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This one is for Ann (thorn), who recently inspired and encouraged me to dip my toesies into abstraction.

Ann, you like?

This started off as an inside view of an unfurling leaf of a Calathea lutea...a shot which I like in itself. That's V2, the straight from camera pic.

I then started playing...and ended up with V1.

View LARGE if you feel a need for more blood and veins.

A.

Camera:Canon PowerShot A630
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Nature Weeps
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:23 Aug 2009 - 10:42 AM
Tags:Digital art, Flowers & plants, Specialist / abstract
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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 10:47 AM

These should have been 2 seperate uploads as both are so very good. Love V1 with it's brilliant colours and title to match. Nice to note that Nature not only weeps but also has a heart!! Really like V2 with its "simple" image. Would so like to give this a vote for each, but sadly must settle for 1/2 vote each way. Will shortlist though.

Ann

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vickyal
vickyal  6 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2009 - 10:48 AM

Great work, V2 for me.
Vicky

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8528 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1091 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 10:51 AM

Wow! No idea how you've arrived at V1 but it's a fabulous abstract (though I was thinking 'Open wide, say Aaaaah...')
V2 is a strong, enigmatic original. Downloaded, I might have a play...
Moira

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 10:56 AM

love v1 very clever stuff, no idea how youve done it, very striking colours..lesley

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 10:59 AM

An excellent manipulation. I also like the original.
Your new portfolio header is pretty snazzy....nothing shy and retiring about itSmile

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 11:00 AM

V1 is very eye catching and the colour is so strong - love what you have done.
Joan.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 11:01 AM

Thanks, all Smile

Ann (EAS), tell you what...I'll put up V2 as a separate image for my next upload. I'll process it slightly but minimally.

Moira...play away, girl.

A Smile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 11:02 AM

LOL...thanks, Joline Smile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 11:03 AM

Ooo...Moira, I like the mod!! It's all deep and mysterious and you've lent it and the veins a really nice richness. Ta!

Smile

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iphilipenko
23 Aug 2009 - 11:39 AM

I vote for V2.
Igor

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 12:13 PM

Two stunning images, Andrew, keep on delving into abstraction, it certainly works for you! Carol

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 12:14 PM

Wonderful abstract full of symmetry, lines and colour. V2's pretty darn good too!
Barbara

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BlueRoom
BlueRoom e2 Member 873 forum postsBlueRoom vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 12:49 PM

Glorious! Colour opposites in a powerful vortex.

Eric

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 1:26 PM

A remarkable and very satisfying manipulation.
Bill

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franken
franken e2 Member 123265 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 1:49 PM

Bpth are amazing!

Ken

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 3:52 PM

Very stricking manipulation.

James

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DolphinLady
23 Aug 2009 - 3:59 PM

I love V2 Andrew, with those lovely colours & lines that only Mother Nature can create.
I also like the mod that Moira has done, making it appear deep, dark & mysterious.
Now I come to V1........what can I say , it's just extraordinary what you yourself have created...utterly stunning........wow......
I have always been in awe of Ann,s manipulations, now I add you to the list.
Hilary (*.*)x

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gingerdelight
23 Aug 2009 - 4:16 PM

A wonderful image to start off with, but V1 is spectacular - don't know how it was achieved but well done anyway!
x Carol x

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91925 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 4:26 PM

Very eye catching manipulation Andrew - the red teardrop works a treat.
Brian.

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alansdottir
23 Aug 2009 - 6:19 PM

I do like version 1 - it certainly has the 'wow' factor, super colours and a lovely design - but I have to say I'd go on V2, and process it a bit, it's an excellently composed original. Carol

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Silverzone
23 Aug 2009 - 6:26 PM

Superb V1 is eyecatching, v2 beautiful as nature intended. Sylvia

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 6:31 PM

Two super images v1 is an outstanding abstract love the vivid colours and the detail - v2 is a very good image too - Elizabeth

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 7:29 PM

Elizabeth, lovely moody mod! And no way do I mind you playing with my pics. I like the soft 'spotlight' you've done. I say 'moody' 'cos it reminds me an olden days private eye waiting under a streetlight for a contact...lol

Thanks so much to everyone else for their wonderful comments. DIdn't expect such a reception Smile

A.

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Malc_V
Malc_V  8 England
23 Aug 2009 - 7:29 PM

Nice work Andrew, very cool effect.

Malc.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2009 - 8:17 PM

Hey hey...good to see you again, Malcolm!

A Smile

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9199 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2009 - 1:00 AM

Awesome abstract.
Ty

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
24 Aug 2009 - 7:41 AM

Stunning work Andrew.
Roy

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tigertimb
tigertimb  740 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2009 - 7:42 AM

Excellent work Andrew and I've no idea how you've come up with #1. Not sure if you'll have seen Dune; but this strongly reminds me of one of the giant worms coming straight at us Smile
Tim
(I'll save my comment on #2 until it gets pride of place Wink)

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2009 - 10:52 AM

you have us all guessing and trying new things here!!
well done for that and very well done for the two photos
almost like a mystery
beautiful
Lillian

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thorn
thorn  10124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2009 - 12:19 PM

Hi Andrew,
Thankyou so much! Love V2,the macro work is cracking and what a shot to start from! You got it!!! you're a natural with a great themed abstract.......it's so good this one!Thankyou for the dedication...keep dipping the toesies......Smile
hugs,AnnSmile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2009 - 4:44 PM

Thanks, all.

Ann, I'm glad you like it...and the toesies are giving you a happy wiggle Smile

A.
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dawnmichelle
dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
24 Aug 2009 - 10:00 PM

These are terrific.. love them both !!

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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
24 Aug 2009 - 10:18 PM

That is an amazing transformation, like it very much, you clever old bean, sorry didn't mean OLD !

Nicky

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RobinF
RobinF  883 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2009 - 7:39 AM

Stunning shot! Nice manipulation work Andrew and love the title too!
kind regards,
Robin

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User_Removed
26 Aug 2009 - 9:57 AM

Andrew, beautiful art, nature weeps for mans wrongs. would make a great enviromental poster



di

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6142 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2009 - 10:28 PM

Coooool image, how you got from the original to this is a mystery to me but I love it.

Linda Wink

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JimV
JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2009 - 6:29 AM

While since I've seen such a great abstract on the site! You've nailed this one Andrew, though, like many others, I too have no idea how you did it!
Rgds., Jim

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CaroleA
CaroleA  8 England3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2009 - 12:25 PM

What can I add? - except "click"!

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baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2009 - 2:46 PM

I'm delighted to give this image my Excellent Award! Well done!
Barbara

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2009 - 3:00 PM

Top work Andrew, just what we've come to expect from a man of your calibre. I like both versions, v2 is an excellent natural abstract with all those lines and patterns and v1 demonstrates your creative genius which we all know you have in abundance

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joseph
joseph  8 England
1 Sep 2009 - 7:19 PM

Superb work mate!

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2009 - 6:23 PM

I seem to have missed one of your very best-- Love v2 as you would probably guess I would, but the manip is fantastic!

Great conception!
Jennnnn

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