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    Thanks for setting this topic Peter as I love photographing flowers but rarely do much with them. The 3 images attached were taken at Bodnant Garden a few years ago in spring. We went to photograph the Laburnum Arch which was blooming beautifully but I didn’t get a shot I was happy with. I now realise that I didn’t get the depth of field right. While wandering around the gardens I was drawn to the shadows from a big old tree and while trying to compose a shot, an elderly lady strolled into view and for me this made the shot. It was rather wishy washy so I’ve had a play in Curves but think it might be a bit contrasty and a bit pink. The water on the rose is natural as we had a shower of rain and I like the tulips because they seem to mimic the elegant bench – or is it the other way around? Apologies for not getting these in sooner!

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    #14076
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    Me too! I love this first shot – her obvious confidence in front of the camera. I like the other two but for me the flowers covering part of her chin just get in the way of her fantastic face and poise. Thanks for the tech info re flash!!

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    Andy close up

     

    #14031
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    Andy portrait

     

    #14030
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    Here goes with bigger files and I will click on the right icon this time rather than insert file.Andy full length

    #14019
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    I often take several shots and make my mind up later which I like the best, especially when taking a posed portrait. Here are 3 shots of Andy dressed as a German soldier. He has seen them via Crewe Flickr and says he likes them a lot so I’m happy.

    Gosh having uploaded them as low level (1) jpg they look awful!

    #14015
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    Hi Peter,

    I like the last one of the boy with the gun because of his eyes and the way you are looking down the barrel of the gun straight into him. The difficult thing about deciding which angle to take this shot from was the hand which needs to be there but not covering his face too much. I think you cracked it!

    I can’t make my mind up about “Mary Queen of Scots”. I think the top two are best as you get the sense that she is praying before her impending death. The first one shows a soft side that might be asking for forgiveness while the second one shows her defiant to the end. Although I find the stare a bit exaggerated I think I prefer the defiant Mary.

    Regards Kath

    #13929
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    I really like the barber’s (or hairdresser’s) shop the way the light falls on the chairs with the two easy chairs looking on. Also like the image of the flowers cascading and the inside of Chester Cathedral. My favourite is the girls going through the revolving door captured at just the right moment – I like the contrast between the smartly dressed girl who looks like a serious shopper and the girl in jeans whose probably just been browsing. Just noticed the guy across the street looking at them. I definitely think light/shadows have more impact in mono shots.

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    #13908
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    Here are some shots I took some time ago all because of the shadows and it’s nice to find a use for them. I’m afraid I posted them via Choose File hence the three small images but if you click on them they go to full size on a black screen. Sorry to mess things up!

    Kath

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    #13438
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    Thanks for your comments Peter and I agree with all of them. The indoor shots were taken without flash as I wanted as natural an effect as possible. I probably should have used a tripod but tend to only do this when I really have to (being a bit lazy and not wanting to “miss the moment”). I had to use a tripod for the outside church shot as the natural light was all but gone. I used Lightroom to remove the noise but perhaps didn’t go far enough. The last pic was all about trying to convey the remoteness and “out of bounds” feeling of the old house on a cold winter’s day.

    I like your themes because it gives me a chance to show some of my pictures outside the confines of competition and to get some feedback.

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    Winter Cottage

     

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