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The Great Escape

By chase
One of the huge Poppies that grow happily in my garden.
I have wanted to photograph one of them for a while but I needed to do something different....where this came from I don't know but here it is...a Poppy with a difference Wink
I started with the Poppy in the glass bottle,but it all collapsed & the bottle tried to escape...water everywhere !! I mopped most of the water up but decided to leave the bottle.

Lit with a couple of small light boxes against a light bg.
Dropped on a few textured layers in photoshop.

Work in progress I think here,I feel something is missing but don't know what...suggestions gratefully accepted.

Thanks for taking the time to look/comment.
Janet xx

Tags: Poppy Red Bottle Specialist and abstract Flowers and plants Digitally manipulated Cage Escape Flash and lighting

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Cor 9 Belgium
20 Jun 2012 6:35PM
Like in a dream. beautiful *****

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senn Plus
7 5 1 Belgium
20 Jun 2012 6:40PM
subtle compo ..well executed
JenniCh 12 32 2 England
20 Jun 2012 6:53PM
I love this, it's a great composition and I love the 'caged' poppy which works very well, personally I don't think it actually needs the bottle, but I do like the open cage door - beautifully done!

20 Jun 2012 6:54PM
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
20 Jun 2012 6:59PM
Thanks all.
Jenni,you may be right,perhaps rather than me thinking something is missing there is one element too much !
Janet xx
fazzer 9 54 7 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2012 7:41PM
great image,i'm with the no bottle idea
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
20 Jun 2012 7:43PM
I don't agree with the need to reduce the elements in this shot. There is a mysterious story going on here that is intriguing. I like this one as it is. I can't think of anything to improve it.
Suehh 11 39 6 England
20 Jun 2012 7:54PM
Love this - so clever and original - the open door especially makes it for me - very mysterious.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
20 Jun 2012 8:26PM

Quote:I don't agree with the need to reduce the elements

The Jury is out then I guess Wink

Thanks everyone.
Janet xx
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
20 Jun 2012 9:00PM
Thats a great poppy Janet - I think in a bottle would have been good.(without running water).Smile
To add or omit - a conundrum. I like the butterfly decor on the cage - perhaps a large coloured real one inside may work.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
20 Jun 2012 9:09PM

Quote:a large coloured real one inside

Good idea Brian..all I have to do it catch one Wink...'tis a good idea though Smile

Thanks everyone.
Janet xx
Richsr 11 91 223 England
20 Jun 2012 10:13PM
Like the muted tones and good details Janet
Regards Richard
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2012 10:27PM
A lovely whimsical image. I especially like the colours
warm and cool, then brought together with the texture.
Top marks for originality.
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2012 9:02AM
Nice work Janet
gazlowe 6 8 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2012 1:51PM
loving this
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
1 Jul 2012 11:34PM
I do hope I'm reading too much into this Janet, bottle (empty !!) unstoppered, out of the cage ...and a very dominant red poppy (or does the poppy signify hope, the first thing to regrow ?)

As for the aesthetics, I'm not keen on bottom right hand corner - it draws the eye out of the frame. And if it is symbolism your after, wouldn't the stopper suffice?

All that aside, I still like the image. Why? well it made me stop and think, not just a still lif but an image with depth, meaning and for that I will give it my UA, which despite been available daily, I only give out once in a blue moon.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
2 Jul 2012 10:37PM
Hi Nick,thanks for your coveted UA.
Meanings..... you have most of my inner thoughts correct...the RHS...well...there's the escape into the light but the way is barred ! so,it did it's job in drawing your gaze.The stopper has to be there or else the empty bottle has no significance & just becomes an empty bottle.
There was a real nice blue moon a couple of nights ago Wink
Janet xx

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