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Spring Escapes

Spring Escapes
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Copyright: Liliana Mihailovici (lilimih33) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2852 W: 613 N: 3000] (19483)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-03
Categories: Nature, Experimental, Macro, Mood, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma AF 70-300mm/4-5,6 DG APO
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My flowers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-13 15:56
Viewed: 3165
Points: 144
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Spring arrived in my garden.

Because I didn’t like the original picture very much I tried a lot of filters in Photoshop and PhotoScape.
I can’t remember the exact effects, but the last one was water painting. I love this effect!
I experimented with white and black frames, but decided to leave the picture frameless.

In my WS I posted a different picture of the same snowdrop, but without filter.

PS - I decided to post my original picture in WS, so that you can compare them. Maybe you will see why I wanted to change the original.

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Hello my dear friend Liliana,

Excellent shot with great details, beautiful colors and very very good PP work!
Congratulations and TFS.

good work.

welcome after a little pause
how are you
you know you are my fav photogarpher so I wait your new arrivals
this is ver amazing shot the composition is excellent the chain and white flower is indicating a strong and unbreakable love binding for all humen.TFS

Hi Liliana
Alhough I don't like these types of filters but the outcomes is good.
The orignal photo seems great if you were consider closer aperture.
Regards, Alireza

Beautiful artwork and composition, dear Lili.
Nice colors and good effect. Good job :o)

Warm regards,

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-03-13 21:37]

Hi Liliana...

Fantastic capture of the "Spring Escapes"...
I love the composition, nice details and colors.
Excellent clarity, a lovely scenery - good sharpness overall.
Thank you for sharing
Rgd, George

Original composition with nice contrasts of the colours.
Best regards

Hello Lili,

This is very creative and a good way to deal with unpleasing but superbly composed shots.
I just love the effect created here. The rust on the chain looks like daubs of oil paint!

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

Hi Liliana!
Wonderful artwork and compo!nice effect,like the warm colours in background too.
Compliments and TFS

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2009-03-14 3:54]

Hi Lily

A very creative concept greatly materiazed. Lovely side line with the chain. The addition of the flower gives nice color and filter renders a great effect.

Have a lovely weekend and TFS

Hello Liliana.
Sorry, but due to the overexposure of the flower, imo, the result is not what it should be.
Nevetheless, expirenting is always nice to try.
Greetings from Jan

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  • suzy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
  • [2009-03-14 4:21]

its always good to experiment when the real photo is not actually what you really want.. I like the water paint effect here and the texture you used! colors are really nice and i think you did a good creative work here Liliana :)

thx and regards:)

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  • ade71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 241 W: 35 N: 211] (2850)
  • [2009-03-14 7:13]

Hi Liliana, excellent esperiment on this picture. Well realized. Compliments, Adele

Frumoasa imagine si interesant experiment. In orice caz e foarte reusit. Ma bucur ca ai postat iarasi o imagine noua. Se pare ca si altii impoartasesc gindurile mele. Oricum ma bucur si eu ca vine din nou primavara. Din pacate ghioceii au iesit doar in gradina vecinului, ai mei sunt tare anemici, asa ca nu merita sa-i fotografiez. Cu bine Csabi

Hi Liliana,
Beautiful work and presentation,
nice composition and great colors.
Excellent light and sharpness,
All my compliments, and very well done..

Hello LILI
good and meaningful idea .

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  • jazrr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 77 N: 98] (2228)
  • [2009-03-14 9:46]

Hi Lili:

Wow, this is fantastic.
Very nice composition and beautiful colors.
Excellent PP work. Beautiful art work.


Ciao Lili, bel lavoro in PP, composizione beneaugurante, si la primavera sta arrivando:), brava, ciao Silvio

Hello Liliana.
Beautiful Snowdrop.Nice macro shot. Good pp work.This is a lovely shot, the lighting and POV are very good.
Best regards Siegfried

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  • BT123 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 5 N: 143] (985)
  • [2009-03-14 10:42]

Hi Liliana
This is a good reminder of spring. Looking forward for more photos of the spring especially of new blooms. Artestic effect is good so is the composition

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-03-14 13:25]


Quell image, gransiose, ce blan cd ela fleur, sa délicatesse,a vec le contraste de la chaîne, super bien vue, de grand art.

