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Homage to van Dongen

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 21 January 2010 in Plant & Nature.

Tomas Turecek inspired me to create a photo in the style of one of my favorite flower photographers Ron van Dongen.

Taken indoors, natural light, toned in Photoshop 7.

NIKON D300 2/5 seconds F/16.0 ISO 125 105 mm


I have been INTERVIEWED three times by photo-buddies:
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António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Heavily processed, but I like the outcome. Well done.

21 Jan 2010 2:03pm

@António Pires: Not a lot of processing done. I converted it to B$W, added tone using Color Balance in photoshop, did normal levels and curves, etc., and sharpened. I did use Topaz Detail to bring out some details.

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Oh, this is lovely, Anita. I like the composition, details and how the stem looks like frosty. I also like the overlay, now I see that it makes it look warmer than simple B&W. Thanks for mentioning me, I would never thought that I will inspire you.

21 Jan 2010 2:04pm

@Tomas Turecek: Tomas: it is not an overlay. See note above to Antonio. We photographers inspire each other.

Dan Creighton from Pottstown, United States

Lovely high key image!

21 Jan 2010 2:34pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Exquisite - and love the gentle sepia toning. This is the week for light flowers!

21 Jan 2010 3:23pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Very, very nice, Anita! Clean and powerfully simple. Makes me want to visit some of the local greenhouses.

21 Jan 2010 4:26pm

@Larry Lefever: Go buy yourself a copule of Cyclamen's!

Mary from Exton, United States

Wonderful Image!!! Truely an inspiration!

21 Jan 2010 5:07pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Stunning. Five Stars. Beautiful shapes and slightly pink tone.
Your inspiration shows, and you have done van Dongen proud !!!

21 Jan 2010 5:40pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Very beautiful achievement and hue that him going well, successful, bravo!

21 Jan 2010 5:57pm

Jerry - a moment in time [...] from Chicago, United States

nice white on white! seriously very professional

21 Jan 2010 6:52pm

@Jerry - a moment in time [...]: Thank you for your kind comment and for visiting!

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland


21 Jan 2010 6:57pm

@KriKridesign: Thank you!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This is very brave presentation but it works extremely well and has a a glowing quality about it. The detail and definition is precisely where it is needed. Beautiful work.

21 Jan 2010 7:05pm

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Now I realized that you have really white background, not like mine gray. May I ask how did you achieve it?

21 Jan 2010 9:06pm

@Tomas Turecek: I will tell you what I can remember. I used this set up flickr (cat is optional). I may have angled the reflecting boards a bit more towards the windows. I shot in RAW and converted using Elements 7. I then used Photoshop 7. I set the white point using Levels, grabbing the far right eyedropper (white point) and clicking it on a very white spot on the image. I may have toned it down a bit afterwards with the Opacity slider, not sure. I cleaned it up with my clone tool, image set at 100%. Used Topaz Detail to bring out some of the detail. Used Topaz Detail (I think) to convert to B&W. Then I used Color Balance to bring in some color--I believe I added red--I played around experimenting. Tone Balance was set at Midtones. I opened Selective Color, chose White, and moved the black a bit to the left. I rotated the image and cloned in the edges.

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Oh, and may I see the original file? I mean without any adjustments.

21 Jan 2010 9:07pm

@Tomas Turecek: Tomas: Here is the original, flickr. I believe I did a levels adjustment to it. But, I hadn't converted it to B&W, nor run it through Topaz Detail, nor added that bit of color, nor rotated it nor cleaned it.

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

and thant you for the discovery of Van Dongen...I didn't know him...(In fact I don't know lot of photographs...easier for me to give 20 painters than 5 photographs...!)

21 Jan 2010 10:00pm

elmer from Tours, France

good evening. high key treatment well done on this flower. I appreciate.

21 Jan 2010 10:01pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Amazing result!
Wonderful, delicate and pure:-)

21 Jan 2010 10:39pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful work Anita....and interesting to read about your work process....You've done Ron van Dongen proud!!

21 Jan 2010 11:49pm

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Anita, thank you very much for detailed descriptions above. I still wonder how you were able to get the background brighter than the flower because I get it vice versa with the same setup. I'll need to play with it more. Thank you!

22 Jan 2010 8:18am

@Tomas Turecek: Tomas: Try turning the background board/paper more at an angle towards the window, so it is getting more light than the flower. You are right that one has to play with it. Now that I think of it, I was photographing on a somewhat bright day.

Marcie from Boston, United States

Love the white-on-white. This must have been so hard to do. Fantastic!!!

22 Jan 2010 1:15pm

Jeff Berkes from United States

Thanks for the compliments! I am hoping to try and make this blog thing happen! I just haven't had all that muich time lately. Thanks again!

P.S I have a new post from my NYC Workshop up now!

22 Jan 2010 7:02pm

don from Spokane, United States

A fine composition made spectacular with your special processing. An exquisite image!

22 Jan 2010 7:02pm

Sandy from United States

This is time of year that flowers catch my eye, This is a beauty.

22 Jan 2010 9:06pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

This is so elegant and stunningly beautiful! Wonderful job with your work on this!

23 Jan 2010 4:58pm

@Tracy: Thank you!

Yvonne from United States

Love the white on white concept, it works so well. the detail found in the center of the flower is very nice!

23 Jan 2010 7:27pm

k@ from Paris, France

Oh this is amazing, and so much elegance in this tone & delicacy ! bravo

23 Jan 2010 8:08pm

@k@: Thank you!!

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Lovely high key image Diane with great fine details. Wonder how this would print though. Would it appear washed out? Curious.

23 Jan 2010 8:27pm

Andrei Barbu from Timisoara, Romania

Beautiful work!

23 Jan 2010 11:09pm

crash from Weehawken, United States

fantastic work! a beautiful shot

24 Jan 2010 4:29am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Amazing image, just beautiful!

25 Jan 2010 8:13am

Betsy Barron from Chester Springs, PA, United States

a stunning shot. I imagine that it's cold and frosty and this beauty is preparing to brave some snow. just my feeling when I look at this

31 Jan 2010 1:20pm

@Betsy Barron: Thanks, Betsy!!!

2/5 seconds
ISO 125
105 mm