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Fern and Leaf

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 5 November 2009 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Texture overlay with stroke and darkened selection applied

NIKON D300 8/5 seconds F/16.0 ISO 200 120 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

This makes me feel warm but at the same time I know it is autumn! Very nice work!

5 Nov 2009 6:34am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Wonderful combination of colors, shapes, and patterns. Beautifully combined and "framed."

5 Nov 2009 6:36am

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Now THIS is art! It's simply wonderful - colours, composition, combination of subjects, texture, frame. Everything work just perfectly for me. One very small nit (It wouldn't be me ;)) - maybe the overlay texture of ferns could be a little bit more transparent. Especially over the red leaf the structure of fern in texture is visible and it distract me a bit. This is only a small nit which can't hide the artistic quality of this masterpiece! Hat off!

5 Nov 2009 7:10am

@Tomas Turecek: Thanks, Tomas. Some of the structure of the fern came from Topaz Clean, which 'cleaned up' the fern detail, but gave it more of an artsy look as well. I was ok with it in this case and was pleased with the overlay so I left it at 90%. It's more intense than what I usually do, but then, I usually do flowers, not ferns, so I stepped 'out of the box' here. :-)

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Beautifully done, I like very much the detail and the colors, good composition.

5 Nov 2009 7:13am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!!! Both thumbs up from me! This is wonderful! Great tones and processing. Well done

5 Nov 2009 9:08am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Very creative, and so beautiful !!

5 Nov 2009 9:42am

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

Wonderful processing, Barbara. Bravo!

5 Nov 2009 11:09am

Eldiablo from Les Issambres, France

superbe *****

5 Nov 2009 11:43am

Ed Vatza from Lehigh Valley, PA, United States

Excellent composition and beautiful execution. At first, I wasn't 100% sold on the overlay as presented but it grew on me. Very nicely done.

5 Nov 2009 11:50am

@Ed Vatza: Thanks, Ed. I'm often surprised when I hit the blending mode and see what the result is. I changed the colors of the texture before blending and was happy with the greens/golds and reds I got. I even left it at 90% opacity which I often don't do.

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Very nice processing, it looks like an HDR image.

5 Nov 2009 2:17pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

This is really a wonderful picture..I love the processing and the intens colors!

5 Nov 2009 3:09pm

Nance E from Cary, United States

It looks like a painting. It would be neat to see it in its original form also as a contrast. Beautiful.

5 Nov 2009 3:10pm

@Nance E: Thanks, Nance. It was really a macro of a fern leaf against an out of focus bg. I used Topaz Clean to clean up the leaf, and then used a quilt fabric image (changing the colors in 'hue' to blend with my golds/reds) and did the overlay at 90% opacity.

Marilyn Cornwell from Toronto, Canada

A beautiful still life composition and gorgeous treatment! Fabulous!!

5 Nov 2009 3:20pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


5 Nov 2009 3:55pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

A really nice work here - the slightly transparent red leaf works as it is, and I like your explanation of how you got the effect! :)

5 Nov 2009 4:38pm

zOOm from Paris, France

Amazing work on textures, it really looks like real golden leaves !

5 Nov 2009 7:06pm

Bill from Pacific Northwest, United States

Wonderfully created and executed. The light versus dark and sharp versus soft focus give the image such great depth.

5 Nov 2009 9:59pm

georges-louis from CLARA, France

belle approche créative, c'est superbe

5 Nov 2009 10:08pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

i like it ,a beautiful masterpiece!
Five stars!

5 Nov 2009 10:11pm

Jen from Bartlett, United States

Ferns or flowers, you have an eye for beauty. Keep it up, we learn so much.

5 Nov 2009 10:56pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful job......seems you must have more patience than I do most of the time....and it certainly pays off for ya!!!

5 Nov 2009 11:01pm

@Susan: Thanks, Susan - this was really one of the easiest as I didn't do any painting on the layer mask. :-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Looks like a painting.. wonderful work. Like the presentation.

6 Nov 2009 9:17am

roy from ostend, Belgium

Super nice work, colors give a warm effect on my.

6 Nov 2009 8:02pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

a beautiful picture, like a painting !

7 Nov 2009 6:25am

Ken from United States

Barbara! What a talent you have! Great!

7 Nov 2009 4:59pm

Marie from France

magnifiques, ces couleurs et ce traitement !

7 Nov 2009 10:34pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

wow, what a nice shot, wonderful colors

8 Nov 2009 3:07pm

mascha from kootstertille, Netherlands

Beautiful colours and a great composition, it looks like a painting!!
Good work!!
bye Mascha

8 Nov 2009 7:03pm

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

Lovely work, Barbara ... beautifully realized autumnal tableau ... ron

9 Nov 2009 1:52pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Thank you very much to all who stopped by and left a comment!

9 Nov 2009 2:28pm

Ernest from Sydney, Australia

A beauiful layout and perfect layering.

10 Nov 2009 10:32pm

@Ernest: Thanks so much, Ernest.

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

wonderfully done, excellent processing!

12 Nov 2009 6:52pm

@bekkah: Thanks, Bekkah!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Most artistically presented...a fern frond in autumn!

16 Nov 2009 5:48am

@Japanalia: Appreciate your stopping by and thanks for the comment!

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Outstanding work!

18 Dec 2009 8:25pm

8/5 seconds
ISO 200
120 mm (35mm equiv.)