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Ah well it was a nice little blip in the weather last week, but it's all over now. Still, we have our memories.... and our photos Smile. Here's one of a gazania which I hope will bring a little sun into your lives Smile

Thanks for looking and for your continued interest in my images - it is really appreciated.

Theresa

EDIT: After much discussion, I've changed the background colour to a soft grey, at Joan's (Emjaycee) suggestion. I think it's better than the yellow - thanks Joan Smile

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony A580
Lens:100.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:4 Jul 2011 - 11:04 AM
Focal Length:90mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/2500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Goodbye Summer
Username:AshTree AshTree
Uploaded:5 Oct 2011 - 12:08 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Gazania, Summer
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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 12:22 PM

Excellent close-up with good and effective use of back lighting, Theresa.
You have chosen a yellow EPZ background to set it against: I think this takes away from the excellence of the image, and had you chosen black, or at least a tone other than yellow, the beauty of this shot would have shone forth even more.
Just my thoughts.
Ronnie.

Last Modified By RonnieAG at 5 Oct 2011 - 12:24 PM
andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 12:24 PM

brilliant detail theresa wonderful colours and light a beautiful way to say goodbye to summer a cracker nice one Wink
andy

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7433 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1019 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 12:31 PM

Lovely subtle composition, avoiding the obvious.
Moira

bromley-smith
5 Oct 2011 - 12:41 PM

Beautiful light and colours Theresa, fabulous pov.
Tony

Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
5 Oct 2011 - 12:43 PM

Gorgous shot ,beautiful colour,light and well presentation........Grin

Joeblowfromoz
5 Oct 2011 - 12:54 PM

Truly and utterly beautiful image. The POV and comp just make this so wonderfully different and so beautiful..Jo

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 12:54 PM

Stop being such a killjoy Theresa.
Just think of all these snow,frost,and icicle pictures we can take soon.
And that is after you have wiped the snow,frost and icicles of yourself !!
Good Summer pic' here.
Mick.

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 12:59 PM

Thanks Ronnie, Andy, Moira, Tony, Ayoob, Jo and Mick.

Ronnie, you wouldn't believe how hard I found it to select a bg colour!! I went for the usual black at first but it actually did nothing for it, far too overwhelming against these delicate colours. So then I went through so many colours and settled for this. Like you, I'm not convinced it's the right choice, but it seemed better than anything I tried - all shades of blue, all shades of green... all shades of the entire colour wheel!!!!
Theresa

Last Modified By AshTree at 5 Oct 2011 - 1:00 PM
bertie1983
5 Oct 2011 - 1:01 PM

love the pov!
great shotSmile

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 1:14 PM

Fabulous close up and composition. Great image. I sympathise about the background colour; sometimes it's just easier to resort to black! Smile
Ann

gingerdelight

Beautifully captured Theresa - a gorgeous image.
Carol

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 1:19 PM

Thanks Bertie and Ann.
Theresa

CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 1:34 PM

Theresa that's a beautiful image, the backlighting and pov superb. The background does tend to fight with the image, but hey its such a beautiful image it wins the contest. (I frequently struggle with backgrounds and frames etc etc lol). Carole

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 1:36 PM

I am also not sure about the background .... but tend to think I would have chosen this as well
A fab image ....

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 1:40 PM

fantastic light and details, Theresa and great composition.
about the bg, the only minor thing is that blue/green strip in the upper part.

francesco

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 1:56 PM

Thanks Carole, Barbara and Francesco.
You're absolutely right Francesco - I should have cloned that out, or moved it before taking the shot. It's probably a garden support of some kind!
Theresa

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 2:22 PM

Love this shot Theresa with it's beautiful light. Would a very soft grey have been a better background colour? Then the colour of the petals would have been more prominent. Know what you mean though, you can drive yourself up the wall sometimes trying to select the right shade, and the more you try the more frustating it can be!!!
Joan.

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 3:00 PM

Thanks Joan - you might be right about that soft grey, thanks Smile
Theresa

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 3:12 PM

the delicate texture in the petals is outstanding, what a beautiful composition!

LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 3:26 PM

'Superb & lovely backlit floral image rendering,' Theresa. Good Show~

Regards~ Peter Wink

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 4:53 PM

Yes, I think we've had the last of the warm weather Sad A wonderful and brightly coloured close-up here, Theresa Wink
Trev Smile

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 4:54 PM

Thanks Annette and Peter.
Theresa

jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 5:47 PM

Very well taken, the background seems just right to me.
And the rest as well of course.
jon

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 7:19 PM

I like the way you have exploited the translucence of the petals, allowing shape rather than colour to the fore. Excellent composition.
Bill

saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 43913 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway25 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 7:26 PM

Love the subtle light and the 'right there in amongst them' pov, Theresa. It is different and it works a treat.

Malc

Shellio
Shellio  3 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 8:20 PM

A lovely delicate capture Theresa, the bg looks great and your signature bottom left adds to the image too, well done!
Shell

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 8:50 PM

Thanks Jon, Bill, Malc and Shell.
Theresa

morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 9:42 PM

Fantastic shot Theresa, I love the back lighting and the detail and soft pastel colours and wonderful.

Hugh

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2011 - 9:45 PM

Thank you Hugh.
Theresa

ccb
ccb  626 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2011 - 1:08 AM

I think its gorgeous, Theresa! The colors are so warm and soft. They look a bit like the top of Greek columns!
Christina

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2011 - 7:52 AM

It's the beautifful light that really lifts this shot.

Albert

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2011 - 8:57 AM

Thanks Christina and Albert.
Theresa

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2011 - 11:58 AM

Beautifully photographed, and the gray does set it off well.

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2011 - 1:26 PM

Thanks Joline.
Theresa

Suehh
Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2011 - 6:25 PM

Gorgeous! Lovely backlighting and such a gentle end of summer image.


Can you believe I opened this at about noon and it has been at this page since then on my PC and I have only now just got around to commenting!

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2011 - 7:18 PM

Thanks Sues - yes I can believe that, it's the sort of thing I do so it's good to meet a kindred spirit. In fact it gets worse - I'll be going through the gallery on my PC, leave it to go and make a cup of tea and then go in the living room and pick up the laptop, from whence I continue my gallery trawling. Hours later I come across the frozen image on the desktop PC and think, "But I'm sure I commented on that".....
Theresa

bill33
bill33  3 Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 9:41 PM

Beautiful image perfectly composed and exposed I love the soft subtle tones and the delicacy of this photograph, and your lighting adds to the complete image, very well done indeed, Bill.

marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 9:49 PM

Simply wonderful Theresa

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2011 - 11:14 PM

Thanks Bill and Mark.
Theresa

Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4594 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2011 - 2:50 PM

Cracking shot !....love the unusual point of view, & back-lighting creating it's own 'style'....1st class !

Thought I'd already commented ?....changed the 'mouse' now, 'cos the left-click maybe 'off' ?

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2011 - 4:24 PM

Thanks Keith - and thanks for coming back to comment. I wonder what happened before? I've sometimes been puzzled to find I haven't commented on an image when I was sure I had. I think it's an age thing with me, though, lol!!
Theresa

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2011 - 5:52 PM

You've caught some lovely light through the petals Theresa. I must take you up on the title though, did we really have a summer this year, unless of course you are referring to the unseasonably warm weather we had in April and early May!Wink

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2011 - 6:42 PM

Thanks Glostopcat - yes, maybe I should have called it "Goodbye to any hope of having a summer" Grin
Theresa

metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2011 - 1:47 PM

Wow! this is one o the best light and detailed blooms I have seen. Well done
Carol

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2011 - 2:03 PM

Thanks very much Carol Smile
Theresa

sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2011 - 9:51 PM

Beautiful..Lin

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2011 - 10:01 PM

Thanks Lin.
Theresa

Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2011 - 10:09 PM

wonderful light ..... love the pov and presentation

Linda

Michaela_Solway
27 Oct 2011 - 11:09 PM

A beautiful image wonderfully captured the light is sublime well done

AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2011 - 9:19 AM

Thanks Linda and Michaela

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