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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
26 Dec 2012 8:02PM
Wonderful colours, textures and great background, Ann!

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mikan 7 Romania
26 Dec 2012 8:06PM
ossca 10 England
26 Dec 2012 8:34PM
Well captured
26 Dec 2012 8:36PM
Super still life Ann,
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
26 Dec 2012 8:37PM
The hessian makes a great backcloth, Ann, and the cloves are beautifully arranged and lit. The slight vignette adds the finishing touch. Not something I've ever tried but this still life looks pretty damn good to me.

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
26 Dec 2012 8:44PM
Well arranged and presented
Jellyfire 6 41 4 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2012 8:48PM
Nicely executed
12 12 1 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2012 9:00PM
Well put together Ann, and love the favour of this shot , kinda rustic.

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2012 9:10PM
This is stunning ann top shot Wink
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
26 Dec 2012 9:35PM
I like the set up Ann - nice grouping . Something to think about - a lighter alternative.
Done a quick mod in PS. Adj Shadow/highlight and a bit of mid tone contrast to give a bit more shape to the cloves. Brushed the bg with the blur brush at 15% to try and add a bit more depth. Might not be what you wanted but I thought it worth a try.Smile
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2012 9:52PM
Now Ann we're getting somewhere.
This I like - love the textured b/g and apparent casual arrangement.
I do like bricurtis's slightly adjusted lighting (Not my strong point).
I'll look back to see what other's think but I think this is your best to date.
Don't know if Trev will be back yet to give you a mark?
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2012 10:02PM
I like the whole composition Ann, the textures, tones and hues of the Garlic working in perfect harmony alongside the hemp sacking. An image which I would love to paint.

Regards Nathan
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2012 10:31PM
Love the hessian background.
Tibetan 6 3 England
26 Dec 2012 11:12PM
Picked this out from the thumbnail Ann, I liked it right away, the light is excellent, the colours a treat and the bg. is spot on well done! love it regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
26 Dec 2012 11:15PM
Well shot, nicely arranged - when I think of garlic I always think rustic, and the background fits right into that theme.

capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2012 11:20PM
I hate garlic, but this is a beautiful image.

tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2012 11:23PM
Superb still life. Great lighting.
27 Dec 2012 3:15AM
Beautiful shape, texture and color. Deep
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
27 Dec 2012 6:16AM
Wonderful colours, shapes and textures, Ann, an excellent still life. Carol
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 7:35AM
Wonderful still - life Ann.

marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 7:37AM

Quote:The hessian makes a great backcloth, Ann, and the cloves are beautifully arranged and lit. The slight vignette adds the finishing touch. Not something I've ever tried but this still life looks pretty damn good to me.


Dave says it perfectly Ann, I love the hessian background, it works a treat!
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 7:56AM
love the back cloth
as a garlic grower and eater love the topic
and your presentation with the vignette works a dream
what more can one say ?
Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 9:04AM
I think this is a very good arrangement of the garlic cloves and the hessian works well with the subject. The left side may be a little tight and a fraction more room could have been given to the composition, but that's a question of one persons view over another. The mod was done to produce a more sculptural, 3-dimensional feel using dodge and burn techniques to deepen the shadows and accentuate the highlights. It's just another interpretation from your very good photo.

woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 9:16AM
Looks tasty enough to me, Ann Smile
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
27 Dec 2012 9:33AM
This is super. Smile
Lovely arrangement to show off all the forms
of the garlic as bulb and clove.
Very nice sacking backdrop.
Mmm make my mouth water too !

