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  • Jug

    Absolutley beautiful shot. Great colours, great subject. First class. Has the feel of an old master oil painting.
    • 18 Apr 2003 4:26AM
  • Blubberhouses Moor

    Thanks for the comments. Blubberhouses is a little settlement just North of Harrogate on the Skipton Road. This moor is most easily accesed from the spooky village of Timble just north of Otley. It's mountain bike heaven up here.
    • 10 Apr 2003 12:15PM
  • Mountain lake - Llyn Pryfedd

    Maybe not to everyone's taste but I really like this dark, brooding, monotone type landscape. Maybe a bit heavy with the linear grad tool.
    • 9 Apr 2003 10:00AM
  • South Pacific

    Thanks everyone. I've only just realised it was POTW. Must look more closely at the home page !
    • 12 Apr 2003 10:33AM
  • Cactus in the Fog

    Mavis, a softbox is a huge (usually about 90cm x 90cm) square diffuser placed over studio flash that gives very soft, even illumination - just like this. Very popular with studio photographers.
    • 31 Mar 2003 11:40AM
  • norfolk creek at dusk

    Has the look of soft brush work to it. Really like it.
    • 29 Mar 2003 8:39AM
  • Tranquility

    It is a tranquil scene, but I agree with Michael. Generally a vertical compo gives a dynamic feel and a horizontal one a tranquil feel. The effect is a bit unsettling. I guess if you're shooting for book/magazine cover it's better. I guess there was something you wanted to keep out of shot to the L or R ? A bit of linear gradient tool to the sky would add some interest to it.

    Regards

    JP
    • 29 Mar 2003 8:45AM
  • yellow

    Like the background - is that digitally created ? It might just be my monitor settings, but it is 'banded' rather than smooth. I like the vase in shot.
    • 29 Mar 2003 9:19AM
  • Yellow Flower.

    Hi Suresh, this is coming up a bit blurred and 'uncrisp' on my montior. The equipment (camera and lens) are top quality so could it be in the scan ? Bit of camera shale maybe. The file is quite small - 20 kB. I know this sometimes happens at the website end; I've uploaded 45kBs that have been shrunk down in the past.

    Regards

    JP
    • 29 Mar 2003 9:24AM
  • Cottage near Maraig, Harris, Scotland

    Great picture taken with my favourite lens. Super sense of scale to this and colours to die for.
    • 27 Mar 2003 1:07AM
  • Paku

    Thanks John for your ever valued comments. The picture is unfiltered. On screen the sky was a bit light so I added a very small amount of linear gradient tool the sky. I added it as a separate layer and reduced the opacity to about 18% to make it quite subtle.

    Regards

    JP
    • 25 Mar 2003 2:15AM
  • Paku

    Thanks guys, glad you like it.
    • 25 Mar 2003 2:30AM
  • dried flower

    Nice picture Tony - and thanks for letting us know how you lit it.
    • 24 Mar 2003 9:42AM
  • SX70

    I've done some real ones now Brian. It's quite easy. If you want to see some really good ones go to
    • 25 Mar 2003 2:28AM
  • Morning Light

    A great picture. The pastel colours and the light texture of the curtain really complement eachother. I also like the lean of the bottle and the opposite lean of the curtain folds. All very feminine - a bloke could never have taken this.
    • 19 Mar 2003 8:53AM
  • Fish eye

    Hi Barry and Paddy. I have just bought a few flash units for the first time ever: 2 for 10. I was walking round the supermarket when I saw these fish heads under cellophane. I forgot about the shopping and got to work with the fish. I might enter it for a comp. if the theme is fish portrait close-up. Perhaps I can persuade Pete!!
    • 18 Mar 2003 7:55PM
  • 3 pears

    I think there's enough light. It has a nice feel to it like one of those old processes. Gum bichromate or something like that.
    • 18 Mar 2003 11:38AM
  • For Mavis

    The (black)ice cream container blocks out all the background light. Without it the surrounding would be white and the flower a bit washed out. An alternative is to wait until night time and turn off all the lights. Sometimes though, the white surrounding area and pale colours can look good.
    • 12 Mar 2003 6:46PM
  • Calendula after rain

    Mavis we must be thinking alike as I took a picture of one of these today. I wasn't sure what it was so I called it 'yellow flower'. My approach was a bit different, I beheaded it and placed it on my flatbed scanner with an ice-cream container over it to block out the light. I wasn't going to upload for a few days, but you've inspired me...I'm doing it now !
    • 12 Mar 2003 9:54AM
  • BELFAST BERTH FISHER MAN

    A VERY SUCESSFUL SANDWHICH. THE TWO PICTURES WORK SO WELL TOGETHER. VERY WELL DONE.
    • 31 Mar 2003 11:31AM
  • Lake District II

    Thanks everyone; looks like the blues have one the day. I think I'll enter this for the 'Trees' round of PPs competition.
    • 8 Mar 2003 4:22AM
  • burton

    I think it's very good. There's a good sense of movement to it. If you want it to be sharp then a faster shutter speed and maybe a monopod. As Bri says, with no details it's hard to say if it's motion blur or camera shake.
    • 28 Feb 2003 9:33AM
  • Barbara2

    It's just too busy for me. There's so much happening in here I don't where to look.
    • 28 Feb 2003 9:36AM
  • Subaru better

    I'm not a sport's photographer, but I would probably have used a much lower camera angle to give the car more presence, a tighter crop to eliminate those people and some detail.
    • 24 Feb 2003 12:37AM
  • Misty Seat

    Have you thought about doing a B+W version ?
    • 22 Feb 2003 7:12AM
  • A Rose

    I like this a lot. The grain gives it a photojournalistic feel. It's good to see something different with flowers other than crisply sharp colour. Agencies are on the lookout for stuff like this.
    • 12 Feb 2003 10:10AM
  • memories

    Excellent picture and well titled. Is that a watermark bottom right ? Any manipulation to get that soft effect ?
    • 11 Feb 2003 9:53PM
  • Oil Refinery III

    Thanks Pete. I'm in training for round II of PPs 'Structures' round. I got into the final selection for round I (sunsets), but again, it was 'close but no cigar'
    • 12 Feb 2003 10:03AM
  • Oil Refinery

    Thanks Paddy and Brian. I'm perhaps going to enter one of these for the PP structures round - I have a few more up my sleeve. I'd be interested to know which people prefer. Both are very bad scans. The colours are much brighter and punchier than this.
    • 10 Feb 2003 10:07AM
  • Bangul

    It's a lovely character shot but I don't think it needs the digital manipulation. I'd like to see a straight version with neck and shoulders and original background.
    • 9 Feb 2003 10:19PM