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Back is Beautiful

By conrad  
This gerbera has turned it's back on traditional ideas about flower photography - like full frontal views. And on the ideas of people who claim that taking photographs of flowers is the easiest thing there is. (Fortunately not all the flowers I photograph are that obstinate - I do like a frontal or sideways view now and then...) Wink
I shot this gerbera with my wife's 300D, using a tube light, a halogen light shining through a white umbrella, and a tripod.
Cleaned up the image in PS, adjusted saturation and light, and added a border.
The extra white space on the left is intentional - I didnt want to have the flower dead center this time.

Tags: Back Hc Gerbera Flower Flowers and plants Highly commended

Voters: hermin, aussie, riprap007 and 47 more

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22 Nov 2004 1:36AM
a different point of view. good composition

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22 Nov 2004 1:38AM
I like how you have captured the flower off centre and turned it backwards. Very creative!! Colour, clarity and overall photo is brilliant. Well done.

Lydia / Australia
nell Plus
13 22
22 Nov 2004 1:40AM
Fantastic shot Smile)

riprap007 Plus
13 1.6k 37 England
22 Nov 2004 1:46AM
great composition, I always think that the back of a flower is very photogenic, though have not tried this as yet, well done, click
22 Nov 2004 1:58AM
Very interesting phot, I like the idea of taking the picture from the back, very well thought and original.

22 Nov 2004 2:11AM
beautiful, creative shot.
22 Nov 2004 2:14AM
Very striking image conrad! Great composition I like it off centre.
helena Plus
14 134 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2004 2:18AM
A beautiful image, well done Tara x
22 Nov 2004 2:27AM
Its beautiful. K.
shane Plus
13 7 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2004 3:10AM
Excellent image. Love the presentation

matmonty Plus
13 136 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2004 3:59AM
Excellent shot, like the colours and composition.


Thanks for your comments on my shots
22 Nov 2004 4:05AM
good use of photoshop, nice image and great simple border.

22 Nov 2004 4:18AM
Cracking shot.
paulstefan Plus
13 509 1 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2004 4:37AM
Excellent image Conrad - presented and composed really well
suleesia Plus
13 176 Malaysia
22 Nov 2004 4:55AM
Beautiful back it is.
Excellent work.
ardbeg77 Plus
13 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
22 Nov 2004 5:06AM
Works very well Conrad. Like the colour contrasts and the space. Nice one.
Brillant composition
Well done
22 Nov 2004 6:10AM
Great pic, also looks like a cloured drawing
22 Nov 2004 6:32AM
Great lighting and fine details,
well done.

Malik & Mary.
22 Nov 2004 7:04AM
Great shot. Nice to see the back of a flower for a change. Click

jan 1 Plus
13 12 Netherlands
22 Nov 2004 7:10AM
Great job, Conrad.
I like the tittle too. Better than Bottom Up.! lol
annaliese Plus
13 421 1 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2004 7:43AM
very well done!

annaliese Smile
akh Plus
13 1.2k 5 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2004 8:29AM
Nice work Conrad, I too like photographing flowers from the back and will be uploading one or two from a series I've been doing involving a sunflower over the next few days.
icafe Plus
14 19 Canada
22 Nov 2004 9:02AM
Wonderful colours and detail. Like the composition and simple matching border too. Click.
tigs Plus
13 145 3 Netherlands
22 Nov 2004 9:12AM
a beautiful image, lovely lighting
arnieg Plus
13 704 England
22 Nov 2004 10:11AM
great colour and detail
22 Nov 2004 11:27AM
Nice colour,nice detail,nice work!
22 Nov 2004 12:06PM
Unusual angle and composition.
conrad Plus
13 10.9k 116
22 Nov 2004 12:21PM
Thank you all for your comments, they are very encouraging.

Yes I like a side and back view now and again Contrad! This is beautiful, wonderful lighting and great composition, lovely work.

22 Nov 2004 1:20PM
Well done for being different! It works.
22 Nov 2004 1:53PM
Back is very beautiful!
23 Nov 2004 3:52AM
Minimalistic, but inspiring. Nice colours.
23 Nov 2004 1:19PM
good work
24 Nov 2004 3:13AM
Inspired. The whole presentation and clarity is excellent.


28 Nov 2004 6:18AM
Good colour and form on the flower and I like the stark background.
Ian-Jones Plus
14 129 2 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2004 6:11AM
Nice idea and a very well composed, colourful, and above all, clean shot.

13 1
10 Dec 2004 2:30PM
Ecellent shot Conrad,and well presented """"click"""".
grom Plus
13 239
11 Dec 2004 12:24PM
like this,allways looking for different vewpoints but never thought of the back of flower,works love "freedom of speech pic" and dog running (your pic ....forget name)
15 Dec 2004 7:01AM
Amazing shot. Very well done. Click.....
29 Dec 2004 10:02AM
Excellent shot. i like the colours and composition Well done

davidbailie Plus
14 457 7 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2004 5:57PM
Unusual and attractive


Happy New Year

sinzine Plus
13 37 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2005 10:50AM
Great Shot.
23 Jan 2005 4:43PM
very original. like this a lot, good thinking
25 Jan 2005 3:36AM
a stunning photo, i love the composition and the fact it is taken from the back, great work.

27 Jan 2005 7:28PM
Simple and amazing, frame it and hang it somewhere, Max
Beautiful, vivid shot! Nice perspective.
Thanks for your posting - had a few negative comments on the text, but I think it balances the composition, and just had fun playing with layer styles and so on... :-P
26 Jun 2005 10:21AM
Fantastic shot.
ericfaragh Plus
14 147 4 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2005 10:33AM
Bright and sharp, lovely crispness.
conrad Plus
13 10.9k 116
26 Jun 2005 12:05PM
Thanks, everyone!

Coleslaw Plus
12 13.4k 28 Wales
19 Jul 2005 6:29AM
nice composition. different angle. good one.
how did u do the white background?
(u can send email to me if u want to.)

conrad Plus
13 10.9k 116
19 Jul 2005 10:09AM
Thanks, Cole. I'll reply by e-mail.

Take-a-View Plus
14 293 5 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2008 5:44PM
Simple composition but very effective.
conrad Plus
13 10.9k 116
10 Mar 2008 3:03PM

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