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01-09-2008, 12:41 AM
I took this photo in our yard this summer with the sun behind the flower. I was trying to capture the light. On Velour paper with cretacolor pastel pencils. C&C welcome,

thanks for looking, Linda

01-09-2008, 12:44 AM
Flower is vibrant. The background could use more dark IMO. It would POP the flower out even more.

01-09-2008, 01:07 AM
Hi there fellow txn.. Not to far from me either :) Im in Lubbock. This is really nice! What a pretty flower.. I agree about more darks to pop that beauty out a bit more! Good job!

01-09-2008, 01:20 AM
Howdy back and I'll try darkening the bg, thanks

01-09-2008, 06:07 AM
I love the way the flower just stands right out! Maybe a darker background would make it pop more but the flower is super!

01-09-2008, 11:44 AM
I might be crazy, but I think the flower stands out already...and I like the muted bg. Great job!


01-09-2008, 06:07 PM
Hello Linda, beautiful flower, that coolish red contrasts very finely with the brighter and the more muted greens. I guess there wasn't many darks in the photo, and I think the red/green contrast does 'pop' the flower.

If I may offer you a general guideline -- it is the darks that determine the intensity of the light, so if you choose a set-up or a photo with at least 50% shadow in it, the lights will shine.

I looked again, and saw that you've softened the edges of the muted greens, very nice.


01-10-2008, 12:50 PM
Thanks for the photography tip, I really hadn't thought about a formula type application to the pictures that capture my interest, but I think I do look for contrast. I have darkened the bg and the center of the flower and it does pop it out more. My scanner seems to have made it grainier (sp?) this go round, but over all I'm happy with it. Thanks everyone:wave: