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Green & Pink

By Irishkate  
OK I need grounded - I've attempted a bit of grounding here but a few mods would
So thank you all for votes, comments, advice and a big thank you to Colleen for her User Award.
I like trying out more arty things on Ephotozine which wouldn't go down well at my Camera Club.
In life there are different rules wherever we go - so we go along with that.
On Ephotozine we can experiment all we like and take in all the differing opinions
and learn from everybody.
I'll expect mods and 'how to do it instructions!.

Tags: Macro Texture Flowers and plants Green bottles

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mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
12 Sep 2013 1:07AM
This is the sort of image that goes down rather well at my club Kate.
We have six different groups and this would be well accepted in the Creative Digital Group.
It is just what it says on the tin with an image being worked creatively in Photoshop.
It is not really my cup of tea,but it does make a big difference to me when I see a mounted A3 print as opposed to a projected image.I just think it looks more effective as a print,and I feel this is a good example of that here.Do you print and mount any of your images ? If not,try it and see.I think you may well be pleasantly surprised with the result !!

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Potra 5 Venezuela
12 Sep 2013 1:09AM
As I said, one more beautiful than the next. This is so tasteful, Kate, elegant and pretty.
And they are not "floating in space". (You know that's something that I taught in my Economics courses, never thought it would be useful for other aspect of my life, then...).
12 Sep 2013 1:16AM
I thought your last image was brilliant Kate. This has exceeded it by far. Certainly one for the wall. Well done
S_Psharma 5 1 India
12 Sep 2013 5:25AM
Very very beautiful still life.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
12 Sep 2013 5:37AM
A wonderful still life, Kate, love the colours. Carol
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
12 Sep 2013 5:49AM
GrinGrinGrin You're teasing us, Kate.

Brilliant image.
Could do with some nice shadows behind.
Love the feeling of floating in space.
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 6:36AM
Lovely but I'd still prefer some perspective to set them on a surface and give some depth. Unfortunately I am nowhere near my computer ( still in France) so I can't do a mod to demonstrate what I mean.
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 7:11AM
Again I like this Kate - it definitely appeals to me and I think it would grace many a wall perfectly. Smile

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
12 Sep 2013 7:14AM
Kate ,this is only my oppinion and I know that you know more than me about rules,but as the flower is verry pale I would like to see the green bg all the way to the top but fading as it reaches the top.
I hope you dont mind me say this and maybe that no one else will agree with me.
I do like your green bottles images KateSmileSmile
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 7:39AM
A nice still life Kate, but I agree with Netta, for me the top part of the B/G is overpowering the flowers, thats just meSmile

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 7:51AM
You should do what you want.....
Whose rules????
Be your own person with your own thoughts....
Follow your own instinct....people who like your work will be people who think like you
All the better
Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 7:52AM
Very well presented still life.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
12 Sep 2013 8:29AM
I like these floating bottles, Kate. They're so lovely and beautiful.
12 Sep 2013 8:36AM
A superb image, Kate.
I love to see a range of imagery.
I must experiment more in PS.
Brilliant work.
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 9:02AM
I don't know enough to advise you, Kate but I do know what I like and I think your still life is terrific. Grin
I tend to agree with Barbara's sentiment above.

12 Sep 2013 10:03AM
for me you have done well here Kate and I like it and know you do as well its your art and your enjoyment in which I share, you are always out there trying new things and looking forward you are to be commended


Ps now go get the windows
A lovely still with beautiful delicate flowers. Well done Kate.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
12 Sep 2013 10:36AM
Very artistic
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
12 Sep 2013 10:52AM
Very beautiful and fantastic image and work,Kate,very well done,
a very artistic shot, really well not worry about club judges they are only one mans opinion.Our club opened again i won't enter their comps.i have had more help from you good people so keep on SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile.

