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Goodbye Summer

By AshTree
Ah well it was a nice little blip in the weather last week, but it's all over now. Still, we have our memories.... and our photos Smile. Here's one of a gazania which I hope will bring a little sun into your lives Smile

Thanks for looking and for your continued interest in my images - it is really appreciated.


EDIT: After much discussion, I've changed the background colour to a soft grey, at Joan's (Emjaycee) suggestion. I think it's better than the yellow - thanks Joan Smile

Tags: Summer Flowers and plants Gazania

Voters: RonnieAG, andylea, Paw67 and 47 more

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
5 Oct 2011 12:22PM
Excellent close-up with good and effective use of back lighting, Theresa.
You have chosen a yellow EPZ background to set it against: I think this takes away from the excellence of the image, and had you chosen black, or at least a tone other than yellow, the beauty of this shot would have shone forth even more.
Just my thoughts.

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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 12:24PM
brilliant detail theresa wonderful colours and light a beautiful way to say goodbye to summer a cracker nice one Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 12:31PM
Lovely subtle composition, avoiding the obvious.
5 Oct 2011 12:41PM
Beautiful light and colours Theresa, fabulous pov.
Ayoob 7 Australia
5 Oct 2011 12:43PM
Gorgous shot ,beautiful colour,light and well presentation........Grin
5 Oct 2011 12:54PM
Truly and utterly beautiful image. The POV and comp just make this so wonderfully different and so beautiful..Jo
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
5 Oct 2011 12:54PM
Stop being such a killjoy Theresa.
Just think of all these snow,frost,and icicle pictures we can take soon.
And that is after you have wiped the snow,frost and icicles of yourself !!
Good Summer pic' here.
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
5 Oct 2011 12:59PM
Thanks Ronnie, Andy, Moira, Tony, Ayoob, Jo and Mick.

Ronnie, you wouldn't believe how hard I found it to select a bg colour!! I went for the usual black at first but it actually did nothing for it, far too overwhelming against these delicate colours. So then I went through so many colours and settled for this. Like you, I'm not convinced it's the right choice, but it seemed better than anything I tried - all shades of blue, all shades of green... all shades of the entire colour wheel!!!!
bertie1983 6 12 England
5 Oct 2011 1:01PM
love the pov!
great shotSmile
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 1:14PM
Fabulous close up and composition. Great image. I sympathise about the background colour; sometimes it's just easier to resort to black! Smile
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 1:19PM
Beautifully captured Theresa - a gorgeous image.
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
5 Oct 2011 1:19PM
Thanks Bertie and Ann.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 1:34PM
Theresa that's a beautiful image, the backlighting and pov superb. The background does tend to fight with the image, but hey its such a beautiful image it wins the contest. (I frequently struggle with backgrounds and frames etc etc lol). Carole
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 1:36PM
I am also not sure about the background .... but tend to think I would have chosen this as well
A fab image ....
frz67 8 10 32 Italy
5 Oct 2011 1:40PM
fantastic light and details, Theresa and great composition.
about the bg, the only minor thing is that blue/green strip in the upper part.

AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
5 Oct 2011 1:56PM
Thanks Carole, Barbara and Francesco.
You're absolutely right Francesco - I should have cloned that out, or moved it before taking the shot. It's probably a garden support of some kind!
9 10 10 England
5 Oct 2011 2:22PM
Love this shot Theresa with it's beautiful light. Would a very soft grey have been a better background colour? Then the colour of the petals would have been more prominent. Know what you mean though, you can drive yourself up the wall sometimes trying to select the right shade, and the more you try the more frustating it can be!!!
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
5 Oct 2011 3:00PM
Thanks Joan - you might be right about that soft grey, thanks Smile
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
5 Oct 2011 3:12PM
the delicate texture in the petals is outstanding, what a beautiful composition!
LexEquine 12 19 United States
5 Oct 2011 3:26PM
'Superb & lovely backlit floral image rendering,' Theresa. Good Show~

