinar041619/

    #38841

    blessings captured
    Participant

    Thank you @jamesstaddon for going over my pictures!

    I like what you said about learning new “rules” of composition. Do you have any suggestions? Leading lines, framing, what else?

    Do you think this picture works with framing? I was shooting through red buds. I tryed to get the red buds to be all the way around, but this was the best that I could do.

    70-300mm
    ISO 800
    300mm
    f/11
    1/320sec

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