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White on white photo

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Ann, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. Ann

    Ann Beadin' fool

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    Looks like a good place to put this. Every year I do a calendar for my SIL and mostly I have done black backgrounds. This means an entire color cartridge each year so I'm looking to maybe cut the cost down. (I love her, but.........:D) Anyway, I am playing with white on white. This is a white orchid with pink splashes and I was just wondering how you felt about this photo. Fire away. You can't hurt my feelings. Thanks
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  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Ann, I like it. The slightly darker background on the right defines the petals and lateral sepals very nicely. I would like to see a bit more definition on the dorsal sepal on the right side of that flower so that my mind would have a better sense of the shape without thinking.
     
  3. Ann

    Ann Beadin' fool

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    Thanks, Marni. My eye fills in the missing parts very well, as, it seems, does yours. I hadn't noticed the dorsal sepal and I can see what you are talking about. I'll play with the flash and see what I can come up with in that respect. Cool observation and I thank you a whole bunch for your input!
     
  4. Ann

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    Is this better? My problem now is the stem which is much too "front and center" compared to the rest of the photo. Just me.
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    That's art.
     
  6. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Where's the lactose?!?!?!
     
  7. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That is much more clearly defined all around the flowers. Are you working in a photo editing program? Can you select the green stem and reduce the color saturation a bit so it is softer?
     
  8. Ann

    Ann Beadin' fool

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    Here we go.
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  9. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It's like a watercolor. I think it is lovely. Are you happy with it?
     
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    Yes, I'm happy with it. I have to keep in mind my SIL who would probably love it and this is, after all, for her. I have another picture which totally eliminates the petals and sepals and is nice. I'll post it just as soon as I take the dog out.:rolleyes:
     
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    Here it is. I like this one, too. It's a LOT like the first one with the stem toned down and a little less definition in the sepals and petals.
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    It's different. I think I prefer the one you posted before this last one the best. At first, I couldn't "see" it but after a while, it started coming together for me. Took a little while though.

    I take that back, I'm not sure which one I like best. I'll get back to you on that.
     
  13. Marni

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    Toning down the stem really helps bring the flowers front and center and helps balance the compostion. Then it gets down to personal taste. Is this the only one for the calendar or does she get a different flower for every month? In other words, do we get to see more?
     
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    One more time, this time with all hints of the flower removed. I think I like this one the best but you have to remember I'm doing this for my SIL and I KNOW she will love it. I probably won't do any more this extreme for the calendar but if I do, I'll post them. Thanks for all the discussion!
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    I like the last one that you posted best, pretty art!
     
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    I say take out the stem altogether.
     
  17. Ann

    Ann Beadin' fool

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    Your wish is my command.
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    I love the ones with the stem as the dominant feature. As a matter of fact this is not unlike a watercolor I did years ago. Here's a crappy scan of it. Your composition is much better though. I think you are on to something.

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    That's really beautiful, Harry. But your stem and leaves and butterfly are SO much prettier than mine. Do you have other paintings? I really like that one.
     
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