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Mug with Dry Flowers

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 12 January 2009 in Miscellaneous.

This is the first of a series of little challenges Mary Brooks Brown and I have set for ourselves. Every two weeks for the next few months we will each post our image of a preselected subject.

Today's subject is mugs/cups. I began with just the mug, but eventually added the dry flowers. :-) I also applied textures, which is something I'm just beginning to explore. I failed to note the name of the creator of the texture, so I am unable to give credit as I am supposed to do.

To see Mary's images, click on her name in the first paragraph.

See Sue Henry, who inspired me to experiment with textures.

KONICA MINOLTA MAXXUM 5D 13/10 second F/32.0 ISO 100 40 mm


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Betty from New Jersey, United States

Beautiful crispness to the dried flowers, Anita. And beautiful colors. Excellent processing. Will you be posting the link the Mary Brooks Brown?

12 Jan 2009 11:06am

@Betty: Betty:

Thank you! I'm glad you like my image. If you click on the name Mary Brooks Brown in my description above, that should take you to Mary's blog. I may add a clearer link to her image. Do visit her blog. Her interpretation of this exercise is quite creative.

Paul Michko from Exton, PA, United States

Simply marvelous, Anita. I love the still life and the treatment.

12 Jan 2009 11:17am

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Of course, being an expert in the flower domain, you would have to add flowers. The balance of the composition, the colours and the processing make a beautiful image.

12 Jan 2009 11:34am

Frida from Sweden

Beautiful composition and I love the treatment you have given the image.

12 Jan 2009 11:39am

Mary from Exton, United States

Anita, This is beautiful, creative, and simply marvelous! I love it!!!

12 Jan 2009 12:20pm

Marcie from United States

Wonderful! Love the simplicity...the color...especially the textures. Gotta try that!!!

12 Jan 2009 12:35pm

Kerri from Blacksburg, United States


12 Jan 2009 1:13pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Quite artful, Ania -- and a departure in style..

12 Jan 2009 1:52pm

Sue from Paducah, United States

Very nice interpretation of the theme. And, interesting to compare Mary's image. Of course I have to add nice use of texture! You know that I'm a fan of adding texture. This post has me looking forward to more; more of the challenge series, and more of the texture work.

12 Jan 2009 2:34pm

Ed Heaton from Atglen, United States

Great self project and very nice presentation! I love the textured look...

12 Jan 2009 3:20pm

Ed Heaton from Atglen, United States

Great self project and very nice presentation! I love the textured look...

12 Jan 2009 3:21pm

john4jack from Corvallis, United States

Wonderful composition. Superb processing.

12 Jan 2009 3:37pm

Betsy Barron from Glenmoore, United States

This is beautiful - the texture adds so much to the image - a really antique, well-worn feel - beautiful! Can't wait to go see Mary's now!! ps. This is also one of only a few I've ever seen from you at 40mm!!

12 Jan 2009 5:28pm

@Betsy Barron: Thank you, Betsy! You noticed that I didn't use my macro lens. Good for you. I meant to mention that in my description, but forgot. I used the kit lens

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

I like everything about this . . although it is an assembly of parts, it reads perfectly as one image and I do like the antique feel the texture has given.

12 Jan 2009 9:11pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Now how can I put this? Ummm...This is simply...GORGEOUS!

13 Jan 2009 5:56am

Carsten from Denmark

Very nice.
Where can I put this, asked Laurie. I'd like it on my wall!

13 Jan 2009 8:10am

David R. Ross from United States

I'm imagining that the speckled cup inspired you to try the textured look. This seems a perfect composition/theme to try that technique. I delight in the very different but equally charming ways you and Mary responded to the challenge.

13 Jan 2009 5:47pm

Colin Butterworth from Australia

A very nice still life. The texture compliments the subject well! great shot!

13 Jan 2009 11:00pm

Lorie from United States

I like the contrast of the blue with the brown hues of the dried flowers. Also the texture is subtle but interesting. I'm looking forward to seeing the other assignments you guys have - great job! Lorie

14 Jan 2009 1:32pm

Diane - Daily Walks from SF Bay Area, United States

Wonderful treatment here, Anita, combined with the classical composition!

14 Jan 2009 3:31pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, CA, United States

Oh my, this is exquisite!

15 Jan 2009 1:39am

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Lovely composition Anita, great choice of colors and textures. You definitely have a creative eye for this, great work.

15 Jan 2009 2:41am

Pradeep from Chennai, India

Fantastic work, amazing execution...love it :)

20 Jan 2009 5:32pm

13/10 second
ISO 100
40 mm