Looking for the Sun

What technical feedback would you like if any?

What artistic feedback would you like if any?

Pertinent technical details or techniques: Canon 400D, Tamron 55-200 @ 128, 1/125 @ f6.3, ISO 400

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I guess you usually avoid or clone stray stalks, but I was struck by the way this blue anemone had managed to find some sun under which to spread beneath a canopy of hellebores.

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I like this a lot, Ian. The colors are really beautiful, and that bright blue blossom makes it’s own statement. I am okay with that the out of focus stems, etc. It makes it feel like I am standing in the garden enjoying it. Just beautiful.

Ian: I’m having mixed reactions to this. I do like the clarity and color of the main subject but the stem obscuring the bloom does bug me a bit. I wonder if moving left just a little bit would have allowed you to frame the flower with the stem without it actually covering it. I did a fairly aggressive crop for your consideration. Just my 2 cents. >=))>

Thanks @Bill_Fach for the suggestion. I do appreciate your thinking but, for better or worse, I did want to have those stalks in to document the scene.

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Like how the anemone is peeking out of the shade of the larger plant and reaching for the sun. The oof stems do bother me a bit. If I were to remove anything it would be the red on the bottom right.