Lilac Cactus Flower

Critique Style Requested: Standard

The photographer is looking for generalized feedback about the aesthetic and technical qualities of their image.


Another image from the slide film time, back in 1995 in Tucson / Arizona. It was according to locals a very special year since the dessert was blooming in all of its variations. I still remember very well the varity of flowers I saw, something I did not experienced afterwards anymore, although I visited the area some more times.

Technical Details

Nikon F801s, Nikkor ED 4 / 300, Sensia 100

Scanned with Nikon Coolscan 5000ED, cropped to 3:4 ratio using Photoshop

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Nice depth of field control Cay-Uwe. I do think this image might benefit from a little less empty space at the bottom.

Super composition and contrasting colors. Both make this a strong photo. I wouldn’t have guessed a Fuji film with greens this subtle. Terrific detail in the flower and I like the very gradual fall off through the back of the frame. I wish the white/light object below and behind wasn’t there, but we can’t control everything.


A nice retro image from your film days. Crop to right above the whitish spot at the bottom and warm it up slightly with a tweak to white balance slightly as my only two suggestions. Otherwise looks good and a nice looking flower…Jim

Lovely! Wonderful soft light and just the right DOF, with perfect detail on the flower! I love the composition but I agree about a slight crop from the bottom.

I don’t know how I missed this one, but I’m so glad it made it to the top of the page so I did see it. I’m really enjoying this shot.