Nature Lavender plus a geranium.

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  1. rayallen

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    Lavender plus a geranium. Canon EOS-1Ds, Canon EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM.

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    A very lovely photograph. Well executed sir. :) Tony
     
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    Thank you, Tony.
     
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    Do you think that a square crop of this image would work?

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    Hi Gary,
    Yes, I think it probably would. I did crop it but I retained the original ratio. I didn't even think about a square crop. I'll give it a try and see how I feel about it.
     
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    I tried the square crop and I think it works OK. What do you reckon, Gary?

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    Back in the 60's through the 90's I used to shoot with a Bronica S2A and it was a medium format 6x6. I just couldn't get it.Broader than taller is the format for me. Having said that, I think square works ok if you like that format.
     
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    Back in the 80s and 90s I was shooting with a Yashica 635 6X6 and I quite liked the square format but I rarely crop to that format nowadays.
    It's not that I don't like square format, I just forget to use it. But some images are better when that format is used.
     
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    I prefer the square crop. It centers the image, and for no reason that I can answer, when I look at the original image, I keep looking at the out of focus blue flower in the top right corner. I think subjects along the lines of small birds and flowers often work better as a square crop. Just my own opinion of course. Nice image by the way.


    I still have a Bronica that I use.

    But I look at an image and the final image can be panoramic, the original ratio, square, or quite often, 16:9. I think that you take each image on it's own merits. It amazes me when I go out to places, and I watch the other people taking images in the same place as myself, and there is what I think the best composure is a portrait orientation, and people refuse to turn their cameras through 90 degrees.

    Just my thoughts.

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    Thank you for your comments on my images, Gary. I can see now why I should have considered square format as what you said made perfect sense. I often just accept the camera's ratio whereas I should be evaluating other formats as you do.
    I know what you mean about turning the camera through 90 degrees. Some don't even do it when taking portraits. I don't hesitate to turn my cameras when it is appropriate. All my cameras have battery grips and I think it is easier when you have the buttons you need at your fingertips on the grip.
     
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    I do shoot a lot of images in portrait but I have never owned a battery grip that allows me to do that. I know that I am missing out on something here.

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    Oh yes, you are, Gary. A grip is a very worthwhile accessory.
     
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    Ray, all I have ever used is 35mm and seeing a square photo seem a bit odd but I have come back to this shot a few times and it have started to change my opinion, so I dragged my Mamaya C3 out, had a play with the controls and familiarized myself with the way it operates.
    Framing up a subject is a bit weird at first but I think I have down pat. I ordered off of Ebay some 120 film and will see how it goes, might even get to like this square format.
     
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    Hi Craig, most of my images have been taken on 35mm and APS-C format with a small amount on 6X6. The square format does take a bit of getting used to as does the left to right reversal on a TLR but, in time, you do become accustomed to both. I will be waiting to see some results from the C3.
    Just wait until you start working with a medium format neg in the enlarger. That will spur you on to take more.
     
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    It will take some time to get my darkroom finished at the moment I am still on crutches. I need to get a 75mm lens for the enlarger to match the 120 format, should arrive soon. I am running into the problem of getting darkroom supplies, sourced locally they cost a fair bit and you have to wait for them to be orded, purchased off of Ebay, cheaper but they take a long time to arrive.
     
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    Give 120 film a go Craig. It will slow you down and make you think about what you are doing. I use an external light meter, and the entire photo taking process is very different to digital. I am not saying that it is better or worse, just different.

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    If I may toss in my two cents. I like the square crop idea, however I have a tough time getting away from the rule of thirds. With the adjustment to Ray's lovely image, I believe the square crop would have more appeal with the geranium only. Difficult to pre-visualize something that has already been photographed, but like I said, it is only worth my two cents. :( Thanks very much for your input Gary, very much appreciated.

    Cheers Mate,
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    The lavender what what I was trying to photograph, Tony. The geranium just got in the way, :):)
     
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    Wonderful color and composition. Nice background, as well.
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    Hi Tony,

    Thank you for your kind words
     

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