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This gerbera has turned it's back on traditional ideas about flower photography - like full frontal views. And on the ideas of people who claim that taking photographs of flowers is the easiest thing there is. (Fortunately not all the flowers I photograph are that obstinate - I do like a frontal or sideways view now and then...) Wink
I shot this gerbera with my wife's 300D, using a tube light, a halogen light shining through a white umbrella, and a tripod.
Cleaned up the image in PS, adjusted saturation and light, and added a border.
The extra white space on the left is intentional - I didnt want to have the flower dead center this time.

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:Sigma 105 mm macro DG
Recording media:Digital
Title:Back is Beautiful
Username:conrad conrad
Uploaded:22 Nov 2004 - 1:33 AM
Tags:Back, Flower, Flowers & plants, Gerbera, Hc, Highly commended
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hermin
hermin  10 Israel
22 Nov 2004 - 1:36 AM

a different point of view. good composition

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aussie
aussie  9
22 Nov 2004 - 1:38 AM

I like how you have captured the flower off centre and turned it backwards. Very creative!! Colour, clarity and overall photo is brilliant. Well done.
CLICK

Lydia / Australia

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nell
nell  10
22 Nov 2004 - 1:40 AM

Fantastic shot Smile)

Lucy

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riprap007
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2004 - 1:46 AM

great composition, I always think that the back of a flower is very photogenic, though have not tried this as yet, well done, click

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yuki
yuki  10
22 Nov 2004 - 1:58 AM

Very interesting phot, I like the idea of taking the picture from the back, very well thought and original.

Yuki

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shidee
shidee  10
22 Nov 2004 - 2:11 AM

beautiful, creative shot.

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sugar jones
22 Nov 2004 - 2:14 AM

Very striking image conrad! Great composition I like it off centre.
*clcik
SugarJ

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helena
helena  10134 forum posts United Kingdom
22 Nov 2004 - 2:18 AM

A beautiful image, well done Tara x

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answersonapostcard Site Moderator 1012602 forum postsanswersonapostcard vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2004 - 2:27 AM

Its beautiful. K.

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shane
shane  10 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2004 - 3:10 AM

Excellent image. Love the presentation

Click
shane

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matmonty
matmonty  9120 forum posts United Kingdom
22 Nov 2004 - 3:59 AM

Excellent shot, like the colours and composition.
Click.

Mat

Thanks for your comments on my shots

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bennybedlam
22 Nov 2004 - 4:05 AM

good use of photoshop, nice image and great simple border.

ben

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junglecat
junglecat  10
22 Nov 2004 - 4:18 AM

Cracking shot.

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paulstefan
22 Nov 2004 - 4:37 AM

Excellent image Conrad - presented and composed really well
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Paul

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suleesia
suleesia  10176 forum posts Malaysia
22 Nov 2004 - 4:55 AM

Beautiful back it is.
Excellent work.
Su

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ardbeg77
ardbeg77  101214 forum posts Sao Tome and Principe6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2004 - 5:06 AM

Works very well Conrad. Like the colour contrasts and the space. Nice one.
Steve

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ChrisRodgers
22 Nov 2004 - 5:47 AM

Brillant composition
Well done
Chris

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chrisbooth
22 Nov 2004 - 6:10 AM

Great pic, also looks like a cloured drawing
click

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Cat&Mouse
Cat&Mouse  11101 forum posts Russian Federation
22 Nov 2004 - 6:32 AM

Great lighting and fine details,
well done.

Malik & Mary.

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devon-photographic

Great shot. Nice to see the back of a flower for a change. Click

Jules

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jan 1
jan 1  10 Netherlands
22 Nov 2004 - 7:10 AM

Great job, Conrad.
I like the tittle too. Better than Bottom Up.! lol
Jan

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annaliese
annaliese  9421 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2004 - 7:43 AM

very well done!

annaliese Smile

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akh e2 Member 101142 forum postsakh vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2004 - 8:29 AM

Nice work Conrad, I too like photographing flowers from the back and will be uploading one or two from a series I've been doing involving a sunflower over the next few days.
Tony

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icafe  11 Canada
22 Nov 2004 - 9:02 AM

Wonderful colours and detail. Like the composition and simple matching border too. Click.
Arthur

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tigs  9145 forum posts Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2004 - 9:12 AM

a beautiful image, lovely lighting
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arnieg  10682 forum posts England
22 Nov 2004 - 10:11 AM

great colour and detail
arnie

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sun yin
sun yin  10
22 Nov 2004 - 11:27 AM

Nice colour,nice detail,nice work!
Steven

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jasonewell
22 Nov 2004 - 12:06 PM

Unusual angle and composition.
Jason

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2004 - 12:21 PM

Thank you all for your comments, they are very encouraging.

Conrad

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speeedyblue2
22 Nov 2004 - 1:11 PM

Yes I like a side and back view now and again Contrad! This is beautiful, wonderful lighting and great composition, lovely work.

Mary

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Daisy_intheMill
22 Nov 2004 - 1:20 PM

Well done for being different! It works.
Jude

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Isabelle
Isabelle  936 forum posts
22 Nov 2004 - 1:53 PM

Back is very beautiful!

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itinerario
itinerario  1142 forum posts Netherlands
23 Nov 2004 - 3:52 AM

Minimalistic, but inspiring. Nice colours.

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bassan
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23 Nov 2004 - 1:19 PM

good work

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noelyboy
noelyboy  1089 forum posts
24 Nov 2004 - 3:13 AM

Inspired. The whole presentation and clarity is excellent.

click.

Noel

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grahammul
grahammul  11120 forum posts United Kingdom
28 Nov 2004 - 6:18 AM

Good colour and form on the flower and I like the stark background.
Regards,
Graham.

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Ian-Jones e2 Member 10129 forum postsIan-Jones vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2004 - 6:11 AM

Nice idea and a very well composed, colourful, and above all, clean shot.

Ian

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10 Dec 2004 - 2:30 PM

Ecellent shot Conrad,and well presented """"click"""".
Barry.

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grom
grom  9239 forum posts
11 Dec 2004 - 12:24 PM

like this,allways looking for different vewpoints but never thought of the back of flower,works well...ps love "freedom of speech pic" and dog running (your pic ....forget name)

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wbudde  9 United States
15 Dec 2004 - 7:01 AM

Amazing shot. Very well done. Click.....

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StevenPrice
29 Dec 2004 - 10:02 AM

Excellent shot. i like the colours and composition Well done

Steve~Click

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davidbailie e2 Member 11451 forum postsdavidbailie vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2004 - 5:57 PM

Unusual and attractive

Click

Happy New Year

Dave

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sinzine
sinzine  937 forum posts United Kingdom
6 Jan 2005 - 10:50 AM

Great Shot.

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owenclarke  1092 forum posts
23 Jan 2005 - 4:43 PM

very original. like this a lot, good thinking

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yuki
yuki  10
25 Jan 2005 - 3:36 AM

a stunning photo, i love the composition and the fact it is taken from the back, great work.

Yuki

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ozimax
ozimax  10
27 Jan 2005 - 7:28 PM

Simple and amazing, frame it and hang it somewhere, Max

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michaelmullally
16 Feb 2005 - 7:47 AM

Beautiful, vivid shot! Nice perspective.
Thanks for your posting - had a few negative comments on the text, but I think it balances the composition, and just had fun playing with layer styles and so on... :-P

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triophoto
triophoto  10
26 Jun 2005 - 10:21 AM

Fantastic shot.

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2005 - 10:33 AM

Bright and sharp, lovely crispness.

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2005 - 12:05 PM

Thanks, everyone!

Conrad

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Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2005 - 6:29 AM

nice composition. different angle. good one.
how did u do the white background?
(u can send email to me if u want to.)

cole

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2005 - 10:09 AM

Thanks, Cole. I'll reply by e-mail.

Conrad

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Take-a-View
9 Mar 2008 - 5:44 PM

Simple composition but very effective.

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2008 - 3:03 PM

Thanks!

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