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Speeding Up Nature

Speeding Up Nature
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Copyright: Derek Hill (Derek) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 25 N: 88] (311)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04-14
Categories: Experimental
Camera: Canon Elph S200
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-04-14 19:55
Viewed: 3190
Points: 16
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First,the story behind this photo.Last week my wife and I were shopping for some indoor plants to brighten things up a bit while we patiently wait for the snow to melt outdoors.She spotted a beautiful hydrangea ortensia in full bloom and wanted very much to take it home because of its peak colouring.
I first agreed...but then disagreed.My gardening intuition was that the spectacular blooms would soon fade and wilt after displaying their prime-time beauty.
Instead I managed to convince her into taking an "emerging" ortensia which was barely showing signs of colour yet but with ample budding potential.
So tonight,as the sinking evening sun caught the still rather colourless flowers, she sarcasticly asked me; "So,when are all your great colours going to show up?"
Well lets just say the maturing process is taking a little longer than expect but they will soon be just as nice as the one she saw in the store.
But as a temporary measure, I resorted to the assistance of Photoshop for an experiment in speeding up the process.
I lassoed the flowerheads and then used the colour replacement function,eyedrop sample the spots I wanted to change and then adjusted hues.(You can see the original immature colouring on the one flowerhead I didn't touch in between the leaves.)

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Well done Derek, if only we could do that in reality, we could keep the house blooming with varying coloured flowers. This is a really nice arrangement and I love the setting sunlight in the background and the way the greenery has been lit at the front with sunlight. I do see the snow outside....ours has at least disappeared about a week or so ago, but we are a little further south than you. Nice PS work.

Beautiful. The light on the flowers and wall is just great. Good PS job too... so you had the last word !

Very nice composition with a great additional work on the ortensias colours. The ambiant light is particularly beautiful and reveales nice textures.

What caught my eye is beautiful light conditions flowing over the flowers, leaving a warm glow on the wall, and the scenery through the window. Nice composition, Derek. The work with the lassoe is such a great idea, and has really enhanced the colour.
I always buy plants in bud, as I can enjoy them longer (something my Mum always taught me).

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  • manny Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 502 W: 24 N: 1499] (12033)
  • [2004-04-15 8:11]

Spectacular shot. You have a very good PP work here. I also like the composition and most of all, the FRAME. This is a very good shot that you can display at home. This way you will have this plant all year round...

You did a great job on the colorization. Tell you wife that I can relate to wanting the instant gratification! The longer I garden, though, the more I rein myself in so I can save money and get MORE (more, more, more plants!). I get seedlings at a local nursery's annual 25-cent perennial sale ($1/cell pack, $12/flat) now. Like any perennials, they don't do much for the first two seasons, and then BOOM! We also trade by mail with people.

Back to the photo...I like the light, too. I see that snow out there. Brrr!

beautiful flower and composition, i like the lighting and background too, perfectly and smart framed. really good work Derek!

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  • zto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 916 W: 122 N: 24] (14)
  • [2004-07-05 17:13]

What an absolutyly fabiolus light you have here Derek. Thsi s fantastic. So warm. It contrst beautifully with the blue in the flower. A favorite, no doubt.

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