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I'm hoping someone can ID this. Is it a type of fritillary? As the title suggests, it was a pleasant surprise when my Spring bulbs came out.
Vs 1 and 2: I did a swirl on a graduated bg, added the flower, a drop shadow and frame.
V3 is the one I'd like your honest opinion on. I've had an idea to use some of my stock backgrounds for flowers, i.e. tree bark, brickwork, anything with texture. Is it over the top? My heart wasn't in blurring the wall because I love the texture, colour and moss in it, and thought the blue also echoed the flowers' colour. But should it be more subtle?
Pamela.

EDIT: Thanks to Conrad (and a few others) this is now ID'd as Fritillaria Michailovskyi/Michaelovski
Fritillary/Michael's Flower.

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9600 Zoom
Lens:macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Springtime Surprise
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:28 Jul 2008 - 11:01 AM
Tags:Bulb, Close-up / macro, Cultivated, Digitally manipulated, Flora, Flower, Flowers & plants, Hants, Hayling-island, Spring
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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
28 Jul 2008 - 11:12 AM

Beautiful flower, 3 great shots but it has to be No 1 for me, great presentation.

Nicky

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photophantom
28 Jul 2008 - 11:14 AM

Superior showmanship of skills and creativity Pamela. Very impressive manipulation and photography. Bravo!!
Dennis

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jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 11:20 AM

Super presentation.
John

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Wooly
Wooly  8112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 11:33 AM

I like the 3D effect.

Alan

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ringyneck
ringyneck  7304 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 11:44 AM

I can see what you are asking about in No3 but feel there are 2 different syles/shots together and they clash.But I love the walls colours and textures.

NO 1 is the Real GENIUS work.Love the complimentary b/g. and presentation.

Keith

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Paddy
Paddy  11254 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 11:54 AM

love no one .. a beautiful presentation .. SmileP

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Leary
Leary  7 New Zealand1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 11:59 AM

no1 is definitely the best one.

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91887 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 12:25 PM

V1 is a very pleasing on the eye.No ID I am afraid Pamela.
V3 as said above is just a clash of two separate images.I like to see flowers blended into textured b/grounds - I have done a couple myself but you will need to make layers and adj opacity and blurring in various blending modes to do that.You then have control over how much detail of the flower you would want to show through the texture.
Brian.

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 12:53 PM

No.1 for me,very nice.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom967 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 12:56 PM

V1 for me. I find the presentation in V2 a bit cold and mechanical, and in V3 the subject and background are competing for attention rather than working together.
I have these flowers in my garden. I bought the bulbs in Amsterdam labelled Snakeshead fritillary, but obviously they are not what we understand by that name.
Moira

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Photogene
Photogene  8176 forum posts Wales
28 Jul 2008 - 12:58 PM

Love what you have done with V1, beautiful presentation and so very cleverly done.

Richard

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 1:08 PM

I have a definite preference for #1 for its straightforward frame (I know it's far more complex that anything I can manage in Elements but it is not distracting like the #2 version).
The 3-D effect in #3 is great fun but the angled wall gives a rather woozy appearence to the whole - however, you're completely right to keep the brick colours and textures unblurred.
Bill

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dianah
dianah  724471 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 2:13 PM

Very special Pamela and so different. I love version 1 as the flowers are so complimented by the background.
Di

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 2:13 PM

Version one for me - like the details and tones - well captured and processed.
Regards Richard.

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graceland
graceland  92375 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 2:15 PM

Lovely *******************


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Brilane
Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 2:20 PM

Lovely pictures, great colour and presentation. Here's a well earned 30th.
Brian

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User_Removed
28 Jul 2008 - 3:02 PM

fantastic

rgds
Dave

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 3:06 PM

V1 for me, such lovely colors and framing.
Bob

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
28 Jul 2008 - 3:23 PM

It is indeed a frittilaria and a beauty also

Peter

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 4:05 PM

I think I prefer #1. Lovely image

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conrad
conrad  910873 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 4:10 PM

Looks like Fritillaria michailovskyi. Not exactly my favourite fritallary, but you've certainly made it look very good indeed. Well done! (Oh, and I prefer no. 1 as well.)

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VintageRed
28 Jul 2008 - 4:15 PM

A striking image.
Nick

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jove
jove  6 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 - 5:16 PM

Dont know what it is but it's Lovely.
Very well done.
Joe.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1577 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 5:16 PM

I'm grateful for the feedback so far, many thanks.
KEITH: I can now see that the wall and flowers are competing for attention.
BRIAN: I'm getting better at using layers, so will have a go at adjusting the background more. I do, however, still like the main flower to be "as is", so to speak.
MOIRA: I am tending to agree about V3 now. Shame it was the hardest to do! Thanks for the ID.
BILL: Glad you liked the wall, but maybe not with the flowers as well?

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brianhaslam
28 Jul 2008 - 5:21 PM

Clever background.

