Photo Review - Dried Flower Arrangement by Marina De Wit

Dried flowers in ceramic vase

Nikon D7200. Nikon Macro 105mm, F/6, 1/160, ISO 100

Initial Thoughts by Reviewer:

Before saying anything else, I have to give you a fair warning, I'm completely and utterly in love with this vintage style and no matter the possible technical flaws, photos like this are something I could look at all day long.

With that being said, I love this photo! The colours and lighting are magnificent.

The wide f/1.8 aperture combined with slow shutter speed gives amazing shallow depth of field while the keeping foreground sharp and crystal clear. I love how natural light is used to create a dreamy ambience and how the white balance is smartly manipulated to achieve such lovely magical colours.

Possible Improvements:

There are two things I wouldn’t mind seeing done different, but that is nothing but personal taste and opinion. First thing is - I would love to see this shot in either a bit wider format or from a lower point of view so that the edges of the bouquet can be seen. I understand landscape format would not work for this composition as close-up details would be lost and that fallen petal would loose its charm, but I would really love it if the flowers on the edges (that I've circled in red) were not cut off.

Second thing I wouldn’t mind changing is that pink flower in the middle, I would love to see it a bit sharper, either by using a slightly deeper depth of field or manual adjustment with the flowers in the vase before making the photo.

But as I already said, these are just personal preferences and this photo is perfect the way it is. Excellent skills are combined with great talent and a simply magical result.

We have some other magical flower photos on Excio from Marina that were featured straight away as we just fell in love with them and we used this photo for feedback as an example so you can learn too. Check whether your photos will make it to the screens of mobile phones and tablets around the globe!

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