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June 14, 2009

Meadow buttercup

Filed under: Doonster — doonster @ 09:44

Meadow buttercup, Swaledale, June 2009

One from the recent workshop, my first ever proper macro attempt.



  1. the one thing I find really helps flower macros is paying a lot of attention to the background and background colours. Small moves make big changes. he grey doesn’t do much for me, here, where a more consistent green might have worked wonders.

    Comment by Gordon — June 15, 2009 @ 18:39

  2. Ah, the ubiquitous buttercup with its highlight-challenging yellow – well controlled in this case. There are fields of them here where they thrive in the lime-depleted soil.

    I can see the objection to the grey although I’m not sure it would have registered in such a way if it hadn’t been pointed out to me. The further flower, though, looms large despite it fitting the laws of perspective: it feels as though it is going to mug the nearer one.

    Comment by John Ellis — June 17, 2009 @ 06:43

  3. I like the gray, helps keep this from spinning off wildly into an overly colorful world.

    Comment by matt — June 19, 2009 @ 12:51

  4. I quite like the large out-of-focus flower in the background. It seems to almost shadow the in-focus blossom up front. I am drawn to yellow flowers and they certainly are a challenge, aren’t they?

    Not that I have mastered macro photography by any means, but I wish I had done so well on my “first ever proper macro attempt”.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — June 20, 2009 @ 02:47

  5. A pleasing composition and I enjoy the flower detail. I have no objection to the grey background tone. As mentioned, yellow is “highlight-challenging” — the left side of the flower is still a bit too “hot” for my taste. I would prefer to see more detail and depth of field there, too, though I realize how tricky a balancing act that can be.

    Comment by Christina — June 20, 2009 @ 17:34

  6. A little bit more space between the front flower and those at the back?

    The colours, including the gray, works well. I’d have liked a little more detail in the yellows.

    Comment by Colin — June 21, 2009 @ 16:44

  7. I cannot claim to be able to do this type photography but I’ve been to several lectures and the hot yellow and hard shadows can be reduced with a net curtain!

    Apparently pegs, steel wire and curtains are used. The steel wire and pegs are used to hold the stems of flowers still to permit longer exposures. The curtains are used to prevent direct sunlight and provide a bit of diffusion. The curtains also reduce the effect of the wind. Also in the macro photographers tool kit is the circular reflector that you can crunch up in your pocket. Another tip is never do this in bright sunlight.

    The composition of this is interesting with its three flower heads physically and DoF separated. The background is OK by me.

    Comment by Rex — June 22, 2009 @ 21:29

  8. A strong first effort. I’m left thinking that three may be a crowd in this one though as I quite like the open/close play going on and that further back open one is hogging to much attention and not adding to the play.

    Comment by akikana — June 25, 2009 @ 01:07

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