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One of the huge Poppies that grow happily in my garden.
I have wanted to photograph one of them for a while but I needed to do something different....where this came from I don't know but here it is...a Poppy with a difference Wink
I started with the Poppy in the glass bottle,but it all collapsed & the bottle tried to escape...water everywhere !! I mopped most of the water up but decided to leave the bottle.

Lit with a couple of small light boxes against a light bg.
Dropped on a few textured layers in photoshop.

Work in progress I think here,I feel something is missing but don't know what...suggestions gratefully accepted.

Thanks for taking the time to look/comment.
Janet xx

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:105.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Jun 2012 - 5:34 PM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:3sec
Exposure Comp:-2.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:The Great Escape
Username:chase chase
Uploaded:20 Jun 2012 - 6:21 PM
Tags:Bottle, Cage, Digitally manipulated, Escape, Flash / lighting, Flowers & plants, Poppy, Red, Specialist / abstract
Votes:36
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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
20 Jun 2012 - 6:35 PM

Like in a dream. beautiful *****
Cor.

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senn
senn e2 Member 3senn vcard Belgium1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 6:40 PM

subtle compo ..well executed

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JenniCh
JenniCh  932 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 6:53 PM

I love this, it's a great composition and I love the 'caged' poppy which works very well, personally I don't think it actually needs the bottle, but I do like the open cage door - beautifully done!

Jenni

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2012 - 6:54 PM

Brilliant
Jim

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England240 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 6:59 PM

Thanks all.
Jenni,you may be right,perhaps rather than me thinking something is missing there is one element too much !
Janet xx

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 534 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 7:41 PM

great image,i'm with the no bottle idea
rgds
jeremy

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20 Jun 2012 - 7:43 PM

I don't agree with the need to reduce the elements in this shot. There is a mysterious story going on here that is intriguing. I like this one as it is. I can't think of anything to improve it.
-=\Walter

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Suehh
Suehh  739 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 7:54 PM

Love this - so clever and original - the open door especially makes it for me - very mysterious.

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England240 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 8:26 PM


Quote: I don't agree with the need to reduce the elements

The Jury is out then I guess Wink

Thanks everyone.
Janet xx

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 9:00 PM

Thats a great poppy Janet - I think in a bottle would have been good.(without running water).Smile
To add or omit - a conundrum. I like the butterfly decor on the cage - perhaps a large coloured real one inside may work.
Brian.

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England240 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 9:09 PM


Quote: a large coloured real one inside

Good idea Brian..all I have to do it catch one Wink...'tis a good idea though Smile

Thanks everyone.
Janet xx

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 10:13 PM

Like the muted tones and good details Janet
Regards Richard

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2012 - 10:27 PM

A lovely whimsical image. I especially like the colours
warm and cool, then brought together with the texture.
Top marks for originality.
KateGrin

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21 Jun 2012 - 9:02 AM

Nice work Janet
Steve

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gazlowe
gazlowe  2 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2012 - 1:51 PM

loving this

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73885 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2012 - 11:34 PM

I do hope I'm reading too much into this Janet, bottle (empty !!) unstoppered, out of the cage ...and a very dominant red poppy (or does the poppy signify hope, the first thing to regrow ?)

As for the aesthetics, I'm not keen on bottom right hand corner - it draws the eye out of the frame. And if it is symbolism your after, wouldn't the stopper suffice?

All that aside, I still like the image. Why? well it made me stop and think, not just a still lif but an image with depth, meaning and for that I will give it my UA, which despite been available daily, I only give out once in a blue moon.

Last Modified By Nick_w at 1 Jul 2012 - 11:37 PM

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England240 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2012 - 10:37 PM

Hi Nick,thanks for your coveted UA.
Meanings..... you have most of my inner thoughts correct...the RHS...well...there's the escape into the light but the way is barred ! so,it did it's job in drawing your gaze.The stopper has to be there or else the empty bottle has no significance & just becomes an empty bottle.
There was a real nice blue moon a couple of nights ago Wink
Janet xx

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