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The Sacred Lotus

Post by St3v3M » Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:39 pm

The Sacred Lotus of Echo Park Lake. S-
- Nelumbo nucifera
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Post by minniev » Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:53 pm

St3v3M wrote:The Sacred Lotus of Echo Park Lake. S-
- Nelumbo nucifera

This is a really beautiful image, it takes your breath away just to look at it. It has everything: gorgeous color that manages to be both rich and delicate, perfect composition with those lines leading from lower right towards upper left, the wonderful light that seems to emanate from within that flower, the slightly OOF foliage and blurred background, the black shadowed area. Composition, clarity, color, light, impact. Wow.

I have an old how-to Photoshop book in a series named the Wow series, and the front of it is a pink lily like this and the word WOW! I thought of that when I saw this image, but I think your lily is better.

It is hard to find anything to criticize here. I might have left a smidgen more black space between the top petal tip and the top of the frame but that's negligible and I had to think a while to come up with it. Thanks for sharing a really wonderful image.
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Post by LindaShorey » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:05 pm

Exquisite work, Steve. A true wowsa moment for me. At first I wished to remove the tiny insect (?) under the flower and the imperfections on the one petal, but those are reminders of reality and a nice contrast against the gorgeous look of the rest. I hope you feel very proud of what you've done here!
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Post by uuglypher » Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:04 pm

Hi, Steve,
A gorgeous floral portrait.
Now for critique:
Could have stood a bit closer crop on the right...perhaps not.
The serious irregularity of petal vein spacing of petal Fibonacci #21 is terribly distracting. Next time try to find a less deviant example.
I"m sweatin' here, Steve...that's all I got!

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Post by rmalarz » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:54 pm

Beautifully done, St3v3.
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Post by Psjunkie » Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:52 am

At first I thought as minniev, more room at the top, but naw, not needed. Wonderful shot St3v3m you are starting to shine...if anything I would consider doing something to the oof bright edge of the leaf lower left.

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Post by davechinn » Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:25 am

St3v3M wrote:The Sacred Lotus of Echo Park Lake. S-
- Nelumbo nucifera


I'm not much at photographing flowers anymore, but that could change at any moment. I do like this for the details in the pedals. Nice work, Steve !!!
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Post by Charles Haacker » Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:56 pm

I just plain love it. You ain't gettin' critique from me. I love the light and translucency. No wonder it was sacred to so many cultures. :thumbup:
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Post by Ceropegia » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:01 pm

I second what Charles said!

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