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By chase
Went shopping earlier today, the Caulis looked nice and fresh and at 49p I had to have one but, when I got it home I thought it deserved a little more attention.
A 3 frame HDR taken in daylight, combined in Lightroom and finished in Photoshop.
Converted in Nik Silver with a few tweaks Wink

The version has a drop more light to the left of the frame and a bit darker on the Cauliflower leaves.

I wanted the light to hit the Cauliflower with less on the old scales and the wooden base, I like dark, and I even added a bit of grain....oooerrr Wink
My mono skills are not tested enough so here's one Wink

Thanks for getting this far.
Constructive critique and mods welcome.
Janet xx

Tags: Still life Vegetable Black and white Hdr Daylight Scales Cauliflower

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Chinga Plus
12 123 3 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2022 2:55PM
I like the old scales and the overall image...
Very good, Isabel GrinGrin
Saastad 4 16 17 Norway
11 Feb 2022 3:10PM
Lovely light and fine processing too.

Arne Smile
11 Feb 2022 5:02PM
Great.....caulis are wonderful things.....until you eat themGrinTongue
SlowSong Plus
14 10.8k 30 England
11 Feb 2022 5:14PM
It's going to sing in a minute. Grin Is it called Audrey?
Fefe Plus
11 84 51 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2022 5:17PM
A cauli that is waving , and it is a contortionist as it is scratching its chin too at the same side.😯
Are you having it with mash and gravy? Some nice sausage?
I hope you are not spoiling it by adding that yucky cheese sauce stuff TongueTongueTongue
The lead for me please, I like that you can see all the cauli Smile
James124 Plus
8 73 57 Portugal
11 Feb 2022 6:26PM
I found this a bit dull and lacking in contrast, so I did a mod to try and rectify that. My taste, just a suggestion, I usually find B&W conversions need to have more contrast then colour to separate the tones. I hope you like it.

I love cauliflower cheese and included in a veggie pasta sauce.
woolybill1 Plus
16 39 79 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2022 6:51PM
A fab idea, Janet, and a super-excellent b&w treatment. I'm now imagining it with bacon and cheese - hot, of course - but that would ruin the picture!

banehawi Plus
19 2.9k 4354 Canada
11 Feb 2022 7:14PM
I would think it may be worth removing the leaf on the left?
chase Plus
17 2.5k 676 England
11 Feb 2022 7:48PM
Aww Willie, I like the waving leaf, I did a couple without but I set it free Blush
Thanks for the mods, it does look better in the toned version without the waving arm though, I think straight forward mono with no wave looks a tad straight forward for me Wink

Quote: Is it called Audrey?

Lol, it is now Wink

Diane, I am going to draw a face on the Cauli, just so I can see where it is scratching Wink

James, that's a great mod, thank you and I like the tones too Smile

Bill, thank you so much for your UA, very complimentary for a B&W.

I never know where to stop with B&W conversions, one teeny step too far and the image is ruined. I must do more ....maybe....Blush

There will be another, perhaps, but not mono Sad

Janet xx
I like the lead best Janet and I like the the choice of subject. The light is perfect and the mono works well.
cooky Plus
19 6 11 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2022 10:33PM
The lead for me and such lovely detail and textures. Love cauli!

TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
12 Feb 2022 12:23PM
A lovely presentation, Janet, like the 'waving' leaf! 😁 Like both, but think the version just wins 👍🏻
Trev 😀
Fenfotos 7 36 3 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2022 2:04PM
Its a great image, but I find it rather macabre. For me, it is more than faintly reminiscent of a scene from a post mortem with the pathologist weighing the deceased brains on a pair of scales. I have never seen a cauliflower in that way before, but you seem to have caught the resemblance. The waving leaf is essential to dissipate my rather morbid view.

I'm always looking for images that show me the familiar in a new and unfamiliar way, so I absolutely have to give you an award for this.

chase Plus
17 2.5k 676 England
12 Feb 2022 6:31PM
Thanks all.
Helen and Peter, wonderful to have your UAs, thank you.

Peter, I never considered the possible macabre slide to this, thank you for airing your thoughts and I so see where your mind has led you.
Janet xx
chase Plus
17 2.5k 676 England
13 Feb 2022 1:13PM
Hi Somnath, great to have your UA, many thanks.
Janet xx

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