Red Bird of Paradise Flower Bloom-----Tucson, AZ

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Title     Red Bird of Paradise Flower Bloom-----Tucson, AZ
Photographer     1canonman/Bruce (12,380) Send mail to this user
Portfolio     Flowers, Roses, etc.
F-stop     f/6.3
Shutter speed     1/125 sec
Category     Flowers and Plant Life
Lens     Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8 L II USM @ 70mm
Camera     Canon eos 60d
Format     Canon RAW
Film     ISO 500
Content advisory     G (general audiences)
Submitted     July 18, 2013 9:21:59 AM CDT
Views     347
Rating     5 Thumb-up

I posted an image of the yellow flowered "Desert Bird of Paradise" several days ago------this is its "cousin", the "Red Bird of Paradise"-----both from a bush/shrub like desert plant, both very draught resistant. Tucson, AZ


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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from fjgaude/Frank (6,205) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2013 10:53:14 AM CDT (1) Early critique

Another really good one, Bruce! Just a little more space around the flower would make it 3TUs. The DOF is good enough for the feel that is being presented. Thanks for showing it and keep up the good work.

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From 1canonman/Bruce (12,380) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2013 7:34:25 PM CDT

Thank you for the critique and thumbs, Frank. Yes, I used a tight crop to take out a distracting element-----more space would have been nice. Thanks again. Bruce


Thumb-up    from bartbonk/Bill (25,336) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2013 10:26:21 AM CDT (1) Early critique

I like seeing the flower and would love to have one in our garden. I wonder if the stamen group moved in the wind? If so, a shutter speed of 1/2000 might have saved the day. You might choose a higher ISO to allow the f6.3 aperture and a faster shutter speed. I feel that the out of focus stamen group is unfortunate. Regards. Bill

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From 1canonman/Bruce (12,380) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2013 7:41:11 PM CDT

Yup----there was a little pre-monsoon like wind kicking around when I took this and while I had kicked up the ISO, I did so insufficiently as you point out. Yes, the oof stamen was my one disappointment also. Thanks for the critique and the thumb-----both are appreciated. Bruce


Thumb-up Thumb-up    from lowell374/John (278) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2013 10:20:36 AM CDT (1) Early critique

Hello Bruce,

After looking at all your flower images I will opine that you're well on your way to understanding how to create such images. However, your previous "Bird of Paradise" image was better in at least one respect. I find, having taken many flower pix, that sometimes just a small change of POV makes a nice improvement. I feel that if you had moved just a little camera left you could have achieved more seperation between the buds and the flower. To me the lack of seperation is annowying. I understand the minimal DOF, but the photographer is always in controll of their image. You need more DOF so the OOF front of the flower is put in focus. This could have been achieved via several methods. One would have been to move futher back from the flower and then cropped. I see you took the image a f6.3, maybe f11 or 16 would have been better and then a little extra sharpening in post. Always a balanceing act between foreground and background. A least with digital you can make several attempts. I know I always have to since I can't just take one shot and then adjust once in order to get the best image. Thanks for putting up with my ramble. Have fun.

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From 1canonman/Bruce (12,380) Send mail to this user on July 18, 2013 7:44:14 PM CDT

John----Ahhhh, the learning is the fun part----or at least a portion of it. Yes, I am constantly amazed at the subtle differences in presentation that a subtle change in settings or camera position can make. Thank you for your critique and thumbs, John Bruce



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