Critique of .purple. by kei-blossom

Greetings, this is is TazzyDee on behalf of Critique-It, offering up my two cents to your critique request.

I'll begin by saying although the image appears somewhat 'flat' (washed-out, without much vividness) that is a factor i rather enjoy. It reminds me of old-school film photography rather than digital; and
totally untouched with post-process programs. It's subtle, peaceful, and honest. Reminiscent of the beautiful beginnings of photo-exploration,when people used it simply to capture a moment as they saw it, just as it was, as a keepsake. One of the many joys of the phenomenon of photography.

A few pointers though, if what you are trying to acheive is the aforementioned 'wow' factor.

First observation: the light of the day is unfortunately not the best. Overcast and dull, not bright or direct enough to make the image "pop". Light is absolutely key to photography; get that down and you can make a great image of virtually anything.You could try using post-processing programs like Photoshop to add contrast and alter curves (highlight/shadow), but it's also a great idea to go out and keep perfecting your image in-camera.

Next is the framing and points of focus. Always move around your subject whilst looking through the viewfinder to find the most interesting framing options. (The viewfinder can also be substituted for your fingers positioned into a square/rectangular shape if you want to keep your camera positioned on a tripod). You could have gotten in much closer to show the tiny details, or moved back a step to include the very tip of the centre flower, which has been cut off. Also consider your angles. Why photograph it from straight-on? Try it from above, below, just a step to the right or left. Also remember the extreme power that focal choices and depth of field carry. By using a higher aperture (closing the lens down) you would have acheived much greater depth, and sense of realistic vision (how the eye sees).

The out of focus branch veering out of frame on the right pulls my attention from the backround, which i assume to be the main point of focus? And as i touched on: TRIPOD. Even the tightest point of focus is blurred and soft; i can't really see any supersharp detail, which i'd say is one of the greatest fascinations of flower photography. The less light you have or the lower the shutterspeed; the more blur, and the more essential a steady hand. I expect you had to use a slow ss and a wide aperture? Go back on a brighter day, with a tripod, and have a play. See what happens.

Incidently, we have a Wisteria tree growing quite unplanted (to the best of my knowledge) in our back garden.It's like a towering giant warding off evil doers :)

A great beginning to your adventure of photography. Keep snapping.

Kind regards,

TazzyDee
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