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OK I need grounded - I've attempted a bit of grounding here but a few mods would
help!
So thank you all for votes, comments, advice and a big thank you to Colleen for her User Award.
I like trying out more arty things on Ephotozine which wouldn't go down well at my Camera Club.
In life there are different rules wherever we go - so we go along with that.
On Ephotozine we can experiment all we like and take in all the differing opinions
and learn from everybody.
I'll expect mods and 'how to do it instructions!.
KateGrinGrin

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Sep 2013 - 3:03 PM
Focal Length:60mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/10sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Auto
Title:Green & Pink
Username:Irishkate Irishkate
Uploaded:12 Sep 2013 - 12:33 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Green bottles, Macro, Texture
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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 1:07 AM

This is the sort of image that goes down rather well at my club Kate.
We have six different groups and this would be well accepted in the Creative Digital Group.
It is just what it says on the tin with an image being worked creatively in Photoshop.
It is not really my cup of tea,but it does make a big difference to me when I see a mounted A3 print as opposed to a projected image.I just think it looks more effective as a print,and I feel this is a good example of that here.Do you print and mount any of your images ? If not,try it and see.I think you may well be pleasantly surprised with the result !!
Mick.

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
12 Sep 2013 - 1:09 AM

As I said, one more beautiful than the next. This is so tasteful, Kate, elegant and pretty.
And they are not "floating in space". (You know that's something that I taught in my Economics courses, never thought it would be useful for other aspect of my life, then...).
M

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 - 1:16 AM

I thought your last image was brilliant Kate. This has exceeded it by far. Certainly one for the wall. Well done
Jim

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 5:25 AM

Very very beautiful still life.

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CarolG
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12 Sep 2013 - 5:37 AM

A wonderful still life, Kate, love the colours. Carol

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ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 5:49 AM

GrinGrinGrin You're teasing us, Kate.

Brilliant image.
Could do with some nice shadows behind.
Love the feeling of floating in space.

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 6:36 AM

Lovely but I'd still prefer some perspective to set them on a surface and give some depth. Unfortunately I am nowhere near my computer ( still in France) so I can't do a mod to demonstrate what I mean.

Last Modified By LynneJoyce at 12 Sep 2013 - 6:37 AM

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Caziwinkles
12 Sep 2013 - 7:11 AM

Again I like this Kate - it definitely appeals to me and I think it would grace many a wall perfectly. Smile

Carol

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2186 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 7:14 AM

Kate ,this is only my oppinion and I know that you know more than me about rules,but as the flower is verry pale I would like to see the green bg all the way to the top but fading as it reaches the top.
I hope you dont mind me say this and maybe that no one else will agree with me.
I do like your green bottles images KateSmileSmile
NettaSmile

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 7:39 AM

A nice still life Kate, but I agree with Netta, for me the top part of the B/G is overpowering the flowers, thats just meSmile


Cliff

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 7:51 AM

You should do what you want.....
Whose rules????
Be your own person with your own thoughts....
Follow your own instinct....people who like your work will be people who think like you
All the better

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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1753 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom88 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 7:52 AM

Very well presented still life.
Nigel

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 8:29 AM

I like these floating bottles, Kate. They're so lovely and beautiful.

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 8:36 AM

A superb image, Kate.
I love to see a range of imagery.
I must experiment more in PS.
Brilliant work.
Richard

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 9:02 AM

I don't know enough to advise you, Kate but I do know what I like and I think your still life is terrific. Grin
I tend to agree with Barbara's sentiment above.


Ray

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digital_boi
12 Sep 2013 - 10:03 AM

for me you have done well here Kate and I like it and know you do as well its your art and your enjoyment in which I share, you are always out there trying new things and looking forward you are to be commended

GrahamWink

Ps now go get the windows

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WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
12 Sep 2013 - 10:09 AM

A lovely still with beautiful delicate flowers. Well done Kate.
WesternRed.

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 10:36 AM

Very artistic

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 10:52 AM

Very beautiful and fantastic image and work,Kate,very well done,
Saeid

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williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 11:26 AM

a very artistic shot, really well worked.do not worry about club judges they are only one mans opinion.Our club opened again i won't enter their comps.i have had more help from you good people so keep on SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile.

billy

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achieverswales
12 Sep 2013 - 12:12 PM

I do find some of the comments on here a bit odd Kate, first and foremost I believe that you are trying to get images for competition and seeking peoples advice! Only to be told do what you want, if people cannot help then say nothing, In our club there are many who will not enter as they think their work is wonderful only to be told different by the judges, they then stop entering instead of taking the comment as they are meant to be, helping them to improve. Many Judges have years of experience and qualifications that they worked hard to get and most of them do a very good job! Without them there would be very few camera clubs around if there were no competitions to enter. Regarding this upload Kate it is pleasing to the eye but still not there, the shadows are beneath the bottles so giving the impression that the lighting is from above and the bottles are floating.

