For Your Critique: Image #5 « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

For Your Critique: Image #5

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This image was created in Starr County, TX with the the tripod-mounted Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens, the 1.4X III TC, and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 160 sec. at f/11 in Av Mode.

Lens/TC/Camera Body Micro-Adjustment: +10.

For Your Critique: Image #5

We were driving to a bird-rich ranch on a clear still morning but we could not resist the endless fields of huge sunflowers… This image is presented for your critique; feel free to praise it or tear it to shreds. All suggestions are welcome. Would you keep it or delete it? Let us know why either way, what you like or what you hate. What would you have done differently? I love my 800 as a macro lens.

Over the course of the next three months or so, I will present fifteen additional images in this series for a total of twenty in all. The last will be followed by several revelations including two major ones.

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Canon 800mm f/5.L IS lens. Right now this is my all time favorite super-telephoto lens.
Canon 1.4X III TC. This new TC is designed to work best with the new Series II super-telephoto lenses.
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body. My two Mark IVs are my workhorse digital camera bodies.

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LensCoats. I have a LensCoat on each of my big lenses to protect them from nicks and thus increase their re-sales value. All my big lens LensCoat stuff is in Hardwood Snow pattern.
LegCoat Tripod Leg Covers. I have four tripods active and each has a Hardwood Snow LegCoat on it to help prevent further damage to my tender shoulders πŸ™‚
Gitzo GT3530LS Tripod. This one will last you a lifetime.
Mongoose M3.6 Tripod Head. Right now this is the best tripod head around for use with lenses that weigh less than 9 pounds. For heavier lenses, check out the Wimberley V2 head.
CR-80 Replacement Foot for Canon 800. When using the 800 on a Mongoose as I do, replacing the lens foot with this accessory lets the lens sit like a dog whether pointed up or down and prevents wind-blown spinning of your lens on breezy days by centering the lens directly over the tripod.
Double Bubble Level. You will find one in my camera’s hot shoe whenever I am not using flash.
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13 comments to For Your Critique: Image #5

  • I like the saturated color and exposure. For composition, I’d prefer the image to frame more of the petals extending around the bottom left corner of the flower to repeat the swirling motion of the center and stamens. Don’t know if it’s my aging eyes or monitor but no part of the image seems ‘Artie’ sharp to me.

    This is fun and I learn something each time. Thanks.

  • Dennis S

    I like it. Not too sharp in detail but really reveals the beautiful patterns nature has that are often not seen on a casual glance.

  • cheapo

    If you intended it as a super colour hit, rather than as a piece of natural history, it works nicely, and composition is super. The limited depth of field does not help it otherwise.

  • George Cottay

    This one doesn’t work for me at its present size and resolution, but I’d love to see a large full rez print.

  • Kathy Graff

    I think it’s interesting. Because of how the 800mm lens compresses the flower (very little depth of field), it appears as though we’re looking through a microscope at a slice from some plant. I would keep it.

  • Ivan Turpin

    I don’t think it is sharp enough for my taste. Delete.

  • The composition is really nice and unique in having an important strip down the left side and with the center flower circle offset to the right. I like the 4 planes of equal interestβ€”the flower center with the sort of 4 part twirls, the ring around that, a larger outer ring, then the strip of petals down the left. And all those 4 planes are in different shades of yellow/orange, This is eye-catching to me. I like it.

  • Jay

    Definately a keeper. I’m wondering if the coloring is a little too “autumn gold” and not yellow enough, but I didn’t actually see the plant (in agreement with that part of Gerald Kelberg’s comment). The green behind the petals makes me think that it is the color of this sunflower.

  • Mary Stamper

    Very cool image. The whole thing looks sharp to me. This would also look good rotated into a vertical with the petals either on top or bottom.

  • Dixon Soracco

    Something with the depth of field doesn’t sit right with me. I get dizzy looking at it and have tried moving away from the screen to see if viewing distance would help. That being said, love the color, clarity, and composition.

  • Gerald Kelberg

    Looks like I’m the first one here, so here I go – both feet first…

    The image doesn’t work for me. I like the composition with the centre of the flower and the cropped petals on one side; but it seems to me that the depth of field is so thin that the only sharp section is the relatively featureless area with the fine pollen grains. You have probably tamed the yellows down, but to me, I would expect them to be more vibrant in a sunflower.

    Hope you are having great time in Katmai!

  • Debby

    I think I would like the image more if it were zoomed back a bit, but I can see it as an art print in a room to bring out color. It doesn’t seem as clear as it could be also. I don’t hate it, but I personally might delete it. πŸ™‚