In my country it's pretty common at Christmas as well.
Anyway, that's nice idea for a photo, but some thing are making me anxcious when I watch this picture.
You did well with setting up lightning, but it would be good idea to add one more light source thanks to that whole picture would be brighter and you would be able to use higher aperture.
I guess you wanted to set depth of field on centre flower but it's to shallow and I'm getting a little annoyed when much bigger part of picture isn't sharp and when it wasn't intentional. It would be fixed by higher aperture.
Moreover I think that colours are little to bright. Making it so vivid you loose some details in leaves fracture
You need to practice a bit more and I expect a lot from you in the future.
Yeah, it's far from perfect and to be honest I didn't spend much time to set up the light or anything. I used my external flash and other light sources in the room was not enough. The camera I'm using right now has only three AF spots and besides from that, my vision has been impaired since birth which makes it kinda hard to use manual focus, which I would have preferred otherwise. So shooting this flower made me tired and frustrated. I simply tried to catch it while it was still fresh and blooming.
However, enough of excuses. Thanks again for giving me feedback. I really need it and as you said yourself and as I replied on your comment on the candle photo; I still have lots of learning to do. To get around using high ISO in dark conditions, setting up good sources for light and to manage to keep track of the AF spots are some of the biggest challenges for me. Having broken eyes is so annoying in those situations.
Thanks again, and also for having hope in my future progress. Now I've got some expectations to live up to.
I've got problems with eyes as well. I can't play sports without special googles and I'm unable to play as a goalkeeper when it get's a bit dark.
Anyway for manual focus there's little tip. If you set it a little in front of main object there's greater chance that it will be sharp. For some reason depth of field is bigger behind it than ahead of it.
And for AF spots, normally I use only one of them (central). After setting up AF i just block it and move my camera a little bit in another way
Mostly I'm using only one AF spot as well, the problem is to get it right where I want it. Especially when it comes to flowers and other tiny thingies.
I will definitely try to use the manual focus more but it's much easier in conditions with good light. Thanks for the tip!
Well I think that easier to use in good light is AF. I prefer manual focus when it's getting dark, sometimes I can just retake photos three times with different settings and that way I'm not wasting my time just trying to persuade my AF that "yes, it's that spot not one behind it"