Peter Elliston  

Fading hydrangeas by Peter Elliston

October 2020 - Fading hydrangeas

About the Image(s)

A departure for me this month - no people! The pandemic has forced me to consider alternative options and so I have bought an A2 size lightbox and come inside to photograph the remaining garden flowers which are still showing some of their previous beauty but also are now beautiful in an autumnal way. So these are some hydrangeas rendered into something like a painting. I also followed two online tutorials by Harold Davies who was referred to by another PSA critique group member in another group. This details his techniques which involve painting in on several layers. I have also used Topaz Studio to create the background effect. Other details - Fuji XT3 using a 60mm lens 4 seconds and various other shutter speeds at f22.

4 comments posted

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
I like the composition and the way the colors of the flowers and background complement each other. The technique is beyond me, I can't think of any suggestions for change.   Posted: 10/06/2020 19:56:09

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
A nice contrast to Dick's Bird of Paradise submitted this month. The choice to go soft and subtle works here. I'm feeling a natural flow from the florals into the background. The small amount of texture in the background provides a type of vignette for the still life.

Like what you did.

P.S. you are given one excused absence for not posting people this round!   Posted: 10/09/2020 11:50:59

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
A technique that is way beyond my knowledge of post production. Very well done.   Posted: 10/09/2020 13:25:35

John Hackett   John Hackett
As Joe says a complete contrast to Dicks Bird of Paradise. I like the softness and the subtle shades. It tells the story of the last days of summer as the flowers fade away into autumn.I like the fact we have a few blooms stillhanging on to their colour.   Posted: 10/16/2020 10:02:17


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