What's wrong with this picture?

Aug 30, 2017

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I was told that on of these pictures was rejected because of an "exposure issue." Could I get some feedback on these two photos? What would make it better? Are they overexposed?

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In both photos the centre of the rose is seriously out of focus. Flower shots need to be spot on  and have a reasonable DOF so that the closer petals are in focus along with the centre.

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I was told that on of these pictures was rejected because of an "exposure issue." Could I get some feedback on these two photos? What would make it better? Are they overexposed?

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In both photos the centre of the rose is seriously out of focus. Flower shots need to be spot on  and have a reasonable DOF so that the closer petals are in focus along with the centre.

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These photos are wonderful. If there is a complaint about exposure it should be on the shadows, I think. But i wouldn't reject a photo for that in this case. You can try to enlighten the shadows and see if it works.

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Maybe, possibly, could be, might be... if one were to nit-pick... the rose could be said to be a bit overexposed. I don't think the shadows are a problem, but the rose petals are a bit too bright and light, especially on the outer petals, so you could bring down the exposure on the roses.

Bear in mind though, there are a lot of flower pictures in the data base, so the next rejection reason might be lack of esthetic and commercial value.

Are you sure it's worth the effort?

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I have adjusted the highlights and the exposure. 
Added a vignette. 
Removed a light spot in the upper right corner.

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Be aware that flower shots like this are a dime a dozen on Adobe Stock. That is to say, there are a LOT of them. Even if you get your exposure exactly right, it's still unlikely to be accepted unless there is something spectacular about your image.

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In both photos the centre of the rose is seriously out of focus. Flower shots need to be spot on  and have a reasonable DOF so that the closer petals are in focus along with the centre.

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