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Antique Crocus

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 18 March 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to get this the way I wanted it to look in color, but with no success. So I fell back on my old standby.

(The new Coast Series begins tomorrow.)

DON'T MISS IT - Jay Maisel is doing the Guest Blog on Scott Kelby's site today (Wednesday)

"Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness.
It comes from letting the world tickle your heart,
your raw and beautiful heart.
You are willing to open up,
without resistance or shyness,
and face the world.
You are willing to share your heart with others."

-- Chogyam Trungpa
Tibetan Buddhist

NIKON D300 1/800 second F/5.0 ISO 200 225 mm (35mm equiv.)

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

Splendid and beautiful image you produced here john4jack!

18 Mar 2009 5:04am

Cricket-Tammy from United States

Oh this is stunning. Wow...

Beautiful quote by Trungpa.

18 Mar 2009 5:12am

rem_la from Villiers, France

quelle douceur !

18 Mar 2009 5:35am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

And the old faithful was worth it!!! Nice one:-)

18 Mar 2009 5:38am

@Linerberry: It's an amazing preset in Silver Efex Pro.

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful shot and treatment

18 Mar 2009 5:47am

EYES WIDE SHUT from United Kingdom

Utterly exquisite, Jack.

18 Mar 2009 6:01am

Yvonne S. from Tilburg, Netherlands

Very nice!!

18 Mar 2009 6:09am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

I prefer generaly flowers in color but this one is really beautiful

18 Mar 2009 6:36am

@Marie LC: Thank you, Marie; I really tried to make it work in color; the problem was that the flower was too close to the bark in the background.

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Joli traitement... tout en finesse

18 Mar 2009 6:55am

Ajay from Pune, India

So artistic and so fragile. Toning is unique for the shot but has worked out to be very well.

18 Mar 2009 7:01am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Oh my, what a superb image. Love the sepia and composition.

18 Mar 2009 7:01am

@Suzanne: Thank you, Suzanne. I used a preset in Nik's Silver Efex Pro.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Antique and timeless, though I do love them in color also.

18 Mar 2009 7:06am

@Judy: For one's in color, take a look at Richard's I really want to find out how he does his processing.

lydia from Paris, France

A very artistic picture , I love the sepia , beautiful !!

18 Mar 2009 7:16am

Mathilde from France

Wonderful treatment for a capture very personal and very sweet!

18 Mar 2009 7:19am

Vink from Grasse, France

Wonderful sepia tones ! Superb treatment !

18 Mar 2009 7:56am

chrissy from uk, United Kingdom

absolutely beautiful, love the sepia tones

18 Mar 2009 8:08am

Ben from Germany

so dreamy... nice work... =)

18 Mar 2009 8:30am

k@ from Paris, France

How soft & romantic* Love the pp and the tones ~

18 Mar 2009 9:27am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

nice and soft ! fine details and I love sepia tones !

18 Mar 2009 9:49am

Denise from Perry, United States

Quite beautiful, a romatic shot!

18 Mar 2009 9:52am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Your old faithful worked beautifully! Love the processing!

18 Mar 2009 10:32am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

You have done well to create this antique illusion, nice composition

18 Mar 2009 10:53am

Mary from PA, United States

Quite stunning Jack!! Love the pp used...unique.

18 Mar 2009 11:24am

Veronelle from Lens, France

yes they are beautifull antique crocus ! :-))

18 Mar 2009 11:38am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

This is a work of art, Jack.

18 Mar 2009 11:53am

Marie from Perth, Australia

Wow, Jack I love the way you have shown this photo. it is amazing and the effect is beautiful. Thanks for sharing:)

18 Mar 2009 12:06pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Excellent image and very nice processing.

18 Mar 2009 12:23pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

This is just gorgeous, Jack! The monotone was a great idea as it brings out all the various shades and details. Your processing is always so beautiful and fitting to your subject.

18 Mar 2009 12:25pm

@bluechameleon: Thank you, Sharon.

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Good work!

18 Mar 2009 12:51pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is quite lovely. Those are beautiful tones.

18 Mar 2009 1:01pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Your old standby b&w/sepia is just PERFECTION in this shot!!! I can't imagine it looking anywhere near as stiking in color!!

