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    Ian TenHaken
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    Some crocuses in our front yard recently popped up. Though I had to clear a lot of unwanted twigs and sticks, I thought it turned out pretty good. The first picture is the original, and the second was edited with vignette. I was wondering if the color looks right, maybe I should make the green pop out more, or the purple on the flower to keep the focus on the bud.

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    John Machen
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    Hi @ian!
    I like the composition and the way you filled the frame with this shot! Great job on that.
    I noticed that the crocus flowers in the foreground were just a little out of focus and also “overblown”. So I ran it through Lightroom and did some basic editing and fixed the highlights, and it looks better. What kind of camera were you using?

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    Ian TenHaken
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    I use a Nikon Coolpix L100 point and shoot camera, so that may be why. Sorry, I don’t really have a good camera.

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    Lydia Bennett
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    Hi @ian! Just a couple quick thoughts I had…

    – I appreciate the fact that you mentioned that you took the time to clear unwanted twigs and sticks. That is SO important! So often it’s the little time spent now that saves lots of time later.
    – I think a little more vibrant color and contrast would be good in editing. Perhaps tweak the highlights, as John mentioned, and also pull out the shadows more.
    – In composing the shot, it may have been good to re-adjust your angle so as to either include the flowers in the background more, or go the other way and exclude them altogether. As is, I think they distract a little bit from the main subject, and don’t quite give a feeling of intentional placement.
    – Lastly, you mentioned not having a great camera. Although yes, better cameras can produce better quality photos, alot of what makes great pictures has much to do with the person behind the camera – how we as photographers set up our shots, what we photograph, etc. So don’t put yourself down for not having the best camera in the world! Be faithful in doing your best with what you have, and as God provides and leads, you can upgrade at some point if that’s the direction you want to go. 🙂

    I love crocuses! One of the first signs of spring for me! 🙂

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