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
27 Dec 2012 10:15AM
Very rustic. Smile
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 10:15AM
Thank you Brian and Alan for your mods - I like the way you've both brought out more texture in the cloves. Thanks for your time and encouragement! Smile
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 11:32AM
Ann I think what Paintman has done has really made this a winner.
You can easily do it yourself and fingers crossed for the competition.
27 Dec 2012 11:36AM
fine texture and very natural tones captured here Ann fine work

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
27 Dec 2012 12:16PM
Excellent textures Anne, a difficult genre to excel in. Youv'e done it here !! Hope you had a great Christmas Smile
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
27 Dec 2012 12:34PM
I like this very much. Good choice of background. The slight vignetting works well here, too.
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
27 Dec 2012 12:48PM
merry Xmas & happy new Year

love this!!

superb close up
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 2:09PM
I think its a really good still life. You've chosen the bg well and the garlic is arranged thoughtfully. Like it. Happy New Year. Paul
TonyBrooks 9 72 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 2:43PM
Great detail a super still life image

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
27 Dec 2012 3:26PM
A good shot. It does benefit with a little more exposure to make the Garlic "come forward" from the background, and have the shiny places appear shiny; I would suggest the upside-down root doesnt add anything and could be removed; and a little blur on the background would be a good idea. Uploaded a mod with this done,


27 Dec 2012 4:08PM
Fantastic piece of Work Ann, you've done VERY well here.

John Smile
costas Plus
10 2 2 Greece
27 Dec 2012 6:11PM
Good shot, All the best.
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 6:24PM
Cracking shot !!!.....great subject & b/g, with lovely textures, detail & colours.....1st class !!

But I couldn't resist a mod. !.......I've 'defocused' the b/g sackcloth a bit, & induced a bit more contrast to create
a nice firm pair (?), with a bit a local sharpening, & a hint of vignette..........tasty !!!.Smile
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 7:20PM
Thanks Keith - it looks very good. I think the sackcloth does need a bit of defocussing, so you done good!! Smile Thanks for taking the time to look, modify and comment - much appreciated! Smile
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 8:54PM
Fabulous, Image, Ann, luv your composition and processing, background choice is fantastic, a brilliant piece of still life work.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
28 Dec 2012 8:27AM
I don't know how I missed this upload Ann !! This is really stunning and deserve more awards than it got Smile
Richsr 11 91 223 England
28 Dec 2012 3:30PM
Well put together and some good critique here too Ann
Regards Richard
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
28 Dec 2012 6:17PM
The net background is perfect for these richly colored garlic cloves-- looks so natural!

As to very bad sonw storms-- not so bad where I live, but the rain/sleet after/over the snow was unwelcome and bad for anyone who had to drive----melting now!
Thanks for your concern.
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 8:44PM
You have done very well with this one Ann. The composition and lighting generally are excellent although I think that darkening and defocusing the background allows the eye to focus on the subject better and creates a more atmospheric image.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
29 Dec 2012 8:09AM
First off, that is BEAUTIFUL looking garlic and I would love to finely mince a clove for a blue cheese omelette...mmmm.

Getting to the pic Grin

Ok...the set up and light are wonderful...but for me, the sack like material as a backdrop has too much texture. Too rough. Something finer/softer and less distracting would draw my eyes more to the garlic. Not just something finer/softer but a wee bit lighter in hue too.

Still a very fetching still life, Ann.

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
29 Dec 2012 8:14AM
Hmmm...I might've been wrong about what I said. 'Cos I've just looked at the Mods and I really like Paintman's background...which is darker. The garlic there looks a tad too contrasty on my monitor, though. Just a tad. But I like his background Smile
p12owe 5 101 2 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2012 9:52AM
Apologies for not voting or commenting earlier... but from the looks of it you didn't need my imput!
(I have now connected to your portfolio now as the images dissapear so quickly off the gallery pages) I think this is a cracking shot and would not dare to comment on the tecnical aspect which from my pov is excellent. If I were permitted a small observation, there is something about the top right hand corner that I find keeps leading me back to it and I think I'd rather be led to the single cloves bottom left. My initial thought was just to remove that clove with the root facing completely, but I know that these club judges love their threes, so maybe by darkening down that white root a little it would just balance up the image.

I will be searching out some sacking material and garlic myself now... but knowing me I might have to add a crucifix...... wooden stake... silver tipped bullet..... Oh stop it!!!!!

regards Peter Smile
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2012 10:44AM
Thanks for your input Peter - looking at your pf I know you'll make a brilliant job of a similar still life! I think the top right hand bulb is too bright, as you say, so back to the drawing board and my dining room studio!

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