I can only admire the knowledge and skill that makes such images.
I find the stalk of the plant creeping in bottom right on the first one a bit of distraction. But, hey, let's not get nit-picky here!
In terms of personal preference (because distinctions can't, I suggest, be made on the basis of technical or artistic ability and application) the second appeals to me greatly. I think it's the simplicity of colour. The first is more 'complicated' and makes me work harder, whereas, I can just sit back and stare at the second ... and enjoy.
I did some orchids in October and I was just thinking that I would post them up and see what you all thought of them. Rob, you beat me to it!
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/for...bers/m5575.htm I blame Thatcher, I blame drugs, I blame cheap booze in supermarkets, I blame the war (which war?), I blame everyone... mutter, mutter...
Poor new members are just going to get confused and start asking where the wine appreciation society section is on the site.Have you seen what Captain Clacton has on his signature?
As if there could be any serious competition! "Harem, gather round!"...cos Captain Clacton is set to rival the Scotsman in attracting a bevy of beauties as fans
Now, that's fascinating. I didn't know the one flagged 'A' was up for sale. If you look at the image I put into the 'Any Snow' Thread, that's it first on the right.
You'd be able to look out of your window, lovingly, across the road to me!
ps - Rob - Are you sure that's not old info? The prices seem low.
If you look on the left of the map it lists the properties for sale, including this one. You can get all the details from there. You can also do it by clicking on 'A' on the map then clicking on the house image in the pop-up window.
Life can be so cruel.
That's right, Rob! Let it all out! Just think, if you had a harem, you could be carried on a litter as well as all your lenses, etc. You'd never have to walk to a location again. You'd have miles of garden flowers to photograph, too. But, you'd have to be smooth and drink wine - no beer!
Why, thanks! (Never mind all that stuff I said before.) I'll just go get one or two...Why not post them here, Katy? I'm feeling better now after that rant....
Didn't I warn you all that a rant was coming!!
At least I won my personal bet as to who would spot the signature.
Nae cotillon, brent new frae France,
But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels,
Put life and mettle in their heels.
A winnock-bunker in the east,
There sat auld Nick, in shape o' beast;
A towzie tyke, black, grim, and large,
To gie them music was his charge:
He screw'd the pipes and gart them skirl,
Till roof and rafters a' did dirl. -
Coffins stood round, like open presses,
That shaw'd the Dead in their last dresses;
And (by some devilish cantraip sleight)
Each in its cauld hand held a light.
By which heroic Tam was able
To note upon the haly table,
A murderer's banes, in gibbet-airns;
Twa span-lang, wee, unchristened bairns;
A thief, new-cutted frae a rape,
Wi' his last gasp his gabudid gape;
Five tomahawks, wi' blude red-rusted:
Five scimitars, wi' murder crusted;
A garter which a babe had strangled:
A knife, a father's throat had mangled.
Whom his ain son of life bereft,
The grey-hairs yet stack to the heft;
Wi' mair of horrible and awfu',
Which even to name wad be unlawfu'.
Three lawyers tongues, turned inside oot,
Wi' lies, seamed like a beggars clout,
Three priests hearts, rotten, black as muck,
Lay stinkin, vile in every neuk.
As Tammie glowr'd, amaz'd, and curious,
The mirth and fun grew fast and furious;
The Piper loud and louder blew,
The dancers quick and quicker flew,
The reel'd, they set, they cross'd, they cleekit,
Till ilka carlin swat and reekit,
And coost her duddies to the wark,
And linkit at it in her sark!
May I share one or two or three or.... I've got a hundred of these pics "back at home".
AV priority 55mm shutter 1/2 f16 ISO100 spot metering
Should I have, somehow, lit the center a bit? I wanted to focus on the glowing bits. The bottom is cut off so that there's no background. Is that just wrong?
AV 1/2 f16 55mm ISO100 spot metering
AV 1/5 Ev.33 f7.1 55mm ISO100 spot metering
I am thinking that #2 above would be "better" but I really like #3 best. Why, I wonder? The negative space on the left or is it just the aperture? (I tried it with the other crop and didn't like it as well.)
AV 55mm 0.4 f9 ISO100 spot
Is the one above too simple?
And, then, finally, I really had a lot to work with. They're subtle flowers but look at all of the color that is in them. I never touched the saturation or tints. I only tweaked the low, mid and high tones to bring these colors out.
AV 39mm 0.4 f11 ISO100 spot metering
Are they all boring? Are they pretty or interesting? I really struggled between striking a balance between how soft and subtle they are in real life and making them "ping" in the photo more. There was so much in this flower to "work" with - I kind of didn't know what to do.
In conclusion, I've fiddled with these for over a month and can't decide what to think of or do with them.