18 Mar 2009 1:08pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Simply gorgeous!

18 Mar 2009 1:31pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

really pretty picture

18 Mar 2009 2:04pm

don from Spokane, United States

I like the toned result of your efforts. A fine shot with a nice amount of detail which I like in a close up.
A fine image.

18 Mar 2009 3:15pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

yes, yes, yes -- this is great. An ideal subject for this type of toning. Really great effect and look how those shadows and veins pop!

18 Mar 2009 3:24pm

@Diane Schuller: Many thanks, Diane.

alex centrella from California, United States

simply beautiful..cant weait to see the coast series..

18 Mar 2009 3:29pm

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Love the treatment here. nicely done.

18 Mar 2009 3:59pm

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

A great idea,you don´t see a lot of flowers in Mono,it works really well !!

18 Mar 2009 3:59pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Great shot - delicate and great tones

18 Mar 2009 4:01pm

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Beautiful, soft effect. Very nice.

18 Mar 2009 4:09pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It's gorgeous this way. This is how you should have started. :-)

18 Mar 2009 4:24pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks, Steve. Funny the directions life takes us. This sounds like "the road less traveled."

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Your processing work out beautifully.
Jay Maisel is a wonderful photographer. I will have to check that out.

18 Mar 2009 4:35pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Just a note, the image referenced by Richard was the result of excellent flash balance/exposure on capture, and less about processing. best...jerry

18 Mar 2009 5:05pm

@ordinaryimages: That makes perfect sense, Jerry. Now everything fits into place. Thanks.

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

This is wonderful in Black and White! fantastic flower and wonderful composition! I am looking forward to the coastal series!

18 Mar 2009 5:18pm

@Scott Schilling: Thanks, Scott. The best shots, I think, come up on Saturday and Sunday.

Ninni from Brazil

Soft and nice with the sepia, but I love them in color also.

18 Mar 2009 5:23pm

@Ninni: Me too.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a beautiful macro, with that little extra that makes a picture of talent!

18 Mar 2009 5:47pm

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

WOW !!! Just WOW - What a talent you have !

18 Mar 2009 5:51pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


18 Mar 2009 6:11pm

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

quelle belle douceur ................................. une photo très sensible !

18 Mar 2009 6:22pm

Isabelle from Liège, Belgium

Great picture, very beautiful and sensitive!

18 Mar 2009 6:35pm

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

This flower of spring has lost its color, but John, you dress the sepia of old. It takes as a gift, a flower which does not wither, but would be there, unchanging in time. The treatment is wonderful, this flower will pass time.

18 Mar 2009 7:30pm

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand


18 Mar 2009 8:02pm

Observing from North West, United Kingdom

Forget the color, this result is far more elegant and romantic.

18 Mar 2009 8:18pm

@Observing: Thanks. Gifted by accident.

Anthony Thomason from Phoenix, United States

Very nice processing. This came outvery well.

18 Mar 2009 8:46pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Lovely shot!

18 Mar 2009 10:00pm

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

A truly stunning and beautiful shot. The light and tones are spectacular. An excellent composition.

18 Mar 2009 10:32pm

Richard_Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

Beautifully worked image, the position of the flowers going either way create a good sense of space

18 Mar 2009 11:05pm

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Wise words! Your work paid off!

18 Mar 2009 11:47pm

Mirza Ahmad from Thames Ditton, United Kingdom

Nice processing.

19 Mar 2009 12:55am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Wht ever old faithful is it works so well, such a wonderful post

19 Mar 2009 1:48am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Somethings just work because that's how they were meant... This is romance and serenity rolled into one beautiful image.

19 Mar 2009 3:58am

@amy: Thanks, Amy.

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

Although it would be interesting to see this in color, the sepia works extremely well. This way one can imagine the flower in any color we want!

19 Mar 2009 4:03am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

It is lovely!

19 Mar 2009 9:50am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Thanks for your reply and yes, Richard's processing is fantastic ... glad he shared what he did!

19 Mar 2009 10:33pm

@Judy: Judy, I thought that what Jerry had to say about Richard's crocus photos was important. (Just a note, the image referenced by Richard was the result of excellent flash balance/exposure on capture, and less about processing. best...jerry)

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Great antique choice.The processing works well.

19 Mar 2009 11:12pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Antique and very romantic ... the color toning is a great match with the soft focus!

20 Mar 2009 4:02pm