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.
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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.
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.
Lovely high key image!
21 Jan 2010 2:34pm
Exquisite - and love the gentle sepia toning. This is the week for light flowers!
21 Jan 2010 3:23pm
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!
Wonderful Image!!! Truely an inspiration!
21 Jan 2010 5:07pm
Stunning. Five Stars. Beautiful shapes and slightly pink tone.
Your inspiration shows, and you have done van Dongen proud !!!
21 Jan 2010 5:40pm
Very beautiful achievement and hue that him going well, successful, bravo!
21 Jan 2010 5:57pm
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!
21 Jan 2010 6:57pm
@KriKridesign: Thank you!
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
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.
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.
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
good evening. high key treatment well done on this flower. I appreciate.
21 Jan 2010 10:01pm
Wonderful, delicate and pure:-)
21 Jan 2010 10:39pm
Beautiful work Anita....and interesting to read about your work process....You've done Ron van Dongen proud!!
21 Jan 2010 11:49pm
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.
Love the white-on-white. This must have been so hard to do. Fantastic!!!
22 Jan 2010 1:15pm
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
A fine composition made spectacular with your special processing. An exquisite image!
This is time of year that flowers catch my eye, This is a beauty.
22 Jan 2010 9:06pm
This is so elegant and stunningly beautiful! Wonderful job with your work on this!
23 Jan 2010 4:58pm
@Tracy: Thank you!
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
Oh this is amazing, and so much elegance in this tone & delicacy ! bravo
23 Jan 2010 8:08pm
@k@: Thank you!!
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
23 Jan 2010 11:09pm
fantastic work! a beautiful shot
24 Jan 2010 4:29am
Amazing image, just beautiful!
25 Jan 2010 8:13am
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!!!
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