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Painting the Roses... Orange???
Painting the Roses... Orange???

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Challenge: Orange II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2010 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Home
Date: Mar 27, 2010
Aperture: 9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Mar 27, 2010

First entry with the 7D and new lens.

Take on the Alice in Wonderland scene painting the roses red.

Taking with 2 strobes and a reflector.

Editing was just exposure, clarity, crop, resize, usm, sfw.

Place: 69 out of 175
Avg (all users): 5.6423
Avg (commenters): 6.7143
Avg (participants): 5.5676
Avg (non-participants): 5.7302
Views since voting: 594
Views during voting: 233
Votes: 137
Comments: 9
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04/07/2010 07:48:04 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

LOL, 21.gif jminso, you get an Alice to critique an 'Alice' image. Heh, heh. You also get a painter, so that's where this Critique will head.

First, you didn't do all that badly in the scoring, especially in this tough Challenge.

Now, that second rose: if you were using watercolor paints (or anything that you can dilute, other than oils), you might thin it down lots with water and then just dunk the rose in it & keep it upside down until fairly dry. Presently, the poor thing just looks (er, ahem) destroyed. Then, on the foreground rose, I don't know what that rectangular orange slice of paper(?) is doing there. For verisimilitude, it would have been lots better to just hold a paint-loaded orange brush next to, or on a petal. The lighting to me is okay, and I don't mind the hand. Probably helps.

The completely black background is a strong plus and sets off your composition nicely.

So, to sum up, you did well, and obviously enjoyed making this image, so a big plus all around.


OK, PS a couple of days later: I see that IS the end of a brush there not an (ahem) piece of paper, but my comment still holds. The brush 'should' be a nice pointy long narrow bristled item that would touch the petal lightly. 'nuff of painterly critiquing, before I paint myself into another corner.

Message edited by author 2010-04-09 20:07:52.
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04/06/2010 07:01:57 AM
I like the idea (I definitely got the alice in wonderland reference!), but the lighting seemed a little flat to me. I would have liked a little more side lighting on one side, or something, to bring out the dimensionality a little more. The leaf on the right has good relief, but the roses seem to lack details and depth.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/03/2010 07:55:07 PM
A very good one: idea + execution.
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04/03/2010 11:08:07 AM
hmmmm not a bad idea...for me I would have liked to see the flowers closer with the brush (no hand) only
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04/02/2010 05:06:59 PM
why ?????
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03/31/2010 08:48:01 PM
Great concept and very well executed. Made me smile.
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03/30/2010 04:37:00 PM
Clever idea, and something different from the many many orange flower shots in this challenge :-)
I especially like that you included the different stages of the painting, with one untouched, one in the process, and one practically finished.
If the hand (your hand?) was situated more in the top left corner and angling downwards, I think the composition would be even more pleasing.
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03/29/2010 04:09:27 PM
Well-executed idea.
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03/29/2010 08:42:57 AM
Great concept and nicely executed with lovely lighting.
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