Regards

Trev.

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Joline
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12 Sep 2013 - 1:06 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

There is a certain beauty to this, but to me they definitely look like they are floating without a ground. My other (and this is just personal preference) critique is the spacing between the bottles. I prefer a more grouped look. The colors and the background are finely done but for me it needs a more solid base for the bottles to rest on.

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ColleenA
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12 Sep 2013 - 3:17 PM

[quote]I thought your last image was brilliant Kate. This has exceeded it by far. Certainly one for the wall. Well done
Another great capture Kate....love it

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12 Sep 2013 - 4:03 PM

Photography makes you think, it males you see, it doesn't allow for personal prejudice or judgmentalists...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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leontari
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12 Sep 2013 - 4:08 PM

A fine composition and capture.
Effrossini

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12 Sep 2013 - 6:53 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 


Quote: I like trying out more arty things on Ephotozine which wouldn't go down well at my Camera Club.

What are you basing this on Kate ? why wouldn't they go down well at Camera Club ?
I started at a local Club 3 years ago,one of the very first questions I was asked was 'what kind of images do you do ? '.my answer...'Lots of digital manipulation with layers & textures' the response to that was' you will never do well here with that kind of thing'...the first year I won the overall colour printed images category,last year I won Photographer of the year against some hefty opposition....that showed 'em !!! Wink I was determined to keep to my own style & presentation & only entered competitions with images I liked,judges do move on with the times & are much more open these days to something a bit different,so don't be afraid to show your true self within an image,maintain a good composition,decent lighting,interesting subject matter etc & never ever be afraid to be different....I was brave,it was scary but I survived ! Wink
This is 'different' & you have given lots of thought to your presentation,well done ! For me the bottles are a touch far apart & could do with grouping a wee bit closer together,that way you could perhaps have a go at a portrait presentation which would go better with the shape & height of the pretty bottles.
As for the grounding issue...it's all about light & shadow isn't it? these bottles do look as tho they are floating or,my first thought...that they were photographed on a sheet of glass.To ground the bottles better,the shadows need to be 'attached' to the bottles,they aren't here as they are underneath the bottles but separated from them,thus giving a floating effect.Try using the burn tool on a low opacity & on a separate layer....I'll have a go at a mod but I'm not promising a miracle...lol

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fificat100
fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 7:01 PM

I still love it - and that's me looking for the second time!SmileSmileSmile

Lavina

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4602 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 7:46 PM

Beautiful shot !!.....lovely set-up & arrangement !!

I've added a mod.....again with shadows, but with an added 'textured-base' for the bottles to sit on...........

All done in Elements 8, in about 15mins......'how-to' instructions are difficult without knowing your processing
programme........??.Smile

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Michaela_Solway

Your bottles are causing quite a stir.. This s not something I could do, but always appreciate the time & work that goes into cresting this look.. I like the colour combos of- course..

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12 Sep 2013 - 9:59 PM

A beatuiful and artistic still life image Kate, I agree with Lynne that a surface to place them on is needed to make this image even better.

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jasonrwl
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12 Sep 2013 - 11:11 PM

I couldn't possibly add to all the excellent advice here - certainly got people interested.
Jason

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georgiepoolie
13 Sep 2013 - 5:15 PM

Beautiful still life images.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 10:32 PM

I think Walter missed this one. The levitator would approve of these hovering bottles.. Or did you send them on a course for transcendental meditation?
Well played and a perfect illusion.

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Snaphappyannie
20 Sep 2013 - 11:32 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A lot to like in this one, Kate. The bottles are certainly "floating" and need shadows to give them a base. An excellent exponent of digital fine art photography gave me this tip re adding a shadow. I quote: "a fine dark line around the base of the object (bottle, lamp post or whatever) sits it firmly on the ground. Then draw out the shadow away from the direction of the light, gradually fading it out as it recedes. Do all this on a separate layer, ABOVE the image you want the shadow on. That way, if you mess up, you can bin that layer and try again without messing up your photo."
Hope this helps?

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