Regards~ Peter Wink
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
5 Oct 2011 4:53PM
Yes, I think we've had the last of the warm weather Sad A wonderful and brightly coloured close-up here, Theresa Wink
Trev Smile
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
5 Oct 2011 4:54PM
Thanks Annette and Peter.
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 5:47PM
Very well taken, the background seems just right to me.
And the rest as well of course.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 7:19PM
I like the way you have exploited the translucence of the petals, allowing shape rather than colour to the fore. Excellent composition.
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
5 Oct 2011 7:26PM
Love the subtle light and the 'right there in amongst them' pov, Theresa. It is different and it works a treat.

Shellio 7 2 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 8:20PM
A lovely delicate capture Theresa, the bg looks great and your signature bottom left adds to the image too, well done!
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
5 Oct 2011 8:50PM
Thanks Jon, Bill, Malc and Shell.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 9:42PM
Fantastic shot Theresa, I love the back lighting and the detail and soft pastel colours and wonderful.

AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
5 Oct 2011 9:45PM
Thank you Hugh.
User_Removed 9 26 2 United States
6 Oct 2011 1:08AM
I think its gorgeous, Theresa! The colors are so warm and soft. They look a bit like the top of Greek columns!
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
6 Oct 2011 7:52AM
It's the beautifful light that really lifts this shot.

AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
6 Oct 2011 8:57AM
Thanks Christina and Albert.
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
6 Oct 2011 11:58AM
Beautifully photographed, and the gray does set it off well.
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
6 Oct 2011 1:26PM
Thanks Joline.
Suehh 11 39 6 England
6 Oct 2011 6:25PM
Gorgeous! Lovely backlighting and such a gentle end of summer image.

Can you believe I opened this at about noon and it has been at this page since then on my PC and I have only now just got around to commenting!
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
6 Oct 2011 7:18PM
Thanks Sues - yes I can believe that, it's the sort of thing I do so it's good to meet a kindred spirit. In fact it gets worse - I'll be going through the gallery on my PC, leave it to go and make a cup of tea and then go in the living room and pick up the laptop, from whence I continue my gallery trawling. Hours later I come across the frozen image on the desktop PC and think, "But I'm sure I commented on that".....
bill33 Plus
7 36 1 Scotland
8 Oct 2011 9:41PM
Beautiful image perfectly composed and exposed I love the soft subtle tones and the delicacy of this photograph, and your lighting adds to the complete image, very well done indeed, Bill.
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2011 9:49PM
Simply wonderful Theresa
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
8 Oct 2011 11:14PM
Thanks Bill and Mark.
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2011 2:50PM
Cracking shot ! the unusual point of view, & back-lighting creating it's own 'style'....1st class !

Thought I'd already commented ?....changed the 'mouse' now, 'cos the left-click maybe 'off' ?
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
9 Oct 2011 4:24PM
Thanks Keith - and thanks for coming back to comment. I wonder what happened before? I've sometimes been puzzled to find I haven't commented on an image when I was sure I had. I think it's an age thing with me, though, lol!!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
10 Oct 2011 5:52PM
You've caught some lovely light through the petals Theresa. I must take you up on the title though, did we really have a summer this year, unless of course you are referring to the unseasonably warm weather we had in April and early May!Wink
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
10 Oct 2011 6:42PM
Thanks Glostopcat - yes, maybe I should have called it "Goodbye to any hope of having a summer" Grin
metro074 8 8 Australia
11 Oct 2011 1:47PM
Wow! this is one o the best light and detailed blooms I have seen. Well done
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
11 Oct 2011 2:03PM
Thanks very much Carol Smile
12 Oct 2011 9:51PM
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
12 Oct 2011 10:01PM
Thanks Lin.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2011 10:09PM
wonderful light ..... love the pov and presentation

A beautiful image wonderfully captured the light is sublime well done
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
28 Oct 2011 9:19AM
Thanks Linda and Michaela

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