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Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 29 July 2010 in Plant & Nature.

Yarrow growing in my garden. Added Orton effect and texture Concretely Lost by Evan Thot.

NIKON D300 1/50 second F/3.5 ISO 160 105 mm


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Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Oh, what a change in your style! Your photos are always colourful, bright, full of light and life. This one is dull, dark, a bit pale and looking old/used. Really interesting change. May I ask what was your intention in this photo?

29 Jul 2010 1:17pm

@Tomas Turecek: Tomas: I love how you comment on my images--thoughtfully. I had no conscious intention. As I look at it now, I don't like the very dark areas LLC and URC.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Well my yarrow is old and used! How do you get them to bloom throughout the summer? Seriously, Anita, although this is not vibrant, I think the texture here evokes an old world feeling. I like the selective soft focus, and I suppose you could have cropped this differently or applied a vignette, but I think it is still interesting as presented.

29 Jul 2010 3:45pm

@Julie Brown: Julie: I took this picture a month ago, at the end of June. I find that the white yarrow goes first, then the dark pink blooms and lasts longer. I think I will eliminate some of the dark in LLC and URC and see how it looks. Thanks, as always.

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Well, a lovely photo...may I weigh in on this discussion ?
I, too, love the old world feeling evoked by the texture.
Heaven help us if each of our photos had to have the same "look."
I too like the "dark' areas. But, to heighten the selective focus idea, what if you removed some of the texture from the flowers themselves to clarify and sharpen?
BTW, I love this yarrow with petals...the ones around here all seem to be shaped differently.

29 Jul 2010 5:21pm

@Dulcie: Dulcie--you are always more than welcome to join in on a critique of my images, or to begin a critique. That, plus practice, is how I improve. I'll check my original image--I think the drop off in focus was pretty sharp, so the rest of the flowers may be out of focus. I agree that it is good to explore and try new things, and appreciate the encouragement. Have you looked at one of your Yarrows with a macro?

Marcie from Newton, United States

I'm not going to get all involved in the minutiae here. Love the textured effect..and the result.

29 Jul 2010 6:47pm

Krims@nline.com from Wemmel, Belgium

Utterly beautifull image ...

29 Jul 2010 7:27pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Lovely, Anita. The texture works very well to give it a vintage look.

29 Jul 2010 9:16pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, FL, USA from Pompano Beach, United States

cool image !

29 Jul 2010 11:29pm

Dan Creighton from Pottstown, United States

For me I like the area with the flower a lot. The texture elsewhere is a bit distracting. Still a nice image though.

30 Jul 2010 4:18pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

This.. should be on a print. Perfect 5!

31 Jul 2010 1:39am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I think it needed a little more of the flower set free from the texture and pulled into focus - rather like it had 'broken through' - and, perhaps, a darkening of the edges to concentrate the view toward the center.

3 Aug 2010 6:54pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Good suggestions. This was not my most successful image. The more I look at it, the less I like the original image. Thanks!!

fucknilaomiu from putian, China

You have captured fall with the texture and color of the leaves. I've just come in for a quick break after digging up my dahlia tubers, and your photos are a treat. We have similar plants, but you have such an eye for composition and light.

6 Jan 2011 9:05am

1/50 second
ISO 160
105 mm