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Sad daffodil

By DRicherby
Shot in my high-tech studio, a.k.a. the conservatory, using a black T-shirt as a table-cloth and bracing the camera against the back of a tall chair. It turns out that I was wearing the blackest T-shirt I own, so I had to take it off. Those of you who do a lot of drugs and imagine I might be quite hunky can now swoon. Those with a more realistic outlook will be glad to know that I put on a different T-shirt while shooting.

All comments and criticism appreciated.


Thursday, 29th April, 2010.
50mm, f/1.8, 1/500s, ISO-100.

Tags: Flower Black and white Flowers and plants Daffodil

Voters: pronabk, Mynett, VIKI and 37 more

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Mynett 11 142 6 United Kingdom
19 May 2010 5:41PM
loved your write up Smile and the desctiption of your "studio" the same as mine then Smile lol

the image is pleasing and different, nice to see the flower from a different angel and the texture is good in the petals, the vase creates a strange twist to the top corner leads the eye there then back to the flower once I worked it out - a clever composition


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barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
19 May 2010 6:24PM
Great to read your write up
Big smile here
A super image as well
CaroleA 13 5 3 England
19 May 2010 7:52PM
I would normally say a daffy picture ought to be in colour, but as I love B+W so much this is one of those exceptions: the detail in the petals really stands out (probably just me, but every colour shot of a daffodil I produce is blown out no matter how much I alter the settings).
I like the unusual angle too - and in my new Lensbaby phase of course I love the OOF vase.

Thanks for the laugh!
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
19 May 2010 7:57PM
That last sentence in your commentary, *darn*

I like floral shots in mono - like the shape of the flower against the black "backdrop", and the the focus. Also like the diagonal compo, and the vase off to the side.
Did you use a yellow filter on this to make the daffodil so nice and white?
19 May 2010 8:24PM
Team-Boy is back

gingerdelight 13 298 11 United Kingdom
19 May 2010 9:00PM
I like the point of view here Dave, nicely done. I would love to have seen the coloured version too, for comparison. A different take on the usual daff picture though, well thought out.
baclark 10 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
19 May 2010 10:11PM
No wonder it's sad, looks as if someone bent it's stemWink Had to have a lie down at the mention of the clothes's been a long day! I enjoy the composition here and it makes a change to see a different view of a daff and in mono too. Think it works well.
davey_griffo 11 213 165 England
20 May 2010 9:23AM
More like a knackered daffodil. Couln't your garden provide a better specimen than that? You must be a better photographer than gardner. Smile

Nice shot. I like the B&W, but a judge in a club competition criticised me for entering a B&W rose. Said it was colourful, & you lost that in the conversion. Well, DERRR!!

I think I may need therapy now. Please don't mention taking your clothes off again!! (Could have been worse, could have been me. I mean, have you seen my butt ?).
Phil_L 11 19 1 Wales
20 May 2010 3:38PM
Really like the comp, arrangement. f1.8 does a grand job.
Black tulip on white pants next? Rgds.
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
20 May 2010 4:21PM
I see the daffodil had swooned over at your hunkiness between shirt changes, Dave.

Love the angle in this shot, by the way. What a great idea Smile

MickS 15 23 14 England
20 May 2010 6:14PM
Watcha Dave,
excellent composition, perhaps more blur on the stem and vase?
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
20 May 2010 6:56PM
Thanks for the mod, Mick! Looks a touch over-sharpened, to me, but the extra softness elsewhere works really well and the toning is excellent. Cheers!
MickS 15 23 14 England
20 May 2010 7:15PM
Watcha Dave,
yes, it is oversharpened, I think the files on these are too small for that method I use for winding up the contrast, works fine with large tiffs: 150; 1.5; 3, I thought I could get away with it cos the mods are fixed size. I also added a noise layer which is probably affecting the sharpening.
RobboB Plus
13 133 United Kingdom
21 May 2010 5:56PM
Superb mono flower. Works so well when viewed large and I like the different pov.
colmar 12 42 35 Scotland
23 May 2010 10:26PM
Like this pov and the mono works well, not sure about the description Wink I am not swooning though !

FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
24 May 2010 11:15AM
Like your sense of humour Dave, the daffi looks fine to me from here but it would have been nice to see the color version,
metro074 10 8 Australia
24 May 2010 12:41PM
LOL at your write up!! I really like this image. If you are sad are'nt you blue!!!!! just thought provoking. Well captured
wideangler 11 8 Wales
6 Jun 2010 12:27PM
Interesting. I had to see what it looked like in yellow. A very sad daff.
astyag 12 12
10 Jun 2010 7:07PM
What a superb PoV!
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2010 10:21PM
Belated thanks for the mods, Carol and Neil — they're much appreciated and I think they both work well. And thank you to everyone else for the supportive comments. Smile
maggie9 11 45 2 Scotland
18 Jun 2010 9:03PM
love the composition
love the depth

cassiecat 11 39 46 England
18 Jun 2010 10:41PM
your write up made me smile. for me i think this would work better in colour.lesley
xwang 10 56 8
24 Jun 2010 10:51PM
Interesting POV and writing up, made me smile as well.I like this soft image.
milky 16 Wales
25 Jun 2010 3:48AM
Hi Nice mono a very detail comosition like it.-----Milky
teocali Plus
12 442 18 England
9 Jul 2010 10:02AM
Really matches the title Dave - despite all the playful "badinage" when viewed large this image displays carefully thought out exposure and detail. The petals have the tissue-like textures of a faded daffodil. Brilliant. Just loved your write-up too - am still chuckling!
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2010 9:04AM
I like the inclusion of the rim of the vase and the sharp focus on the leaf. This works better for me than the following image for those reasons, rather than for the fact that it is mono
videotec 11 8 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2010 9:11AM
Great idea using a black tee shirt--I'll bear that in mind--Works well for me

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