© Jane Paradis


Uploaded: March 16, 2008


Taken in natural light, with tripod.

Exif: F Number: 13, Exposure Bias Value: -0.50, ExposureTime: 4/1 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 28.00 mm, Model: PENTAX K100D


Aimee C. Eisaman March 17, 2008

I like your offcenter approach to this shot Jane. The colors are lovely and the title is good. The light seems a bit too harsh. Maybe too close to the window? Or next time use something to diffuse the light if it is too harsh. Ie: a thin sheet. The composition seems a bit off as well.....maybe too much darkness. This shot is 50/50 and that doesn't fit well with the rule of thirds. Keep at it have great ideas! #879825

Aimee C. Eisaman March 17, 2008

I decided to go to your gallery and see what else you have in the way of flowers and "wow" you have some great shots! Maybe I'm wrong about this one....wouldn't be the first time. I'm anxious to see what others think. #5655095

Jennifer L. Alder March 17, 2008

I love the textured BG and light coming in from the left here, Jane. I would love to see it with a little closer crop as I feel the negative space (in this case) is where my eyes stay most of the time. Lovely tulips, however! :) #5655390

Jane Paradis March 18, 2008

Thanks again Aimee and Jennifer! I was trying to make use of negative space, but it really is more 50/50. And I think I tweaked the levels a bit to make the background darker and that might have made the red too bright...I appreciate the comments! #5656505

Aimee C. Eisaman March 18, 2008

O no Jane....I like the bright colors! My only issue is with the negative space and that one leaf closest to the left edge has so much light on is kinda washed out. Just selecting that part of the leave in PS and lowering the levels just a tad with a levels layer should do the trick. Also have you thought about doing a square crop with this? I'll show you an example on your thumbnail so you know what I'm talking about. #5657404

Jane Paradis March 18, 2008

Hi Aimee - I like the square crop - I was thinking just a plain vertical but I almost like the square better - I'll try that when I get home :) thanks! #5657627

Teresa Norris March 18, 2008

This is really the tulips against the black. It makes me want to try it. I like the idea of a little different crop, too, Jane. I like the negative space, maybe just less on this one. I might also try it with the one single bloom It might have more impact without the bottom one there. I'd try several different angles, too. Vertical with the tulip dead on the third, with negative space either right or left, maybe? I can't wait to see what you come up with! #5658391

Jane Paradis March 18, 2008

Thanks Teresa! I get so hesitant about cropping too much and losing image quality...but I'm going to give some of those a try and see what happens! Thank you for the suggestions! BTW, I love your piano and flower composition - that is one I would like to try as well :) #5659311

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