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The End... (Connotation)

The End... (Connotation)
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Copyright: Annie Belanger (Beger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2011-10-22
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Mood
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi 400D, 50mm f/1.8 II
Exposure: f/1.8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Incredible Bokeh, Friday theme 2011-11-18 " Connotation" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-11-17 21:40
Viewed: 2716
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi dear friend,

This is my entry for the Friday's theme about connotation. Autumn is a season that evokes many emotions ranging from joy to sadness. After a festival of colors, the grayness takes hold before the whiteness of winter. I converted the photo in B&W for emphasizing the mood evoked by the end of Summer.
Thanks at Tomek for the idea and Linda for the interesting link she has shared in the forum.

Raw photo converted in JPG. I worked with PS CS 5 for the B&W conversion using channels colors to get every grey nuances.

Thank you for viewing. I always appreciate to read your useful comments. Have a nice weekend!

brech, Teresat, mvdisco, mikio, shelbeesmom, jimmyjimmy, chrisJ, jean11-3, Mitra, Saba, parasbhalla has marked this note useful
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Olá Annie
your work transform a good nature photo in a truth feeling of lost of color and vibrance. ..as life had abandoned the form, the shape, the body.
Photos are a language, a way to communicate,,,and you did it with a shot of beauty in the good light control , sharpness and good b/w tonalities.
Light and beauty a great way to give new meanings, connotations
Um abraço

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-11-17 22:17]

Hi Annie,
A nice B&W presentation of this Nature shot where you are showing the decaying of the flowers while a very healthy one is dominant.
A lovely bokeh BG and good light management which leaving the gray tones present.
Good work.
My regards,

Francis Xavier

Bonsoir Annie,
Belle prise de vue et détails,
jolie composition et présentation en Noir & blanc,
belle netteté et lumière,
Excellent point de vue de la fin d'un bel automne et de la saison des fleurs.
Excellent cliché

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2011-11-17 22:46]

Hi Annie...
Nice [email protected] shoot with so nice tones...
Nice focus, composition...
Good light control,sharpness...
Have a nice weekend...

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-11-17 23:01]

Hi Annie,with the visual I see Autumn flowers in degrees of ending their cycle, with one still holding on to life. The connotations that I feel from this image,is winter will soon be here,snow will cover these flower beds,color will be removed from the gardens & soon the short daylight hours will be with usas will the coldness of our winters.Great one for the theme.


Hi Annie

You've get great result with that small lens!
The B&W mode washed out colors and remains great composition!
The bokeh is busy but well formed!


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  • mikio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 61 N: 385] (1327)
  • [2011-11-18 0:36]

Hi Annie,

You're capturing well this nature scene by good focus, excellent B/W tone and a good composition. So, it's interesting to see a set of daisy flower with beautiful harmony. It's good at the contrast of black and white, too. And, it's tasteful for only one flower with petal and others center only.


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2011-11-18 1:55]

Bonjour Annie,

Magnifique composition pour le thème, j'aime ceux qui sont en noir et blanc particulièrement.
Le cadrage serré est splendide, belle lumière et netteté.
Du très bon travail, un excellent week end.

Hi Annie, I like the use of the different stages of growth in the flowers and the b&w adds a slightly dark mood to it. Fiona

I LOVE this Annie!! Amazing how beautiful this is in BW when we normally see flower shots in color! I love the old feel to the shot. I still don't really understand the theme, but I think your processing has made it work well. The BW gives a tired washed out, end of season look, which is a connotation! Good job here!

Hello Annie

I like the entry. A work of art for the placement of the flowers in your POV. Good contrast in your B/W conversion. Very well done.


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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2011-11-18 6:40]

Ola Annie
The Autumn, as you say in note, has an universal connotation value, and your perfect presentation in b/w, with a perfect manage of the few light, emphasizes that value.
Excellent entry to the theme.
Have a great we my friend.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2011-11-18 7:20]

Bonsoir Annie

So refreshing to see the occasional b&w image after countless colour versions of flowers. The b&w also better conveys the lifelessness of the dead flower. Good bokeh & superb use of a shallow dof. Bon weekend!

Hello Annie, the b/w is the perfect way to share this shot, in this theme;it has a much greater impact.
How did you manage the sharp focus on the flower and the dead head,with everything else in soft focus?
I would not have expected a bokeh to be so effective in b/w,this is lovely.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Bonjour Annie,

Les tonalités de cette conversion sont vigoureuses et douces à la fois.
La note exprime très bien la transition du chaud au froid, du beau au triste, et, avec cette magnifique connotation apportée au thème du jour,
l'élégance reste de mise à la fleur glorieuse
habillées de pétales argentés.
Superbe bokeh et détails.
Merci pour ce joli partage.
Heureux Weekend.


Hi Annie
Beautiful shot captured with shallow depth and B&W composition and a lovely entry to the theme.
Have a Nice weekend!

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2011-11-20 8:47]

Bonjour Annie,
The B&W mode transforms the feelings of sadness & Autumn. great composition. TFS.

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2011-11-20 8:51]

Hello Annie :)

The beautiful composition full sensitivity and nostalgia.
Perfect light and effect in colours black and white.
The splendid realization, I like him very much.

My best wishes.

I like the view you have caught here, dear Annie!

Good use of natural light and a well thought color treatment to the floral scene.
The sharpness and focus are well done, and clarity is well shown.
Nice white bordered frame also enhances the overall beauty of the picture.

Thanks and regards,

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