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Red Poppy

By JenniCh
Saved a few poppies from the garden before the wind and rain ruined them. Undecided about whether to leave this without a border, but at the last moment decided it probably did need it ......... so just a thin unadorned red line.

As ever your comments and critique will be much appreciated, best learning curve I know .........

Tags: Flowers and plants Digitally manipulated Digital art Red poppy

Voters: RichPitman, jennialexander, Glostopcat and 28 more

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RichPitman 13 16 1 England
23 Jun 2012 6:45PM
Not a fan of borders personally, but I like everything else! Very well controlled exposure, not easy to keep the whites white.

tocketts 12 9 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 7:03PM
Nice. Like the water drops on the vase and the leaf at the base sets it off for me.Smile
Niknut Plus
12 3.4k 82 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 9:25PM
Oooooo....exquisite shot !!!!
franken Plus
20 5.5k 4 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 10:13PM
Very nice!

taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
24 Jun 2012 1:54AM
Good use of space in this simple, but so effective image!
24 Jun 2012 7:03AM
Less is clearly more. I personally think a border was needed to create separation between the image and the surrounding background. I really like the saturated Red of the poppy and green of the stem against the whites of the vase and the background. The shadow and shading of the vase have been handled particularly well with either a mix of perfect exposure or very good processing. You could of had an infinity background where the background and base blend but the horizontal join and reflections add a touch of realism. And the finishing touch of the fallen leaf finishes the image perfectly.

Identical shot with a white reflective base showing the whole image as a reflection might be nice.


CaroleS Plus
12 442 3 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2012 7:53AM
So well composed and those white tones are just right. The little drops of moisture on the vase and the dropped leaf complete the image. I think you needed a fine border just to separate the image from the background, but perhaps not red. The detail and texture of the flower is lovely.
JenniCh 17 32 2 England
24 Jun 2012 8:29AM
Thanks for all the interesting comment folks, did ponder long and hard about border or no border, eventually went for the border as it did seem to just add that 'separation' as mentioned above; the colour of the border was the next thing to ponder and decided to go for the red to enhance the poppy head as being the main impact of the image, as opposed to either black or green which didn't do that. As ever all comments, critique and votes are much appreciated and I do always 'listen' to critique as that is always the best way to learn and progress.
nikshot 13 9 1 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2012 8:42AM
Just a super shot as it is.

cleg 13 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2012 11:33AM
Superb image.
24 Jun 2012 12:51PM
Beautiful as it is,lovely work..Lin
Billyray 14 70 3 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2012 3:18PM
Perfect Jenni, A lovely shot with the border an excellently coloured border.
bill33 11 53 1 Scotland
24 Jun 2012 4:13PM
Beautifully captured and presented, looks almost like a painting, beautiful work, Bill.
CarolG 16 199 20 Greece
25 Jun 2012 6:44AM
A beautiful presentation. You have a stunning pf, look forward to seeing more. Carol
chase Plus
17 2.5k 665 England
25 Jun 2012 7:30PM
Good colour Jenni & some nice detail.
Just enough exposure to separate the vase from the bg.
The leaf so adds to the image for me........I do have a habit of dropping something at the bottom of the flower/container,it seems to hold the viewers eye in the frame.
The border is ok but I would have liked to have seen it surrounding the whole image,not 'just inside',as it crosses the line created by the table/whatever the vase is stood on & so bits appear out of the frame,which I think is distracting.Much better to have perhaps a totally white slim border around the frame & the red keyline right on the edge.

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