After The Rain

By ColouredImages    
Picked these out of the garden yesterday after a brief shower. The light is au naturale from the left hand side of the shot as supplied by that little known summer comodity.....the sun!! Light to the lower flower is provided by a hand held torch. Natural light was reflected back onto the right hand side by a white reflector.

None of this has been manipulated as was suggested when I first uploaded the original yesterday. I simply lightened the higher flower and forgot to darken the background again.

Hope you like the finished article. If I haven't got it right this time I'll shoot myself!

LARGE and F11 is worth


Tags: Flowers and plants Flash and lighting

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A very pretty image. I like the flowers coming out of th edark. The slightly curved stems are very elegant. The vase is great and unobtrusive. A very beautiful and simple photo. JNC

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dianah 9 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 8:14PM
I recognise the vase ! Teh flowers have wonderful flowing Jean says..very elegant. A truly great composition.
Cowbags 11 436 England
25 Jun 2007 8:16PM
This is absolutely stunning. I love everything about it and can imagine it on my wall. I love the detail and the lighting. What do you use as the background?

25 Jun 2007 8:18PM
Absolutely brilliant, the vase just adds to it while not really being distracting the eye.

ashley 12 167 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 8:19PM
nice composition & a shot well executed

well done

jenquest 13 561 1 Tokelau
25 Jun 2007 8:36PM
25 Jun 2007 8:49PM
Lovely shot with great composition.

rowdy 49 11 5 England
25 Jun 2007 8:52PM
Excellent the back flower looks like it 's trying to get in front of the near one, remember The Day of the Triffids.

25 Jun 2007 8:54PM
just stunning.

rgds Bob
KBan 11 488 4 England
25 Jun 2007 9:00PM
put the gun away Mike, spot on
NevP Plus
10 853 13 Canada
25 Jun 2007 9:01PM
Even more stunning.
JohnEW 9 3
25 Jun 2007 9:05PM
Perfection in every respect.
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
25 Jun 2007 9:06PM
It's a striking image -love that vase - it steals the shot for me.
Top flower really needs more light though. imho.
tripodted 10 31 1 Northern Ireland
25 Jun 2007 9:16PM
Wow! Superb shot.
blackbird 9 159 15 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 9:23PM
that is such a photogenic vase - I wish it were mine Wink
a very eye catching image, love it
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
25 Jun 2007 9:41PM
What a lovely extraordinary vase, that makes it easier to make a lead into the beautiful flowers

keithsurey 11 13 England
25 Jun 2007 9:46PM
striking brillant shot
SherriG 9 1 England
25 Jun 2007 9:48PM
Beautiful shot.
una 12 10 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2007 10:11PM
Just beautiful.
Alan_Warriner 10 545 England
25 Jun 2007 10:18PM
DolphinLady 10 54 1 Wales
25 Jun 2007 10:20PM
Everything about this shot is 1st class.
The lighting, the vase, the positioning of those pretty flowers, & a perfect background.
Dotrob 10 Wales
25 Jun 2007 10:27PM
Lovely image.
SueWB 9 England
25 Jun 2007 10:37PM
Oooo...that beautiful vase again (can I borrow it pleeeeese?!!)
Stunning image, great lines
25 Jun 2007 10:43PM
Did not see yesterdays Mike so no comment there. This is excellent, very well lit and composed.

BeiK 10 7 Scotland
25 Jun 2007 10:45PM
Beautiful shot (so please don't shoot yourself!)
I think the lines on the vase go very well with shape of the flower head.
25 Jun 2007 11:36PM
stunning photo.

Dee Smile
stevenb Plus
12 260 6 England
25 Jun 2007 11:45PM
A well balanced image which I like a lot,

VintageRed 10 15 1 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 12:25AM
Still like it.
Mary_C 10 1 Wales
26 Jun 2007 12:47AM
Beautiful, beautiful image!
Rogerex 9 32 12 Australia
26 Jun 2007 4:07AM
A superb picture.
chrissd Plus
10 304 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 5:44AM
masterful shot Mike
LisaRose 9 172 4 United States
26 Jun 2007 6:36AM
I really love the lighting on this.

