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Before I start trying out different ways of improving yesterday's idea, here's a different approach to the "tulips on handmade paper on a lightbox" idea - this time with more emphasis on silhouettes and more uniform colours.

This particular piece of paper that my wife made herself was rather orange - when making it she introduced a colour into the process. I didn't like the combination with the yellow tulips, and while playing with it everything seemed to get greener and greener, and I decided in the end to go with the flow and even enhance that effect a little.

I know the frame is a bit heavy, but somehow I thought it suited the image.

But of course you're quite welcome to tell me you disagree. Or anything else you might want to say!

Thanks for looking,

Conrad

Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:Canon EF 50 mm 1.8 Mk I
Recording media:Digital
Title:Another Experiment
Username:conrad conrad
Uploaded:16 Jan 2006 - 12:44 AM
Tags:Background, Flowers, Flowers & plants, Hc, Highly commended, Paper, Tulips
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annefromleo
16 Jan 2006 - 12:52 AM

this works really well conrad. The composition is great and the transparent qualities of the paper make its a very special image
Well done
Anne

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MediumSizeUnavailable

fantastic ! good experimenting with terrific result

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318433 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2006 - 1:24 AM

I can see members copying this technique Conrad.

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conrad
conrad  1010873 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2006 - 1:27 AM

Just as long as they don't perfect it before I do, Pete! Wink

Thanks...

Conrad

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AngelaR
AngelaR  9155 forum posts United Kingdom
16 Jan 2006 - 1:38 AM

Very stylish Conrad - the green silhouettes on the lit paper are impressive - HC well deserved.

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conrad  1010873 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2006 - 1:41 AM

Thanks, Anne, Koen, Pete and Angela. I suppose the next question is: How could I improve it further? Any suggestions welcome!

Conrad

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2006 - 2:02 AM

Think it works quite well Conrad, maybe even better if the tulips were full silhouettes

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conrad  1010873 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2006 - 2:07 AM

You mean you don't want to see any detail in the flowers, Cheryl? That's interesting, I thought it was one of the strengths of this shot (otherwise it could have been done on a scanner instead of creating the elaborate setup I used). Hmmm, I'm going to have to think about this one - and have another play. Thanks for your suggestion!

Conrad

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noseprints  10576 forum posts
16 Jan 2006 - 3:50 AM

i like the subtle detail. this is a good idea too, to go the opposite way from yesterday. turned out really nice! really shows the great detail in the paper, and the composition again is beautiful and very gentle.

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2006 - 5:02 AM

Well done on the HC Conrad. This has a sort of magical feel to it, I can almost imagine the tulips dancing in the forest (too much to drink again I suppose).

For once I do like the heavy border, the colour is in keeping with the rest of the shot and assists the composition.

My only suggestion for a possible improvement would be to add some gentle directional lighting to the tulips to create a little more shadow detail on them, they are a little flat at the moment.

Look forward to seeing the next experiment.


Ian

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angelamary
16 Jan 2006 - 5:08 AM

Looks a little as if the tulips are floating on water and you were on a diving trip to get the shot from underneath! Interesting effect! Well caught.

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conrad  1010873 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2006 - 5:19 AM

Thanks, Lucy, Ian and Angela!

Ian - too much to drink? I'll try to do a pink elephant for you next! Wink

Angela - I can see how one could see this almost as a shot underwater with the tulips floating on top. There definitely are different ways to look at this. Glad you like it.

Conrad

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chase Critique Team 81116 forum postschase vcard England235 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2006 - 5:21 AM

Well done,nice to see a different approach & the determination to go with your own ideas.This one is very attractive & I love the lighting effects on that pretty paper.It reminds me of a forest canopy.
Congratulations,well deserved..many different effects to be had with this technique I would think.
Janet

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16 Jan 2006 - 5:59 AM

This is just so different - I love it!!
Maggie

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timsmith  9 England
16 Jan 2006 - 9:56 AM

A different take on a standard flower shot, i like the effect and it keeps me intrigued which does it for me!
Well done on the HC
Tim

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mellyleth
mellyleth  10212 forum posts United Kingdom
16 Jan 2006 - 1:39 PM

Yes, it's suitably different. I like the colouring and the comp although I'm not too keen on the over exposed bits on the background. Congrats on the HC though, it's nice to see a different kind of flower shot.

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conrad  1010873 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2006 - 10:44 PM

Thanks, Janet, Maggie, Tim and Mel.

Mel - yes, the paper was a bit thin in those places and I had trouble correcting it in post processing. What I tried, showed up clearly as a correction - so I gave that up. See what you think of today's upload, in a few hours - it's different enough from this one to maybe interest you. Thanks for your candid comment, I appreciate it!

Conrad

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vparmar  9 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2006 - 10:53 PM

excellent shot well done

vinny

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17 Jan 2006 - 3:28 AM

well done, mate!

cole

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TessC  8 Ireland
17 Jan 2006 - 11:11 AM

Both your Photo's are fantastic. These are very artistic, love it!

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conrad  1010873 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2006 - 11:59 AM

Thanks, Vinny, Cole and Tess!

Conrad

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himel  961 forum posts
18 Jan 2006 - 4:44 AM

its beautiful...

Himel

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conrad  1010873 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2006 - 12:15 AM

Thanks, Himel!

Conrad

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