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Springtime Surprise

By pamelajean
I'm hoping someone can ID this. Is it a type of fritillary? As the title suggests, it was a pleasant surprise when my Spring bulbs came out.
Vs 1 and 2: I did a swirl on a graduated bg, added the flower, a drop shadow and frame.
V3 is the one I'd like your honest opinion on. I've had an idea to use some of my stock backgrounds for flowers, i.e. tree bark, brickwork, anything with texture. Is it over the top? My heart wasn't in blurring the wall because I love the texture, colour and moss in it, and thought the blue also echoed the flowers' colour. But should it be more subtle?

EDIT: Thanks to Conrad (and a few others) this is now ID'd as Fritillaria Michailovskyi/Michaelovski
Fritillary/Michael's Flower.

Tags: Spring Flower Flora Bulb Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Cultivated Hants Hayling-island

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nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
28 Jul 2008 11:12AM
Beautiful flower, 3 great shots but it has to be No 1 for me, great presentation.


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photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
28 Jul 2008 11:14AM
Superior showmanship of skills and creativity Pamela. Very impressive manipulation and photography. Bravo!!
jdenman 9 18 5 Spain
28 Jul 2008 11:20AM
Super presentation.
Wooly 12 112 4 England
28 Jul 2008 11:33AM
I like the 3D effect.

ringyneck 11 315 18 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 11:44AM
I can see what you are asking about in No3 but feel there are 2 different syles/shots together and they clash.But I love the walls colours and textures.

NO 1 is the Real GENIUS work.Love the complimentary b/g. and presentation.

Paddy 15 254 8 England
28 Jul 2008 11:54AM
love no one .. a beautiful presentation .. SmileP
Leary 11 15 1 New Zealand
28 Jul 2008 11:59AM
no1 is definitely the best one.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
28 Jul 2008 12:25PM
V1 is a very pleasing on the eye.No ID I am afraid Pamela.
V3 as said above is just a clash of two separate images.I like to see flowers blended into textured b/grounds - I have done a couple myself but you will need to make layers and adj opacity and blurring in various blending modes to do that.You then have control over how much detail of the flower you would want to show through the texture.
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
28 Jul 2008 12:53PM
No.1 for me,very nice.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 12:56PM
V1 for me. I find the presentation in V2 a bit cold and mechanical, and in V3 the subject and background are competing for attention rather than working together.
I have these flowers in my garden. I bought the bulbs in Amsterdam labelled Snakeshead fritillary, but obviously they are not what we understand by that name.
Photogene 12 176 Wales
28 Jul 2008 12:58PM
Love what you have done with V1, beautiful presentation and so very cleverly done.

woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 1:08PM
I have a definite preference for #1 for its straightforward frame (I know it's far more complex that anything I can manage in Elements but it is not distracting like the #2 version).
The 3-D effect in #3 is great fun but the angled wall gives a rather woozy appearence to the whole - however, you're completely right to keep the brick colours and textures unblurred.
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 2:13PM
Very special Pamela and so different. I love version 1 as the flowers are so complimented by the background.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
28 Jul 2008 2:13PM
Version one for me - like the details and tones - well captured and processed.
Regards Richard.
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 2:15PM
Lovely *******************

Mod done
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
28 Jul 2008 2:20PM
Lovely pictures, great colour and presentation. Here's a well earned 30th.
User_Removed 11 485 13 England
28 Jul 2008 3:02PM

Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
28 Jul 2008 3:06PM
V1 for me, such lovely colors and framing.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
28 Jul 2008 3:23PM
It is indeed a frittilaria and a beauty also

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
28 Jul 2008 4:05PM
I think I prefer #1. Lovely image
conrad 13 10.9k 116
28 Jul 2008 4:10PM
Looks like Fritillaria michailovskyi . Not exactly my favourite fritallary, but you've certainly made it look very good indeed. Well done! (Oh, and I prefer no. 1 as well.)
VintageRed 12 15 1 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 4:15PM
A striking image.
jove 9 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 5:16PM
Dont know what it is but it's Lovely.
Very well done.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 5:16PM
I'm grateful for the feedback so far, many thanks.
KEITH: I can now see that the wall and flowers are competing for attention.
BRIAN: I'm getting better at using layers, so will have a go at adjusting the background more. I do, however, still like the main flower to be "as is", so to speak.
MOIRA: I am tending to agree about V3 now. Shame it was the hardest to do! Thanks for the ID.
BILL: Glad you liked the wall, but maybe not with the flowers as well?
28 Jul 2008 5:21PM
Clever background.
sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 6:25PM
it's all been said Pam

wonderful set of shots and presented beautifully

RachelMB 12 42 10 England
28 Jul 2008 6:33PM
V1 would look great as a card. Smile
I don't really like V2 though, I'm afraid. The border just doesn't appeal to me. V3 is quite nice, but I feel that V1 is the most pleasing on the eye. Smile
28 Jul 2008 6:56PM
pamela this is a awesome composition stunning..!!!

