Hairy by pistache

Hairy

Snipped off one little aquilegia bud to bring in out of the icy wind. Would welcome your views on the focus. I decided to zoom in on that bright white raindrop, but maybe I should have used a smaller aperture and got the front petal in focus as well ...
Pretty pov and focus.
April 28th, 2016  
I like it. Such a soft image, nice lighting too. Very pretty 😊
April 28th, 2016  
I like it, it almost has an abstract feel with you dof and focus.
April 28th, 2016  
Excellent shot
April 28th, 2016  
i think on those its good to go with aperture that is a bit smaller to get more in focus. But it sort of depends on the how much you want to be in focus.
April 29th, 2016  
For me, I think the shallow DOF is More effective if the area in focus is near the front of the image with the OOF elements fading off to the back. When there are elements obviously closer to the viewer than the focus area it seems to be distracting. Not that I don't like this but the stem and front part of the flower seem to be battling with the raindrop for attention.
April 29th, 2016  
I like the softness and the colours are absolutely gorgeous!
April 29th, 2016  
It's like the drop is playing peak-a-boo. Terrific image.
April 29th, 2016  
I agree...I'd probably have used a deeper option for DoF for more in focus, or maybe focused more on the foreground. But I like the idea in the shot and do like the highlight of the droplet.
April 29th, 2016  
Gorgeous.
April 29th, 2016  
There is so much to like about this shot, but you did ask.. its a difficult one, I think if you had gone for deeper depth of field you might have lost the droplet as it would become so small in comparison to the area of the picture in focus. So the picture would have become about something else.

On the other hand I do find the blur of the front petal slightly distracting - I think because it is so central in the fame. No doubt you tried plenty of different angles shooting it.

It would be interesting to see a severe square or even portrait crop with the blurred front petal as the top third, drop in the middle and back leaves as the bottom third. Again though that becomes quite a different picture as you loose the full shape of the aquilegia flower and have only the droplet to focus on.
April 29th, 2016  
I too like this a great deal. What about cropping out the more focused left to make the rain drop more of a center feature?
April 30th, 2016  
Love this A FAV
April 30th, 2016  
I also feel that generally speaking, the in-focus areas should be in the front of the shot; I do find the blurred front petal a bit distracting; that being said, I still like this picture with sharp raindrop.
April 30th, 2016  
great shot :)
April 30th, 2016  
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Many thanks indeed to you all for your thoughtful responses. I rather agree that the front needs to be in focus, as it is distracting. Smaller aperture next time I think - in fact since this shot I have been closing it down more for macro shots. Liz @lizhammond, I shall be giving your crop ideas a go ;)
May 2nd, 2016  
@lizhammond I just did ... severe crop works a treat with top and bottom blurred and subject (raindrop) in the middle. Makes it look as though the blur is deliberate, rather than a failure to get the front petals in focus ;) Thanks!
May 2nd, 2016  
@pistache my pleasure, glad it worked out & thanks for trying it out :-)
May 2nd, 2016  
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