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Old 21st October 2013
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Kew Gardens

I paid my first ever visit to Kew Gardens this weekend. I don't think it was the best time to go, because obviously not many of the outdoor flowers were in bloom. But I think it will be a great place to visit in the summer.

Here are a few shots I took....


Taken with the camera upside down on the tripod, I wish I had taken some scissors to cut the grass in front of the fungi.






I would welcome any advice on how to improve them.
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Re: Kew Gardens

Not sure they need much improving. The middle shot is perfect and very seasonal, you took full advantage of a great display and your composition is excellent.

Full marks for getting down low for the first shot. Trimming the grass would have given a clearer shot of the fungi, but left as it is it does add to the impression of a worm's eye view - which is best depends on how you want to portray your subject. Should you have scissors handy on another occasion I would recommend taking an untrimmed shot first, then you have the best of both worlds.

The plant in the last shot is intriguing and looks vaguely rude - yes, I know my mind is a disgrace! You could crop a bit off the top of the frame to tighten the composition.
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Re: Kew Gardens

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The plant in the last shot is intriguing and looks vaguely rude - yes, I know my mind is a disgrace!
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You have moderators here? Well, they must either be extremely efficient, or this is the nicest bunch of people on the internet - I have NEVER seen a nasty comment on this forum.

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Re: Kew Gardens

The images are really nice! I remember Kew from my childhood. My Dad had an OM-1 and an interest in flowers and he'd drag us everywhere on Sundays.

I agree that the fly-catcher image could be cropped a little from the top.

The "Z" of pumpkins is nice. If you have the opportunity to shoot again, you could play with depth of field and different shades of the colours.

I think you saw the only thing that could be improved in the mushroom images, I just pluck any offending straws away carefully when I see something like that - although things can be more difficult to spot when you're hanging upside down, near the ground or otherwise in awquard positions. I really like the idea in that image!
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Re: Kew Gardens

Simply a lovely set of pictures.
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Thank you Cathrine, it is a pleasant job.

Incidences requiring moderation are few and far between and are dealt with quickly when they occur. Mostly it involves dealing with spammers who join the forum for that sole purpose.

It is not the moderators who should take the credit for this friendly forum, though, it's all the members who make it what it is.
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Re: Kew Gardens

I agree that the middle shot is great, I wouldn't try anything to improve that one. The 1st is good, a tiny bit further away would have avoided truncating the fungus on the right. On low shots in grass, rather than cutting vegetation that's close to the lens, I try and squash it down with something - I carry a folding sit mat that does the job.

Nice set though.
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Re: Kew Gardens

Nice sharp vibrant shots, just how I like them
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Simply a lovely set of pictures.
I couldn't put it any better.

Looking forward to seeing more of your shots.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Kew Gardens

[QUOTE=jdal;258594] I carry a folding sit mat that does the job.

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Great idea! I sometimes miss a chainsaw, though!
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Re: Kew Gardens

Thank you for the positive comments.
I have been trying hard to concentrate on taking better photos, by moving away from the auto settings and using the A/S priority modes, or even when I feel brave, manual mode.

I have also started to use Photoshop Elements 12, which I am still very new to. But I have been told by my girlfriend that I can have it for an early Christmas pressie so I will have plenty of time to practice.
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Re: Kew Gardens

I like #1 as it is with the grass.
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