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Post by minniev » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:55 pm

Three looks at the canna lily bed that has inhabited my old house for 100 years. All comments and suggestions and edits welcome.
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Post by St3v3M » Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:03 am

minniev wrote:Three looks at the canna lily bed that has inhabited my old house for 100 years. All comments and suggestions and edits welcome.

I'm really in love with the first! Is that desaturated green or did I make that up looking at it? I love that I can't tell. Seriously beautiful! S-
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Post by minniev » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:57 pm

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minniev wrote:Three looks at the canna lily bed that has inhabited my old house for 100 years. All comments and suggestions and edits welcome.

I'm really in love with the first! Is that desaturated green or did I make that up looking at it? I love that I can't tell. Seriously beautiful! S-

Thank you. That first one was the only one I really liked, so I'm glad to have some affirmation. It is monochrome but I did a bit of toning and don't even remember exactly what I did (a common problem for me).

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Post by St3v3M » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:14 pm

minniev wrote:Thank you. That first one was the only one I really liked, so I'm glad to have some affirmation. It is monochrome but I did a bit of toning and don't even remember exactly what I did (a common problem for me).

This stuff is way too much fun.

Love it! S-
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:55 pm

minniev wrote:Three looks at the canna lily bed that has inhabited my old house for 100 years. All comments and suggestions and edits welcome.


Minnie, I prefer the third: I like the curling lines on the lower leaf on the left, the very dark something or other in the center, the swirly section just below the something or other. Lots of motion, lots to keep looking at, lots of returns within the frame. I'll have to start experimenting; this has inspired me. Thanks. Matt
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Post by Charles Haacker » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:11 am

I consider that they are a triptych. I don't have a favorite. They are all very good, each in its own way. I am very drawn to the second one because of its "smoky" bokeh, and the fact that it's a "rule breaker" by having a dark subject against a light background that (theoretically) draws the eye, except it doesn't. I think you should consider printing and hanging all three.
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Post by minniev » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:53 pm

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minniev wrote:Three looks at the canna lily bed that has inhabited my old house for 100 years. All comments and suggestions and edits welcome.


Minnie, I prefer the third: I like the curling lines on the lower leaf on the left, the very dark something or other in the center, the swirly section just below the something or other. Lots of motion, lots to keep looking at, lots of returns within the frame. I'll have to start experimenting; this has inspired me. Thanks. Matt


Thanks for sharing your thoughts. The dark something is a bud, and I had trouble getting it sharp enough so let it hide in darkness for better or worse. The fun of it was the backlighting coming through the leaves, which made it easy to find patterns.
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Post by minniev » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:55 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:I consider that they are a triptych. I don't have a favorite. They are all very good, each in its own way. I am very drawn to the second one because of its "smoky" bokeh, and the fact that it's a "rule breaker" by having a dark subject against a light background that (theoretically) draws the eye, except it doesn't. I think you should consider printing and hanging all three.


Thanks Chuck. I didn't have much intent for them but they turned out to be more fun to fool with than I expected, and one day, when the house is done, they may hang in there. There are a lot of walls in that old house. I really enjoyed your explanation of what you like about the second one.
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