ChristineL 11 39 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 7:32AM
don't shoot yourself, it's great,
26 Jun 2007 7:44AM
Arty 13 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 7:54AM
A superb photo, well done.
chase Plus
10 1.1k 246 England
26 Jun 2007 9:00AM
Super bit of lighting Mike,I love the shape of that vase.
Coleslaw 10 13.4k 28 Wales
26 Jun 2007 10:00AM
You have done it, Mike.
well done
DiegoDesigns 10 117 6 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 10:21AM
Fine work, and many congratulations on the EC, well deserved...

dionne 11 29 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 10:29AM
This is very, very nice. The lighting is extremely effective and the composition is spot on!
stevie Plus
12 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 11:11AM
Well done Mike
tce5 11 61 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 11:51AM
Hi Mike
Totally stunning shot, I love how the lines on the vase complement the flowers. The lighting is spot on. Congrats on the EC & RC
pennyspike 13 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 12:21PM
Beautiful lines and I like your presentation.
Congrts on the EC
DYankee 10 6 United States
26 Jun 2007 2:11PM
Simple and elegant!
Dawn Smile
tull 12 181 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 3:03PM
Truly superb Mike and congrats on the EC.

26 Jun 2007 4:29PM
crisp focus - nice composition - simple and elegant
dven Plus
10 25 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 5:42PM
Brilliant shot.

conrad 11 10.9k 116
26 Jun 2007 7:53PM
Best still life I've seen in a long time! That vase and that dark background alone are stunning as a combination, but add the flowers and wow!
Pegon 10 78 1 England
26 Jun 2007 8:17PM
A beauty Mike, lovely light, nice vase too. Hope to see you Saturday, weather permitting.
chase Plus
10 1.1k 246 England
26 Jun 2007 8:55PM
Well done Mike..many congratulations !
Janet xx
Possum 9 148 England
26 Jun 2007 9:31PM
Richly deserved, Mike. This is outstanding.
MandsH 9 England
26 Jun 2007 11:18PM
This is an absolute beauty Mike and well worthy of the EC. Stunning presentation
uggyy 10 2.1k 9 Scotland
27 Jun 2007 12:14AM
touch of class.

GillyB Plus
11 317 8 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2007 12:22AM
So glad you don't have to shoot yourself Mike.....many congrats!

jkennedy 10 4 1 Indonesia
27 Jun 2007 5:29AM
A fantastic shot Mike with lighting perfection. Well done and heartiest congratulations on the EC award - so well deserved. CLIK,
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
27 Jun 2007 10:02PM
Congratulations on the EC Mike.
Guess I was wrong about the light on the top flower then Sad
Denat 8
29 Jun 2007 10:39PM
A Superb image. Very well done.
KBan 11 488 4 England
30 Jun 2007 3:00PM
well done on the E.C. Mike.............Long overdue !!!
suraj 12 India
14 Jul 2007 8:52AM
glenalva Plus
10 338 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2007 9:05AM
A elegant and delicate looking, congrats on your EC Smile

viscostatic 9 33 5 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2007 10:44AM
A really beautiful photograph.

ericfaragh 12 132 2 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2007 1:00PM
Great lighting and exposure.
rmr 8 1 Wales
10 Sep 2007 9:26PM
wow now that is a cracker,well done
wyatturp 10 2 England
14 Sep 2007 5:09PM
Well done that man

ChiliMan Plus
9 135 17 Singapore
16 Sep 2007 4:11PM
This is mindblowing, Mike. A very deserved EC Smile

Mike_Smith Plus
8 285 1 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2007 5:30PM
Total class this one mike superb well done
Mike smith
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
18 Sep 2007 4:41PM
This is incredible Mike. (.. to echo what everybody else says.) If I ever do flowers, this sort of image would be my goal.

C_Daniels 11 399 10 England
21 Sep 2007 12:18PM
Fabulous Mike and well deserved!

The lines on the vase take your eye swiftly around its form and up to the stunningly arranged and photographed flowers...
StevenPrice 11 30 2 England
3 Nov 2007 8:36PM
5 Jan 2008 5:45PM
Had to comment on this stunning image, love the light and the choice of vase complementng the flowers beautifully.
LizzieN 10 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2008 8:28PM
This is stunning. Absolutely fantastic. I'm quite jealous! But in a good way-hope one day that a picture of mine is a good as this!! Smile

whoami2b 9 1 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2008 5:55PM
Love it! The framing is also perfect.

Paddy 13 254 8 England
14 Jun 2008 7:18AM
simply beautiful SmileP

you have a beautiful portfolio, your work is a delight to look through ... Paddy
great shot mike,yes you were right about the location of my waterfall, thanks for the vote. raygregson
cassiecat 7 39 46 England
5 Jul 2008 8:10PM
this is breathtaking, everthing is spot on.
gcarth Plus
12 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2008 8:46PM
Superb! Composition and colours perfect!
Angelbabe 8 13 England
25 Aug 2008 12:12PM
This is so beautiful - absolutely perfect!
SimPick 10 545 2 Azerbaijan
29 Jun 2009 8:18PM
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, me like.

Great stuff.

ChasD 6 4 2 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2009 8:42PM
Brilliant technically and a very elegant composition.

montu 8 Bangladesh
2 Jul 2013 11:51AM

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