Double Photo Critique: Flowers – Critiques

We asked you to submit the pictures of flowers you wanted us to critique, and 3 brave souls submitted us their work.

In no particular order, please find their picture, with the critique below it.
Steve Rice (aka Steve in Japan)


Steve's flowers

I love the light in this picture. It brings us to the vase and the main subject that is the main pink flower (sorry don’t know the name). The diagonals of the table and window help frame the subject. I have a minor issue with the line on the wall as it is slightly tilted. My biggest issue however is with a lot of things touching the border and being cropped. I tried to remove the branches touching but was not really pleased with the result. A strong decentered vignette might have helped. I think the contrast and tone chosen go well with the subject.



Remus gave this information while submitting: “Photo taken with an old film camera, Praktica MTL 5 and with a film expired in 2003.” At this point I have to assume that the very soft focus was part of the work. I like the vibrant red of this rose and its position. I have some minor issues with some of the leaves, more especially the one on the left and the 3rd from the left that is tilted and break the pattern. I wonder if the part of the glass/vase adds anything here. My main issue is with the background pattern that is very distracting to me. I however still appreciate the mood created by this picture.


Autopict's flower

I may be ignorant but I’m not sure I’ve seen a lot of pictures of flowers like this before. I really like the bright yellow opposed to the darker areas and the sun shining through and creating a nice bokeh.  The issue with this angle is that the stems have a very important part in the picture and lets be honest, stems are not the most beautiful part of a flower. Maybe a slight move to the right at capture time would have given more petals and less stems. Eyes are caught by light and I believe that the small strip of light at the base of the first flower (in the center) is distracting. Also, reading from left to right, I believe I would have flipped horizontally. Below is my edit, let me know what you think.

Autopict's edited

Thanks a lot to Autopict, Remus and Steve. I really appreciate your trust. I checked what picture I would have submitted and I think I would have gone with the one below as it is is one of my most recent and I find the flower very interesting.

Soaptree Yucca at White Sands

Feel free to tell us what you think of this critique by mail or in the comments. If you are interested in submitting the next theme is landscapes.

By Sebastien Grobelny

Photoblog Challenges : Results #1

This week on photoblogchallenges,  congratulations are in order for Treur, Fototopia and Rue Du Lavoir winners for Best of 33 (05 Aug – 11 Aug), Theme 33 : Begins with “F” and Technique 16 : Macro of insects.

Celine and I are permanent guest judges and since the middle of the year we switched the roles a little. She has to pick one favorite from the winning pictures and I have to pick several “non-winners”.

Each week I will try to shed some light on some of my choices.

  • For Best of 33 : I particularly liked the submission from Treur for the great silhouette and Tapio for the adventures of his ladybug. I picked Deja for his intriguing macro, Leovi for a sharp fresh abstract,  Light Impressions for a very detailed flamingo with amazing colors and Remus for a puzzling work in Black and White.




My pick of the week, among all the winners would have to be Rue Du Lavoir for is macro of insect. Here it is.

Rue Du Lavoir - Technique 16

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