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Fading Beauty

By janeez  
Taken with one light and snoot and home made cardboard tube to narrow the light beam even further. Gold glitter was collected on a soft brush and sprinkled over the rose and background as the shutter was fired. F6.3, 160 sec, iso 100. A few further adjustments in camera re contrast to achieve better colour rendition.
This rose was bruised and fading but still had lovely velvet petals. I thought it should look like it was on a stage in the spotlight.

Tags: Flowers and plants

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Beautiful image, nice velvety colour tones captured of this lovely rose.


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7 Nov 2009 8:07AM
Good shot,
colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
7 Nov 2009 8:27AM
Beautiful image well captured thanks for sharing Colin
HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
9 Nov 2009 3:33PM
Great angle and colors
Scutter Plus
10 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2009 5:20PM
Jane, I like the way you have shown off the velvety texture of this rose. I haven't played around with snoots yet but from this and others in our Crit Buddie Group I think I should!

I am not sure that I can see the damaged petals clearly enough to "get" the title if you see what I mean. I am looking at it on a laptop though. I am also not sure that the OOF glitter to the rhs is of benefit either.

OMG is that too brutal? Not meant to be - just constructive!
janeez Plus
9 1.8k 8 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 6:35PM
No worries Ben. Thats what this is all about. Interesting thoughts about the glitter it has made me consider how I can improve this shot. I was trying to be a bit arty and maybe it hasn't come across with the result. I have to admit that the image I was trying to create didn't come off and this was the closest I could get. Next time I will try a much narrower extention to the snoot and paint the inside black. Hope this achieves what I want. thankyou for your critique.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
12 Nov 2009 1:08PM
it's a lovely rose, and I like the idea of putting gold on there - lovely flecks of light.

I'm no still life expert, obviously looking at my bottles, but I was thinking you'd have a bit more of a set up for a still life - an arrangement of things, be they flowers, desk items, fruit etc.

Here we've just got the one flower and no real context of where it sits, what it's arranged with etc. I quite like the blurred gold bits in the back ground, but they maybe could do with being a bit more bold - brighten them up with some dodging maybe?
janeez Plus
9 1.8k 8 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2009 8:04PM
Ade, I like your bottles and interestingly back in the summer we did a photographic shoot at a local farm and farm shop. I photographed bottles of country wine stacked neatly on the shelves. Sadly no backlighting, only on camera flash, not a great success. Yours is so much better.
The rose would probably have been better in a vase. I think the image could still work with the gold as well. I am going to rethink how to do this. Got a few idea's any way just need to work out how to do it. Many thanks for the feedback.
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2009 1:28PM
Hi Jane, Critic buddy comment for november - oops a bit late.

Lovely image, i like the way its lit and the composition to one side.
I think the single greed leaf does detract a bit as does the glitter on the rose, however the background glitter is a great idea. Next time if you upload a larger picture (more pixels) a larger image button appears and allows us to see the image in more detail.
I like you cardboard lighting control - neat.

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