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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-23-06 09:37 PM
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Paper


Canon S50 Original was Raw image. Tweaked in Photoshop.
Someday I will get it where I like it.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-23-06 10:26 PM
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1. Are these some kind of poppies?
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-23-06 10:50 PM
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4. yeah, they do look like them
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 12:37 PM
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9. I think they're called hollyhocks.
Edited on Thu Aug-24-06 12:39 PM by intheflow
Here's my rendition of a hollyhock, and I think they look like the same flower, though maybe not the exact same variety:



"My" hollyhocks had big onion-shaped buds on them like alfredo's, and the leaves look the same, though you can't tell from my photo here.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 01:02 PM
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10. My grandma used to have hollyhocks
but what threw me in Alfredo's shot was that they looked kind of "double". Hers looked more like yours.
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 01:41 PM
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11. There are varieties of hollyhocks called Double Hollyhocks.
http://springhillnursery.com/product.asp?pn=68868

I think alfredo shot a double hollyhock. I think they look like carnations, personally.


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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 03:07 PM
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13. They DO look like carnations.
I used to take those little hollyhock flowers and tie a string around the base to make a "head" and then the petals were the skirt. My cousins and I used to play with them like they were dolls.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 02:55 PM
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12. I really like how you composed the image.
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-25-06 08:05 AM
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22. Thanks.
I love shooting flowers against dark or semi-dark backgrounds:


I think that comes into play with the hollyhock shot, but I also like the juxtaposition between the natural flower form and the man-made trellis form.

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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-25-06 10:23 AM
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26. Sometimes i remove the backgroud all together.
I like that image too.

The background doesn't detract.
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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 04:13 PM
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14. Yes, hollyhocks.
And if you're feeling childlike you can make hollyhock dolls out of them: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/maasx003/garden/024283.html (a favorite pastime when I was growing up).
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 04:54 PM
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15. Coincidence?
I was out snapping pics with a friend yesterday, and took this one.

She informed me that this was a "Hollyhock", and then told me how she used to make little dolls with them when she was a child. She "pantomimed" the process without actually picking the flower.
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-25-06 08:09 AM
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23. More coincidence?
Blue said she used to do the same thing when she was a kid. I never heard of that game before.
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-25-06 02:17 PM
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28. A "Cosmic Vortex" is forming.....
....and it has something to do with HollyHocks and dolls!

See you on the other side of the HollyHocks!
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insane_cratic_gal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-23-06 10:27 PM
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2. It does have a tissue paper feel to it
very delicate leathery feel..


Would you mind if I played with it in photoshop?
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-23-06 10:49 PM
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3. Go for it.
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insane_cratic_gal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-23-06 11:03 PM
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5. Your original first








Might of gone a little over on the contrast, but I did series of things: isolated the pink from the background to boost it up a little. Sharpened it, cropped it a little to give it a tighter look. Boosted a little bit of the green.

I just tried to pop it a little while still trying to retain that paper feel.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-23-06 11:43 PM
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6. Very nice, it jumps right out of the image, grabs the eye.
I can see that contrast and manipulating the color balance needs to be done with my image. You brought out the details of the petals, made the texture more 3 dimensional.

I wasn't sure which direction i want to go with the image. By lowering the contrast I was going with a softer, end of the day feel in the image. I might even mess around with Duo Tone or grey scale. I don't work with back lit objects much, so this image will be a learning experience.
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insane_cratic_gal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-23-06 11:51 PM
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7. I think the back lighting is a beauty!
I think you did a fantastic job.


I have found that using channel mixer clicking on mono then adjusting the percentage of color.. for a black and white to be a far better way to make a black and white photo. Keep adding the 3 percentages up till they equal 100% so RED: 30% Green 40% Blue 30%


BTW the photo looks neat in a sepia color too or just messing with the hues if you can isolate the petals form the rest of the photo.

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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 10:28 AM
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8. I can't wait to start playing around with it. Maybe some
adjustment layers over monotone.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 08:49 PM
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16. this image is quite a bit brighter than the one on my drive.
The colors are much richer than what you see here. That is really odd.
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F.Gordon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 09:04 PM
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17. Looks damn fine to me
I wish I'd taken more flower snaps this summer. Your photo is very nice. Love the lighting on it. The paper tissue effect. Flowers are amazing "subjects".
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 10:48 PM
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20. Thanks. This image was from last year. I don't take many
flower images, and when I do I usually look for something a bit twisted, or "twist" it a bit when I get home.

So here's a monochrome with a red fill layer altered a bit using color balance. I wanted the inner petals to stand out a bit. The color doesn't show as well on the browser.







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F.Gordon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-25-06 12:15 AM
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21. I'm lappin' it with a sucky monitor
Still looks great.... I often wonder if color distracts from flower photos. I mean, not always. I like the B&W ya' did with this one.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-25-06 10:20 AM
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25. Going B&W forces people to see flowers in a different way.
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insane_cratic_gal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 09:05 PM
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18. Might be how your monitor is calibrated
Often my stuff looks fine to me.. but will look flat to someone else.

Maybe research that a little bit? I'd offer up more help but I am by far an expert on the subject
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 10:34 PM
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19. That's strange. I think it is how web browsers
display colors. I noticed the same thing with Mozilla browsers.

I recalibrated last week. The gamma needed a bit of a tweak.
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-25-06 08:41 AM
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24. I like it.
Unique texture to the petals and you framed the shot well.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-25-06 10:27 AM
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27. I can't wait for the fall so I can photograph my favorite
subjects, dead and decaying things.
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-25-06 02:21 PM
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29. Sounds like qa good contest theme!
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-25-06 02:39 PM
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30. Death, dying and decay. It can be beautiful.
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