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By Nick_w      
Once again all I can say is thank you for the awards on my last few images, it really does mean a lot. I normally thank those personally (and will do soon) but I've had quite a few messages to catch up on.

This is a continuation on the Arrum Lillie project, again in the style of Mapplethorpe, similar composition to my recent POTW , but with an added twist. This is from a converted IR camera (Nikon D80), no focus stacking this time, as I wanted a dreamlike effect, I set the aperture to F22 and delibrately took a creative decision (honestly I did) to introduce some diffraction - even on full frame I rarely use a smaller aperture than F13-F16.

Diffraction is, I believe what gives film based IR a dreamlike quality, not easy with converted cameras as they are too good (the sensor focal plane has been altered to account for the wavelength differences).

I tried to use flash but I couldn't get any real results to speak of, so resorted to natural light - from the right.

Anyway my thoughts.

Oh nearly forgot I added just a hint of Selenium toning, just to enhance the mood I was trying to evoke.

In many ways this is my favourite image of the 2, don't ask me why I'm not sure, but I guess maybe as Ive put my stamp on it as I've not seen IR used before in still lifes.

Tags: Still life Ir Black and white Specialist and abstract Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Infra-red

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Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
15 Jan 2013 7:10AM
Good morning Nick...another beautiful picture.

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2013 7:30AM
First, many congratulations on the POTW award. I have a weakness for b&w flowers, they seem aloof, distant, I want to be alone... And I do very much prefer the processing here. It has the cool, sculptural quality of white marble.
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
15 Jan 2013 7:52AM
Aye well done on the POTW it was stunning,this is beautiful and understated . Like the narrative also maybe learn a few tricks of the trade Wink

marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2013 8:10AM
Nick, your POTW was as good as they get, but like you this would be my choice of the two, perfection is not misplaced when describing this image!
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2013 8:41AM
These arum lily images are inspirational. Congrats on POTW!
boov 5 2 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2013 8:42AM
Wonderful shot and composed immaculately ...
LesF 11 182 9
15 Jan 2013 9:13AM
Another award winner this Nick, fabulous image

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
15 Jan 2013 1:12PM
Stunning image.......Sandy
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
15 Jan 2013 1:48PM
Loved the prior, and congratulations on POTW for that one.

This one is also beautiful, but in a different way. The processing has changed this to remind of a fine translucent porcelain.

Richsr 11 91 223 England
15 Jan 2013 2:05PM
Like what you have acheived here Nick.
Congrats on the POTW too.
Regards Richard.
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2013 10:03PM
Sumptuous toning Nick. There is a subtlety and fluidity of light and shade that is just beautiful. Congratulations on the POTW for your last upload.

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
17 Jan 2013 3:29AM
Lovely lines Nick,I too prefer this one,I think it has lots more movement/fluidity ( lovely word ) & looks as though you have lit it from within.

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