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Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 7:20PM
A great close up and still life Kate
not bothered for love them both!!Smile
so have my UA

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that is very good,the background is grey what did you use for light,but overall a smasher.

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
26 Sep 2012 7:25PM
The background needs to be more defocussed Kate, much to prominent.


marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 7:28PM
Very nice Kate, I love the contrasting colours, especially in V2 which is my pick for today. Excellent work
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
26 Sep 2012 7:48PM
v2 is the better of the two, but I agree with Trev in that the bg looks too sharp and creased.

26 Sep 2012 7:57PM
The alstromeria are wonderful Kate. I have to agree with other commentators that the background is more intrusive than it needs to be - a plain one would suit me very well. There is something a little odd about the variants - the images are cropped slightly differently so that the image moves as the variants are viewed - did you intend this? Lovely though!

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
26 Sep 2012 8:12PM
This is so much better than the previous two postings, Kate, the b/g tones working so much more satisfactorily for me: interesting to read about others's comments, but I find these two versions perfectly satisfactory as they are.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
26 Sep 2012 8:36PM
I'm afraid I must agree with Trev and Mike I'm not too keen on the background it is too prominent. The flowers are really beautiful though, I reckon a plainer, paler background may work better.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
26 Sep 2012 8:43PM
Sorry I meant to say the colour works fine it is those creases in the cloth that I find a bit distracting
9 10 10 England
26 Sep 2012 8:49PM
I think the bg is Ok and the lovely colour of the flowers shines forth. Think I preferthe lighter tones of V1.
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
26 Sep 2012 9:16PM
Beautiful coloured display with great detail ,I like the colour of your bg Kate,but I must agree with Glostopcat about the creases in the cloth.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 9:25PM
Yes the creases are a bit distracting. Can you perhaps try moving the vase further away from the background and focus in on the flowers, throwing the background out of focus?
I think I still prefer the earlier shots with the more softer coloured backgrounds.
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 10:32PM
Could do with a shallower DOF to throw the b/g out of focus Kate.
26 Sep 2012 10:39PM
Both these images are beautiful Kate. The flowers stand out against the background. My personal view on the background is that the creases add to the image overall. Perhaps if you were able to reshoot the scene with the b/g out of focus you would see what works best
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
26 Sep 2012 11:14PM
Go for the lighter BG in V1 Kate.
Two good shots though !!
27 Sep 2012 12:37AM
Kate, I like v1.......10/10 for trying somthing new. I think its a great idea, I wonder if a sort of velvet material would have less lines.......worth trying.

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
27 Sep 2012 1:59AM
Super shots!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
27 Sep 2012 5:58AM
V.2 for me, Kate, though I like them both very much. Carol
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
27 Sep 2012 7:46AM
What beautiful and lovely images,Kate,V1 is my favorite,
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 8:13AM
V2 gets my vote .... lovely
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 9:43AM
A well composed image Kate love the colour tones of both, V2 is my favourite (I think I might have ironed (carefully!) the strong creases out of the material, then you would only have had soft folds which would have contrasted well with those lovely sharply captured flowers). This is a lovely composition, with excellent light and the set up could work so well tried out with different flowers.
27 Sep 2012 10:42AM
One of my fav flowers they capture so well ....

Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
27 Sep 2012 11:36AM
Of the two, I like the darker v2. I think the suggestions re the background are all good. This would be a good case for using layers and blurring the background.
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 4:23PM
Beautiful shot !!!!....lovely arrangement, & the 'bluish' B/G of V2 works better to bring the flowers 'forward' in the
image (dark colours recede....& light colours tend to come 'forwards) notch !!!!!

If you have the room to do it....I would set the vase/flowers a little more away from the B/G for the next one, & 'practice'
a little more with the 'iron' on those creases ??.Grin

Another thought was to drape the B/G cloth so that any 'folds' occur diagonally, or in a curve ?.....fiddly maybe, but worth
taking trouble over to add the final touch of 'class' to the shot ..............Smile
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 4:39PM
Lovely shots.................... at first i thought wow.... love the bg, then on second look I do think it destracts from the main subject, if it was ironed and in softer focus I think it would work well, I like the bits of the bg that ripple and shine.
Now I have finished babbling................. I hate ironingTongue
27 Sep 2012 8:27PM
The flowers are lovely, the bg are distracting, tend to look at the bg rather than the flowers. IMHO
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
27 Sep 2012 11:20PM
v2, dark blue and yellow just make a fine combination like stars in a night sky
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
29 Sep 2012 8:18AM

Quote:Of the two, I like the darker v2. I think the suggestions re the background are all good. This would be a good case for using layers and blurring the background.

Yes I agree here, I think the darker blue sets the yellow flowers off so well.
I might have tried blurring the b/g a little.
Well done.


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