Nikki !
franfoto 10 2 32 England
28 Jul 2008 8:27PM
It's great that you include the original image and shows such artistic interpretation in the finished work. Beautifully presented.
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 9:23PM
No. 1

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
28 Jul 2008 9:25PM
Version 1 is the winner for me, the presentation is top class
28 Jul 2008 9:28PM
Stone the crows, this theme your on right now is superb
rmr 10 1 Wales
28 Jul 2008 9:45PM
wonderful capture love v1
DP_Imagery 13 24 6 Wales
28 Jul 2008 10:41PM
V1 and v3 for me - they are truly wonderful (each in its own way) Smile Bruce
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 10:43PM
Thankyou all, V1 seems to be the winner.
Brian (bricurtis) has kindly given me advice about selectively blurring my backgrounds, so will try it next time.
phil_j 12 134 4 England
28 Jul 2008 11:10PM
Excellent work Pamela, #1 would make a wonderful greetings card.
Great detail colour and lighting on the flower, with a well worked background.
Top notch presentation.

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 11:42PM
Really beautiful, version 1 for me.

whiteswan01 10 13 England
29 Jul 2008 12:44AM
wow just stunning V1 for me love the dof
29 Jul 2008 4:10AM
So pretty, Pamela. Love the groovy frame in V2 too.
ChristineL 13 39 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2008 7:50AM
a lovely set of images Pamela, V1 is my favourite,
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2008 11:30AM
v1 for me, but its good to see the context. You've made a fine image from it.
imagio 11 12 1 England
29 Jul 2008 11:54AM
Versions 1 and 2 for me Pamela

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2008 7:51PM
Many thanks to you all.
jacekb 10 Poland
29 Jul 2008 9:02PM
I like v1 a lot
GeorgeRusky 12 1 4
29 Jul 2008 10:35PM
Hi Pamela
Any time I see pictures of flowers of epz most prominent authors, I say:
'Nothing could be done better, the edge of human mastery."
Then I click on your latest photo and suddenly discover something even better, that puts you ahead of others, as it was with version one in this trio.
I'm afraid, to react on your images verbally, I need a unique command of English: usual words can't express unusual beauty of your works Smile

MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2008 10:40PM
I thought I had voted for this yesterday, No1 being my favourite as I love the delicate colours of the framing
KangaGal 9 66 Australia
29 Jul 2008 11:18PM
V1 for me too Pamela.
JudeC 11 6 3 England
30 Jul 2008 7:05AM
Lovely image - V1 for me also - Jude.
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2008 9:42AM
Beautiful image Pamela,lovely work...............

viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2008 1:32PM
The colours and tones in version 1 are stunning Pamela and complemented by great presentation.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
30 Jul 2008 1:59PM
Ohhh Pamela,I do love the wall !!!!!!
They always make fine BGs,so why not with a flower????
It is OK in my book.
davidhu 12 19 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2008 2:07PM
Fine processing here Pamela, really jumps out from the thumbnail. V2 for me.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
30 Jul 2008 2:17PM
love the composition and presentation, got to be V1 for me
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
30 Jul 2008 4:18PM
Superb work Pam, #1 for me,
imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2008 6:12PM
really fine set of flower shots, i particulary like the 3rd version, they seem to bounce of the walls
m3lem 12 England
30 Jul 2008 7:22PM
Andrea x
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
31 Jul 2008 8:17AM
V1 is the most pleasing to me.
Really lovely. Aren't you clever !

Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
1 Aug 2008 6:56PM
V1 is gorgeous.....let me be 100th to say so.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2008 10:47PM
Super work, very well executed, but to be honest, I like the natural bg in #3 almost better - the natural colours of the wall and the mossy bits are so beautiful.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2008 2:50PM
Thankyou all.
GEORGE: Lovely words.
MICK, IAN and JOHANNA: So glad you like V3, many thanks for your opinions/comments.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2008 2:09PM
Thankyou Nick, Pascal, Karen, Douglas, Bev, Alfred, Anddrew and Glen for your votes.

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