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sunshot
sunshot  9 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 - 6:25 PM

it's all been said Pam

wonderful set of shots and presented beautifully


marc

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RachelMB
RachelMB  842 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 6:33 PM

V1 would look great as a card. Smile
I don't really like V2 though, I'm afraid. The border just doesn't appeal to me. V3 is quite nice, but I feel that V1 is the most pleasing on the eye. Smile

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nolongeramember

pamela this is a awesome composition stunning..!!!

Nikki !

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franfoto
franfoto  6 England32 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 8:27 PM

It's great that you include the original image and shows such artistic interpretation in the finished work. Beautifully presented.
Fran

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bayleaf
bayleaf  6 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 - 9:23 PM

No. 1

John

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Glostopcat
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28 Jul 2008 - 9:25 PM

Version 1 is the winner for me, the presentation is top class

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Andree_Borrel
28 Jul 2008 - 9:28 PM

Stone the crows, this theme your on right now is superb

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rmr
rmr  7 Wales
28 Jul 2008 - 9:45 PM

wonderful capture love v1
mark

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DP_Imagery
DP_Imagery e2 Member 9DP_Imagery vcard Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 10:41 PM

V1 and v3 for me - they are truly wonderful (each in its own way) Smile Bruce

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1577 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 10:43 PM

Thankyou all, V1 seems to be the winner.
Brian (bricurtis) has kindly given me advice about selectively blurring my backgrounds, so will try it next time.

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phil_j
phil_j e2 Member 8133 forum postsphil_j vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 11:10 PM

Excellent work Pamela, #1 would make a wonderful greetings card.
Great detail colour and lighting on the flower, with a well worked background.
Top notch presentation.

Phil

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franken
franken e2 Member 113048 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2008 - 11:42 PM

Really beautiful, version 1 for me.

Ken

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whiteswan01
29 Jul 2008 - 12:44 AM

wow just stunning V1 for me love the dof
Dawn

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Skye24Blue
29 Jul 2008 - 4:10 AM

So pretty, Pamela. Love the groovy frame in V2 too.
Mac

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ChristineL
29 Jul 2008 - 7:50 AM

a lovely set of images Pamela, V1 is my favourite,
Chris.

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helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2008 - 11:30 AM

v1 for me, but its good to see the context. You've made a fine image from it.
Helen

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imagio  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2008 - 11:54 AM

Versions 1 and 2 for me Pamela

Bernie

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1577 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2008 - 7:51 PM

Many thanks to you all.

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jacekb
jacekb  6 Poland
29 Jul 2008 - 9:02 PM

I like v1 a lot

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GeorgeRusky
29 Jul 2008 - 10:35 PM

Hi Pamela
Any time I see pictures of flowers of epz most prominent authors, I say:
'Nothing could be done better, the edge of human mastery."
Then I click on your latest photo and suddenly discover something even better, that puts you ahead of others, as it was with version one in this trio.
I'm afraid, to react on your images verbally, I need a unique command of English: usual words can't express unusual beauty of your works Smile

Cheers
GR

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MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2008 - 10:40 PM

I thought I had voted for this yesterday, No1 being my favourite as I love the delicate colours of the framing
Mavis

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KangaGal
KangaGal  664 forum posts Australia
29 Jul 2008 - 11:18 PM

V1 for me too Pamela.
Jenny

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JudeC  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 7:05 AM

Lovely image - V1 for me also - Jude.

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norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 9:42 AM

Beautiful image Pamela,lovely work...............

Tony.

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viscostatic
30 Jul 2008 - 1:32 PM

The colours and tones in version 1 are stunning Pamela and complemented by great presentation.

Phil.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 1:59 PM

Ohhh Pamela,I do love the wall !!!!!!
They always make fine BGs,so why not with a flower????
It is OK in my book.
Mick.

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davidhu  8 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 2:07 PM

Fine processing here Pamela, really jumps out from the thumbnail. V2 for me.
Dave

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 2:17 PM

love the composition and presentation, got to be V1 for me

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30 Jul 2008 - 4:18 PM

Superb work Pam, #1 for me,
Geoff.

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2008 - 6:12 PM

really fine set of flower shots, i particulary like the 3rd version, they seem to bounce of the walls
ian

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m3lem
m3lem  8 England
30 Jul 2008 - 7:22 PM

Stunning.
Andrea x

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BarbaraR
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31 Jul 2008 - 8:17 AM

V1 is the most pleasing to me.
Really lovely. Aren't you clever !

B.

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1 Aug 2008 - 6:56 PM

V1 is gorgeous.....let me be 100th to say so.

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3 Aug 2008 - 10:47 PM

Super work, very well executed, but to be honest, I like the natural bg in #3 almost better - the natural colours of the wall and the mossy bits are so beautiful.
Johanna

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6 Aug 2008 - 2:50 PM

Thankyou all.
GEORGE: Lovely words.
MICK, IAN and JOHANNA: So glad you like V3, many thanks for your opinions/comments.

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28 Aug 2008 - 2:09 PM

Thankyou Nick, Pascal, Karen, Douglas, Bev, Alfred, Anddrew and Glen for your votes.

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