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Full Critique Calla lily

Pete Larkin

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For this, I took 10 shots, moving about the lily, and blended all the layers in PS, with a dab of blur on all but the background layer. The opacity was varied with each layer, and finally, a bit of reduction in clarity over the edge of the flower to soften the overlaps. Based on a method by Pep Ventosa. This is about the 6th or 7th go, so I think I'm getting there with the impressionist feel. Lily.jpgAny comments welcome.
 

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Very nice. I really enjoy when people work outside the box. Another method I've used several times is ICM. (Intentional camera movement) to create similar images in camera. ICM has both advantages and disadvantages. You never are quite sure what you have till after the shot, but then again it's kind of exciting seeing something appear.
 

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Well Pete most of use try to keep things steady to get a sharp picture
You certainly have this a blurred feel.
 

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Very nice. I really enjoy when people work outside the box. Another method I've used several times is ICM. (Intentional camera movement) to create similar images in camera. ICM has both advantages and disadvantages. You never are quite sure what you have till after the shot, but then again it's kind of exciting seeing something appear.
Thanks William. It's not fully the effect I want, but it's heading that way. I think the choice of flower will be crucial. I'll keep trying. ICM also is a good bet, thanks.
Well Pete most of use try to keep things steady to get a sharp picture
You certainly have this a blurred feel.
CHeers Mike. Blurred is not quite what I'm after - more...indistinct, shall we say:grin:
 

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Thanks William. It's not fully the effect I want, but it's heading that way. I think the choice of flower will be crucial. I'll keep trying. ICM also is a good bet, thanks.
CHeers Mike. Blurred is not quite what I'm after - more...indistinct, shall we say:grin:
With that being the critirea something you might try is ICM with zoom. With camera on a tripod, and a long shutter. Zooming in or out while the shutter is open creates some interesting effects around the perimeter while the center remains more recognizable, as in this one.
Hyperspace by William Raber, on Flickr

If you camera supports "Additive Exposure" it's possible to take multiple shots, moving the camera between shots. The camera combines those images, and uses only the information not already included. Doing it in camera is still a "trial & error" method, as you have to guess at the combined shot settings a bit for the effect you want. This is a three shot example of that method.
Fig Replication by William Raber, on Flickr

Main thing to remember is HAVE FUN with them!!! However, a word of warning they can become addictive. LOL
 

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Main thing to remember is HAVE FUN with them!!! However, a word of warning they can become addictive. LOL
Thank you - some ideas with which to conjure! I'm grateful!
 

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Cool photo..:)
 
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