Bravo et amitié


Hi Liliana. Eccellente composizione che il lavoro in PP rende un opera d'arte di grande spessore.


Hello, Lili -
Really interesting and beautiful effect - a good experiment with a really nice result. It is also a great composition to begin with - the flower is well-placed along the chain and there is still space in the frame. Amazing colors and texture. Well done.

neat effect , like a painting yes, it has some drama with the flower like a sagging teardrop, cool image,

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-03-14 18:01]

dear Liliana,
as an image, this "water painting" filter enhanced one essence of your spring view indeed.
maybe it is something ephemeral or transient at this moment...
in my feeling rusty brown chain is suggestive back.
we always cannot see the nature itself, but its illusionary shadow reflected on our minds.
the snowdrop is like a white window in our time jail in life,
for many people spring is cruel season, for me too.
thank you,

Hi Lili,
Although I'm normally not very enthousiastic about paint effects this one would have been an exception, but the white of the snowdrop appear too flat to me, can't observe any contrast in it and makes it looking a bit dull. Anyway I like the idea, but could be improved in my humble opinion. Hope this harsh critique doesn't upset you ;-)

Hello Liliana
Snowdrop and chain... ınteresting shot.
I loved pp work and thought provokating
Selahattin E

Hi Lili,
Very beautiful artwork vith superb PP study.TFS.


Hi Lili,
Very artistic effect.
The colors of the rusty chain and of the background are great.
Great end result. TFS.

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-03-16 1:53]

Compozitia e tare faina !
Imi plac si efectele da' parca albu' e un pic prea stralucitor

toate cele bune,

Nice PP Lili, even if I much prefer the result on the chain this is a good idea and result, compliments.
Have a nice week

Ciao Liliana

I like the pp work
the feeling of a glass in front of the subject
adds softness and beautiful effects.
Excellent details in the delicate flowers!
A well composed presentation with good details!



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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-03-16 11:16]

Hi Liliana,
beautiful art work.Great contrast between colours.TFS.Necla.

Hi Liliana,
I love this composition - also a pretty PP-Work. Amazing colours, great work, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-03-16 12:52]

I wish we could see yo a bit more Lili,because you are surprising ,as usual.


Hi Liliana..nice artistic shot..well composed..great tones and colors..nice job.


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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2009-03-17 2:16]

Greetings Lili my friend ;)))
Very nice artwork...TFS
J ;)

Hi Liliana,
It's a good expression of early-spring mood. I like the impressionist version of your original photo, well created artwork with nice effects. White tones look perfetct, which give it a special mood. Great job! TFS.
Best wishes,

Ghiocelul descatusaza primavara...buna idee.Frumos workshop.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2009-03-17 7:16]

What a beautiful composed effect Lili,
amanzing idea and shot.Orginal colours,light and good pp work again.
Thanks and beautiful greetings.

Ce compozitie frumoasa! Imi place mult cum ai vazut acest ghiocel, iar titlul e foarte inspirat. De asemenea, superbe culorile si prelucrarea. Felicitari!
Te pup,

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-03-17 13:54]

Hello Liliana.
Interesting artwork here done on the image.
Janek Kloss

Hi Liliana,
Your pp work turned out into a very lovely painting. The colors and contrast, such as the texture, are really nice. I think you made the right choice not to frame it.

Hi Lili, well captured and composed spring work like a paint!
Excellent and artistic job MF!
TFS and cheers,

Hi Liliana
Wonderful job
Great effects
Take care

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-03-18 4:28]

Hi Liliana

Good pp work, that gives this image the appearance of a good oil painting. I like the colour saturation, & shallow dof. Tfs!

This is really nice Picture
I like the sharpness and Colors alot

Thanks for sharing


Hi Lili!
I agree with you and this shot seems better for the water painting effect!
And this kind of perspective is better for me too!!
Excellent choise so!!!
TFS, Best regards! Carine

Hi hun.

Beautiful detail and extraordinary eyecatching postprocessing! Great work again!

Have a nice day!

Fantastic work.
Ilove the symbolic way that you captured it.

Hi Liliana
Very,very creative artwork...
Excellent thoughtful and a great realization..

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-03-20 2:43]
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Salut Lili !
Noroc cu primavara ca ai revenit cu noutati.
Frumoasa captura.
Mie imi place si originalul.
Sa ai un Weekend frumos si linistit,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-03-20 7:29]

Hi Liliana,
thanks for your visit.
This is a very special shot of the flower in a very unique presentation.
the water colour effect make is so pleasant and attractive.
well composed in a creative style.


Wonderful work!Regards.

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-03-22 5:44]

Hi Lili
Very original and different
Great colours and texture
Good one for the theme

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2009-03-23 10:20]

Hello Lili,
class a motive, with super colors and beautiful effects. A beautiful picture.Very your work pleases me. Congratulate.
Best regards.

Hello Liliana! Wonderful art work. Perfect composition. Amazing contrast. Fantastic effect. Good luck!

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  • GLJ Gold Star Critiquer [C: 54 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-03-28 3:53]

Bonjour Liliana
Un très beau contraste pour cette composition photographique,un post-traitement très esthétique sur la rouille.
Bonne journée et bon weekend

And hello to you Liliana... this i like, nice soft effect and it works well.

Regards Mark :)

Bonjour Lili,

Original ce travail sur ce perce-neige offrant de la douceur à cette chaîne rouillée!!!
C'est très réussi!!!!

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2009-03-30 6:32]

Hello Liliana,
Wonderful composition, with excellent vivid colours making a strong contrast, and a wonderful watercolour effect.
Great experiment work.
Best regards, mb

  • CMJC Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 193 N: 124] (1191)
  • [2009-03-31 12:59]

ce petit perce neige enchainé! quel idée il a eut de pousser ici??
je préfère le WS sans post traitement car la délicatesse du pétale est si belle et bien perçue!

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-04-01 11:33]

Hi Lili,your going to be mad at me,I do like your water painting effect, it is artistic,but I much prefer your original.The effect of the opposing values, strengh & fragilty are much more vibrant in your original IMHO.



Hello Liliana,
very beautiful pp work.Look like painting...and I like your idea about escaping spring from winter jail :))
warm regards

I like the contrast between the flower and rusty chain. The original shot is good, perhaps the dof was a bit too shallow. But the ps play worked well.

'Morning Lili,
I do like the filter effects you used here. It's almost painting like. Fine texture and oozing with charm. Regards...Danilo

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-05-22 8:21]

Hi Liliana,

Beautiful piece of artwork, its like a water colour painting.
Nice one Liliana...


Hi Liliana
Beautiful artwork and composition,
Nice colors and good effect.
best regards hikmet

Hola Lili.
Excelente trabajo,
y estupenda presentación.
Precioso colorido.
Saludos, JL.

Bonjour Liliana.
Un post-traitement original qui montre au travers de son contraste fort une excellente image.
Bonne journée.

Hi Liliana,

The two elements are complementary (healthy flower and rusty chain).

The colours are pretty beautiful and the composition too.
Good water effect and in my opinion no frame needed ;)



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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 178 W: 7 N: 28] (1328)
  • [2010-01-08 15:10]

interesant subiectul si metafora!
dar cred, versiunea originala e mult mai buna!
dar e parerea mea, doar.

merci si La multi ani!

Very nice PP work. You can still see the original in it, but with very more expression

Hola Liliana
Original y efectiva edicion de esta flor de color blanco y la oxidada cadena , buen encuadre y color , gran creatividad , enhorabuena

Buen trabajo
un saludo

hi Liliana. i like your ps process on this alot. phil

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-01-17 8:09]

Superb composition Liliana, very strong evocation. I really like your pp work here, it really works. Well done once again! Thanks!


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