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
12 Sep 2013 12:12PM
I do find some of the comments on here a bit odd Kate, first and foremost I believe that you are trying to get images for competition and seeking peoples advice! Only to be told do what you want, if people cannot help then say nothing, In our club there are many who will not enter as they think their work is wonderful only to be told different by the judges, they then stop entering instead of taking the comment as they are meant to be, helping them to improve. Many Judges have years of experience and qualifications that they worked hard to get and most of them do a very good job! Without them there would be very few camera clubs around if there were no competitions to enter. Regarding this upload Kate it is pleasing to the eye but still not there, the shadows are beneath the bottles so giving the impression that the lighting is from above and the bottles are floating.


Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
12 Sep 2013 1:06PM
There is a certain beauty to this, but to me they definitely look like they are floating without a ground. My other (and this is just personal preference) critique is the spacing between the bottles. I prefer a more grouped look. The colors and the background are finely done but for me it needs a more solid base for the bottles to rest on.
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
12 Sep 2013 3:17PM

Quote:I thought your last image was brilliant Kate. This has exceeded it by far. Certainly one for the wall. Well done
Another great capture it

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 4:03PM
Photography makes you think, it males you see, it doesn't allow for personal prejudice or judgmentalists...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
12 Sep 2013 4:08PM
A fine composition and capture.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
12 Sep 2013 6:53PM

Quote:I like trying out more arty things on Ephotozine which wouldn't go down well at my Camera Club.

What are you basing this on Kate ? why wouldn't they go down well at Camera Club ?
I started at a local Club 3 years ago,one of the very first questions I was asked was 'what kind of images do you do ? '.my answer...'Lots of digital manipulation with layers & textures' the response to that was' you will never do well here with that kind of thing'...the first year I won the overall colour printed images category,last year I won Photographer of the year against some hefty opposition....that showed 'em !!! Wink I was determined to keep to my own style & presentation & only entered competitions with images I liked,judges do move on with the times & are much more open these days to something a bit different,so don't be afraid to show your true self within an image,maintain a good composition,decent lighting,interesting subject matter etc & never ever be afraid to be different....I was brave,it was scary but I survived ! Wink
This is 'different' & you have given lots of thought to your presentation,well done ! For me the bottles are a touch far apart & could do with grouping a wee bit closer together,that way you could perhaps have a go at a portrait presentation which would go better with the shape & height of the pretty bottles.
As for the grounding's all about light & shadow isn't it? these bottles do look as tho they are floating or,my first thought...that they were photographed on a sheet of glass.To ground the bottles better,the shadows need to be 'attached' to the bottles,they aren't here as they are underneath the bottles but separated from them,thus giving a floating effect.Try using the burn tool on a low opacity & on a separate layer....I'll have a go at a mod but I'm not promising a
12 Sep 2013 7:01PM
I still love it - and that's me looking for the second time!SmileSmileSmile

Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 7:46PM
Beautiful shot !!.....lovely set-up & arrangement !!

I've added a mod.....again with shadows, but with an added 'textured-base' for the bottles to sit on...........

All done in Elements 8, in about 15mins......'how-to' instructions are difficult without knowing your processing
Your bottles are causing quite a stir.. This s not something I could do, but always appreciate the time & work that goes into cresting this look.. I like the colour combos of- course..
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
12 Sep 2013 9:59PM
A beatuiful and artistic still life image Kate, I agree with Lynne that a surface to place them on is needed to make this image even better.
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 11:11PM
I couldn't possibly add to all the excellent advice here - certainly got people interested.
13 Sep 2013 5:15PM
Beautiful still life images.
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
13 Sep 2013 10:32PM
I think Walter missed this one. The levitator would approve of these hovering bottles.. Or did you send them on a course for transcendental meditation?
Well played and a perfect illusion.
20 Sep 2013 11:32PM
A lot to like in this one, Kate. The bottles are certainly "floating" and need shadows to give them a base. An excellent exponent of digital fine art photography gave me this tip re adding a shadow. I quote: "a fine dark line around the base of the object (bottle, lamp post or whatever) sits it firmly on the ground. Then draw out the shadow away from the direction of the light, gradually fading it out as it recedes. Do all this on a separate layer, ABOVE the image you want the shadow on. That way, if you mess up, you can bin that layer and try again without messing up your photo."
Hope this helps?

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