Sandra Irwin  

Orchids by Sandra Irwin

October 2019 - Orchids

About the Image(s)

I took this at ISO 10,000, 100 mm, F/32 and 1/100 sec.

I touched it up just a bit in LR - crop, exposure, texture.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Sandra this is so beautiful!
Very sharp, composition has a nice flow to it, background compliments the orchid.
I especially like the way I am drawn up to the two blossoms on the top left side and the little bud at the top. My suggestion - spot the 2 tiny white specks (one at the top and the other one on the right side)-they are hardly noticeable but could go. Perhaps you could do a slight crop down the lefthand side to center the orchid a bit more. You did a really great job!
  Posted: 10/07/2019 18:13:36

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
(Groups 64 & 95)
Very nice, I agree with most of Janet's comments.
The high ISO is apparent in the texture shown. I guess you set that to get the very small aperture for depth of field. You could have gone for a slower shutter speed if you'd had a tripod and then not needed so high an iso.
I would crop the right hand side a little! The reason - the stem lead-in is nice, and a right crop (not too much, it needs some space) would put the flowers off centre overall, which I find more pleasing in this case.   Posted: 10/15/2019 07:55:02

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
(Groups 53 & 86 & 95)
This is a wonderful subject captured very well. As mentioned by Stuart, your extreme ISO has made the image a bit noisy - not too bad online, but very noticeable when I study this offline at full size. As he said, you'd be much better off using a tripod and keeping the ISO much lower. I pretty much have to use a tripod for most of my macro work because of my somewhat shakey hands.

The composition is fairly strong with a nice leading line from left bottom to right top without sending the viewer out that corner. I can't agree about cropping on the right as I feel it crowds things too much, especially with all the open space to the left. Cropping a bit from the left makes more sense, not because it centralizes the subject but more for the symmetry of the empty space on each side:   Posted: 10/15/2019 16:43:53
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Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Here's a question for the group: What do you think of the rule of thirds? To me it seems a bit extreme, but I will confess it entered my head when I cropped here.   Posted: 10/20/2019 15:56:03

Dick States   Dick States
I agree with everything the others have said. I am a big believer in using a tripod for the reasons the others have said. Great composition with a nice diagonal. Image is sharp with nice color.   Posted: 10/20/2019 15:33:00

Dick States   Dick States
This is a reply to the question Sandra asked.
It's called a rule but I would rather call it a guide to composition, but it's important. The rule is one of the most useful composition techniques in art. The result will allow you to produce an image that is more balanced and dynamic when you view an image. It's sometimes called the golden ratio in the art world. The golden ratio is found in nature with many plants. If you look at a rose flower from the top you will probably see the golden ratio. The golden ratio or rule of thirds creates compositions that are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. In other words this works. You will score better every time. Good question   Posted: 10/20/2019 16:22:18

Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Good Sandra, colors, light and composition are difficult for me to have improved, but Tom find a better cropping and in fact resulted more attractive.
  Posted: 10/24/2019 19:01:54