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Antique Cactus

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 25 February 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Thank you for your personal comments on the two different versions of the Shooting Stars. One of the reasons that I sometimes post multiple images of the same shot is to remind myself of the wonderful diversity that exists in the photographic community. It also is a reminder to be true to my own vision (while at the same time being willing to stretch and expand that vision).

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystical. It is the source of all true art and science.
- Albert Einstein

NIKON D80 1/500 second F/8.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

Tammy/Cricket from Huntsville, United States

What a great quote by Albert Einstein!

This is a unique image. It appears almost like paper. Beautiful processing once again. You are pulling all sorts of tricks out of the bag!

25 Feb 2009 5:10am

@Tammy/Cricket: Aminus3 is a wonderful motivator to explore and have fun!

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Wow...really great processing here, Jack. The light, faded colours are beautiful.

25 Feb 2009 5:19am

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Great processing. Love the frame. This can make a very nice background in a card.

25 Feb 2009 5:20am

@Hema Iyer: Thanks, Hema. I love making photo cards. Packets of cards is my primary gift these past few years.

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

This is exquisite. I love the sepia toning, giving it a romantic, vintage quality.

25 Feb 2009 5:33am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Good ole Albert...so very wise!
I love this shot...it reminds me of an old postcard...love the processing:-)

25 Feb 2009 5:52am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

And I am surprised by this image. Always thought an image of a cactus will be prickly.

25 Feb 2009 5:57am

Didier from somewhere, France

Nice photograph and toning I like also this framing

25 Feb 2009 6:14am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Little sad... like a cimetary flowers... I think I will prefer color version... sorry

25 Feb 2009 6:42am

@Marie LC: The colored version was on January 27.

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Magnifique!!!!! J'adore la teinte de cette image d'une belle douceur! Bravo!!!!!

25 Feb 2009 7:59am

Mathilde from Fontainebleau, France

Amazing that APV! Great macro, I like the soft tones!

25 Feb 2009 8:03am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

quelle délicatesse dans le traitement **********

25 Feb 2009 8:20am

Catalin from Bucharest, Romania

great processing, the light is excellent

25 Feb 2009 8:38am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Like an old postcard and with beautiful flowers, beautiful presentation with vignetting.

25 Feb 2009 8:48am

k@ from Paris, France

What a beautiful pic full of romantism !!

25 Feb 2009 10:15am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Nice picture and processing !

25 Feb 2009 10:49am

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

your treatment is superb, John and cacti seem to have these 100 years, as the photo .. but the flowers have retained their allure parchment .. is delicate as a gift, thank you

25 Feb 2009 10:56am

Denise from Perry, United States

Wonderful, would hang this on a wall in a bedroom. Would add to the atmosphere of antiquity.

25 Feb 2009 10:56am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Beautiful processing!

25 Feb 2009 11:04am

Veronelle from Lens, France

wunderfull composition

25 Feb 2009 12:14pm

zOOm from Paris, France

Nice choice then for the processing... ! A lovely composition.

25 Feb 2009 12:18pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from The library of my soul, United Kingdom

Beautifully observed and presented, Jack

25 Feb 2009 12:27pm

Polydactyle from Canada

Wonderful treatment! A very beautiful soft b/w.

25 Feb 2009 12:39pm

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Great job. Love the title, matches the theme well. I agree with Hema.

25 Feb 2009 1:06pm

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

The mono and soft edging are worked well !!

25 Feb 2009 1:43pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

The image goes well in sephia. I like the vintage effect it gives.
Your caption about diversity, stretching and expanding vision is expressed well.
There are so many who do not understand that.

25 Feb 2009 1:53pm

Don Smith from California, United States

I like your flower images Jack - nice work. I bet you are a fan of Tony Sweet?

25 Feb 2009 2:48pm

@Don Smith: Thanks Don. Tony does exquisite work. So does Christopher Beane.

Marcah from Quincy, United States

Excellent composition. The light sepia for this macro are perfect.

25 Feb 2009 2:50pm

Ajay from Pune, India

That's really brilliant. Because I never thought a macro of flowers in sepia can actually look so beautiful.

25 Feb 2009 3:26pm

Ben from Harz, Germany

woow... thats nice... =)

25 Feb 2009 4:09pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

oh my, this is great processing for the subject. This is something I'd expect to see in a gallery.

25 Feb 2009 4:40pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful.

25 Feb 2009 5:45pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Wonderful processing on this, I wouldnt have thought of a sepia approach for flowers, but you have shown how it can achieve a unique and interesting post

25 Feb 2009 5:56pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

really like this processing. You look at flowers in a diferent way when there is no color.

25 Feb 2009 7:09pm

adele27 from tonekabon, Iran

fantastic, reminds me of old postcards exchanging between lovers

25 Feb 2009 7:29pm

@adele27: Thanks, Adele. I really like your perspective; I'll have to put it one of my cards for my sweetheart, Grandma Ellie!

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

exquisite shot Jack! love the soft tones sépia , very romantic !

25 Feb 2009 7:51pm

@Anna.C: Romance is very good, Anna!!

Ninni from Brazil

So beautiful and romantic!

26 Feb 2009 12:17am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Really love the atmosphere, Jack! Very soft and romantic which is a little ironic considering these are cacti LOL!!

26 Feb 2009 3:02am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

Love it brilliant

26 Feb 2009 4:36am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

This is very nice - it does have a romantic quality about it.

26 Feb 2009 6:43am