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Another Experiment

By conrad  
Before I start trying out different ways of improving yesterday's idea, here's a different approach to the "tulips on handmade paper on a lightbox" idea - this time with more emphasis on silhouettes and more uniform colours.

This particular piece of paper that my wife made herself was rather orange - when making it she introduced a colour into the process. I didn't like the combination with the yellow tulips, and while playing with it everything seemed to get greener and greener, and I decided in the end to go with the flow and even enhance that effect a little.

I know the frame is a bit heavy, but somehow I thought it suited the image.

But of course you're quite welcome to tell me you disagree. Or anything else you might want to say!

Thanks for looking,


Tags: Flowers Paper Background Hc Tulips Flowers and plants Highly commended

Voters: annefromleo, MediumSizeUnavailable, Pete and 22 more

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annefromleo 12 11 1 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2006 12:52AM
this works really well conrad. The composition is great and the transparent qualities of the paper make its a very special image
Well done

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16 Jan 2006 12:55AM
fantastic ! good experimenting with terrific result
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
16 Jan 2006 1:24AM
I can see members copying this technique Conrad.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
16 Jan 2006 1:27AM
Just as long as they don't perfect it before I do, Pete! Wink


AngelaR 13 155 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2006 1:38AM
Very stylish Conrad - the green silhouettes on the lit paper are impressive - HC well deserved.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
16 Jan 2006 1:41AM
Thanks, Anne, Koen, Pete and Angela. I suppose the next question is: How could I improve it further? Any suggestions welcome!

csurry 16 9.2k 92
16 Jan 2006 2:02AM
Think it works quite well Conrad, maybe even better if the tulips were full silhouettes
conrad 13 10.9k 116
16 Jan 2006 2:07AM
You mean you don't want to see any detail in the flowers, Cheryl? That's interesting, I thought it was one of the strengths of this shot (otherwise it could have been done on a scanner instead of creating the elaborate setup I used). Hmmm, I'm going to have to think about this one - and have another play. Thanks for your suggestion!

noseprints 14 576
16 Jan 2006 3:50AM
i like the subtle detail. this is a good idea too, to go the opposite way from yesterday. turned out really nice! really shows the great detail in the paper, and the composition again is beautiful and very gentle.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2006 5:02AM
Well done on the HC Conrad. This has a sort of magical feel to it, I can almost imagine the tulips dancing in the forest (too much to drink again I suppose).

For once I do like the heavy border, the colour is in keeping with the rest of the shot and assists the composition.

My only suggestion for a possible improvement would be to add some gentle directional lighting to the tulips to create a little more shadow detail on them, they are a little flat at the moment.

Look forward to seeing the next experiment.

angelamary 12 6 England
16 Jan 2006 5:08AM
Looks a little as if the tulips are floating on water and you were on a diving trip to get the shot from underneath! Interesting effect! Well caught.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
16 Jan 2006 5:19AM
Thanks, Lucy, Ian and Angela!

Ian - too much to drink? I'll try to do a pink elephant for you next! Wink

Angela - I can see how one could see this almost as a shot underwater with the tulips floating on top. There definitely are different ways to look at this. Glad you like it.

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
16 Jan 2006 5:21AM
Well done,nice to see a different approach & the determination to go with your own ideas.This one is very attractive & I love the lighting effects on that pretty paper.It reminds me of a forest canopy.
Congratulations,well deserved..many different effects to be had with this technique I would think.
maggiem Plus
13 339 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2006 5:59AM
This is just so different - I love it!!
timsmith 13 3 England
16 Jan 2006 9:56AM
A different take on a standard flower shot, i like the effect and it keeps me intrigued which does it for me!
Well done on the HC
mellyleth 14 212 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2006 1:39PM
Yes, it's suitably different. I like the colouring and the comp although I'm not too keen on the over exposed bits on the background. Congrats on the HC though, it's nice to see a different kind of flower shot.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
16 Jan 2006 10:44PM
Thanks, Janet, Maggie, Tim and Mel.

Mel - yes, the paper was a bit thin in those places and I had trouble correcting it in post processing. What I tried, showed up clearly as a correction - so I gave that up. See what you think of today's upload, in a few hours - it's different enough from this one to maybe interest you. Thanks for your candid comment, I appreciate it!

vparmar 13 7 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2006 10:53PM
excellent shot well done

Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
17 Jan 2006 3:28AM
well done, mate!

TessC 12 1 Ireland
17 Jan 2006 11:11AM
Both your Photo's are fantastic. These are very artistic, love it!
conrad 13 10.9k 116
17 Jan 2006 11:59AM
Thanks, Vinny, Cole and Tess!

himel 13 61
18 Jan 2006 4:44AM
its beautiful...

conrad 13 10.9k 116
19 Jan 2006 12:15AM
Thanks, Himel!


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