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Circles of Iron and some Leadwort

By Lydia
I normally avoid rust because of compression, and although this has a lot comparatively of px in upload, I am not happy with what happens when EPZ gets it and it seems to collapse rather. I think I need to upload a lot of test shots one day to find the right formular which suits me.

Anyway, part of an old rusting window with a bit of flower I found nearby added for that extra je ne sais quoi. Not quite happy with the flowers either, there was a howling gale blowing and they kept moving.

There was nothing wrong with the original shot but I still decided to 'enhance' it a little because it pleased me to do so.

Tags: General Architecture Flowers and plants

Voters: mrswoolybill, FlashBangPicture, MickyMc and 38 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2011 2:06PM
Rust images can be a ****** to compress, the results often look over-sharpened even when no sharpening has been applied. This has a 3-D quality without the feeling that the rust is in danger of flaking away from the monitor screen. Very well controlled.
Rust goes with a lot of partners (that does sound promiscuous... ) - peeling paint, decaying wood, cobwebs etc; blue flowers being particularly pleasing - decay and freshness, warm and cold tones, craggy and smooth. Broken glass is a neat addition to the list, I must remember that.
In left/right terms I'm seeing the flowers as leaning towards the curve on the left.
By the way - Arrietty the Borrower, yes; but I'm also imagining you as a (female) Autolycus from The Winter's Tale,' A picker-up of unconsidered trifles'...
PS There's a hint of a green tone creeping into this which is just perfect. Enjoying it more and more as I view it.

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MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2011 2:10PM
Jumped off the gallery and I knew it was yours....lovely
senn Plus
7 5 1 Belgium
12 Oct 2011 2:23PM
great still life, .. colors and detail are marvellously rendered
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
12 Oct 2011 2:43PM
Great contrast between the beauty of the flower and the ugliness of the rust
Richsr 11 91 223 England
12 Oct 2011 4:07PM
Like the good details and tones in this well worked
Regards Richard
Lydia 6 4 Greece
12 Oct 2011 4:11PM
Thank you all, especially Pete who seems to have forgotten to press the EC and POW buttons LOL.
Moira, thank you for the very considered comment. With regard to the placement of the "picked up unconsidered trifle", this was the only shot out of about twenty goes when I had a fraction of a second between gusts of wind which actually came out with the flowers just about acceptably in focus, the other nineteen pics had the flowers all over the place, they kept blowing down the road.... I'm sure there must be a female version of 'lone wolf', I do enjoy it when I am forced to go and look up and learn new things. I have to admit I am more familiar with the Autolycus in Zena Warrior Princess than Shakespeare. My education is somewhat lacking sometimes and my head is still reeling from a one hour talk on Plato delivered to me by a dentist this morning when I asked him to talk to me to distract me from the horrors of what he was doing!
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2011 5:08PM
Superb shot !.....beautiful quality.....& love the contrast between the 'grot' of the surroundings & the 'delicacy' of the flower....1st class !
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2011 6:57PM
I live in the wind tunnel that is the Tyne Valley - don't worry, I know the problem!!!
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
12 Oct 2011 7:07PM
An exceptionally beautiful quality image!
Congrats and regards,
luceombra 6 27 5 Italy
13 Oct 2011 8:18AM
This is really a beautiful picture. You have an excellent taste for composition and colors. I do like also the way you process your photos. Congrats!
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
13 Oct 2011 7:54PM
A tip for re sizing:

FIRST using image size, set your PPI to 72, and THEN adjust the long size dimensions.

Then save as new file name. THEN open the new file, and check for sharpness. Sharpen as needed.

Using Unsharp Mask, USM, the following approach is very reliable:

Set Threshold = 3

Set Radius = 0.8

Slide amount ALL the way to the right, 500%; this will be heavily oversharpened; slide it slowly to the left until you find the "border" where it looks sharp enough, just above soft; save the image, and then upload.


Lydia 6 4 Greece
15 Oct 2011 8:22PM
Thank you all so much for really nice words, I'm glad you liked this.
Willie, thanks for the advice. I have made a note to try this and what sort of image this method would work best with. I go through phases of different methods of sharpening and sometimes to my surprise, just using basic 'sharpen' after after Save for Web can work miracles. It seems sometimes that the image I see on my monitor, once it's left my desk, travelled across the room, along some rickety ancient wiring and then hurled up in the sky or under the sea or wherever it goes LOL and then reappears on my monitor again in EPZ, it seems to change. Does that make sense!!! Smile

I have just tried out a new image with a lot of natural texture in it, plus added texture levels, and to my horror, saved for web is nearly 1.5mb, and by the time I've reduced that to a smaller size, there's no way I'm uploading that at such reduced quality :-(
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
15 Oct 2011 8:30PM
Dont use save for web, - do it as above, - you may get a better result.

Lydia 6 4 Greece
15 Oct 2011 8:55PM
Ok Smile
wyatturp 12 2 England
19 Oct 2011 9:30PM
Beauty and RustSmile
LuzDeNoche 10 2 France
28 Oct 2011 3:32PM
I think the 'je ne sais quoi' is a wonderful addition to this moody little corner with its beautiful lighting and variety of aged materials. Nature always wins through (well it does in my garden anyway Tongue )
Lydia 6 4 Greece
30 Oct 2011 3:28PM
Thank you Lucy and Mr Urp Smile
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2011 7:58AM
Beautiful combination - My experience of Pete is rather similarWinkWinkWinkWinkWink
Lydia 6 4 Greece
1 Nov 2011 8:08AM
Very many thanks Helen (and especially for making this one a RC) and lol at Pete Smile
Lydia 6 4 Greece
3 Nov 2011 9:41PM
Κώστα, σας ευχαριστώ πολύ για το βραβείο. Είναι μεγάλη μου τιμή Smile
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
22 Nov 2011 5:02PM
Well, I'm glad you uploaded this rust shot. I really like it. Adding the flowers was a stroke of creative genius.
5 Dec 2012 1:19PM
En excellent capture!SmileSmile

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