Daffies by golftragic

Daffies

Another shot for my mentor group exercise. I've shot a number of shots over the past few days, but none worth a second look. This is the best of a bad bunch. Processed in LR, PSCS6 and Topaz B&W Effects.
@taffy @888rachel @pamknowler @newbank @jgpittenger My second, and last attempt at b&w in artificial light. Definitely not my forté. My knee is steadily improving albeit far too slowly for my liking. Unfortunately, this op has proved to be considerably more painful than my previous TKR, thus necessitating ingesting painkillers for longer than I'd prefer. Apart from anything else, they make me very lethargic and unmotivated. It's a month now, so should be back to an approximation of normal soon!
September 22nd, 2015  
So sorry to read that you're still struggling with your knee. Here's what I like about this shot: (a) the shadowy reflections work well, (b) the symmetry top to bottom with interesting lines from the stems. I think the graininess in the wood distracts a bit from the flowers/reflection and may work better if they were against a whiter or smoother background.
September 22nd, 2015  
@taffy Thanks Taffy, you're right. I wanted to take this shot from top-view, and our kitchen floor is the only place with a light-coloured surface. I guess I could try again with white cloth or the like as the surface.
September 22nd, 2015  
@taffy @newbank @pamknowler @888rachel @jgpittenger OK, I'll keep at it and see if I can up my game in this category. I was being a wuss.
September 22nd, 2015  
I'm so sorry to hear about your pain. I thought you must be doing it rough as you hadn't posted for a while. Take it easy Marnie! This is a very arty shot, and I like the daffodils and their reflections. I see what @taffy means about the floor pattern distraction. I'm wondering if you could get the whole shadow in, but I guess that might involve a bit too much height!
September 22nd, 2015  
@888rachel @golftragic And don't climb on anything to get height!!
September 22nd, 2015  
Great shot, love the shadows
September 22nd, 2015  
@taffy @888rachel Yeah, that's a big problem. I'm not game to climb anything at all and this needs more height. I'll mull on this for a bit and see if the muse strikes. Rest assured I'm not climbing anything - I won't bounce very well!
September 22nd, 2015  
I like the perspective of this shot and I agree the floor is a bit distracting. It would look good with a plain background, maybe you have a plain sheet or a piece of card that could do the job.
Sorry to hear you are still in so much pain. Hope everything heals soon.
September 22nd, 2015  
@graemestevens Thanks Graeme, pity I couldn't get them all into the shot.
September 22nd, 2015  
@onewing Thanks Babs. The funny thing is that the darned floor textures aren't nearly so pronounced in reality!
September 22nd, 2015  
So sorry to learn that you are struggling with your knee, still. Yuk. I agree with @taffy about the floor and the need for a smoother background. One thought, if you can't bend too well, try shooting just one flower at table top level, white tablecloth or such. Then, you might be able to get all of the "shadow" in the shot with less fuss. The concept is a good one. Take care!
September 22nd, 2015  
The set up, pov and shadows are fabulous. Sorry to hear about your knee, hope you get back to normal soon. Take care.
September 22nd, 2015  
What a bummer to have the knee pain and disability lingering so darn long. Re teh photo- unlike the others, I really like the graininess of the floor. It makes it a more unique shot. I agree re the cut off shadows. would you consider cutting the stems a bit so they'd fit with your height restrictions? Also, a couple of spots look pretty hot. Is your flash intensity adjustable?
September 22nd, 2015  
@rosiekerr Thanks for all your comments Rosie, under my current constraints I think I'll just have to leave this shot as is - and the daffies have died anyway. The knee will recover in its own good time, I'm just getting sick 'n tired of the darned thing. Oh well, onwards and upwards.
September 23rd, 2015  
@dibzgreasley Thanks Debs, much appreciated.
September 23rd, 2015  
@jgpittenger Many thanks for your kind wishes and comments Jane. The daffies have died so I'll just abandon that project and apply myself to thinking of some other way of dealing with this exercise.
September 23rd, 2015  
@jgpittenger PS I used the pop-up flash on this shot so no, not adjustable. I guess I need to dust off the Speedlite.
September 23rd, 2015  
Love the crisp shadows in this image. Hope you knee settles soon - 4 weeks is a long time to be having so much pain.
September 23rd, 2015  
@dide Knee replacements are renowned for this kind of thing unfortunately. But definitely on the improve now, thanks Dianne.
September 25th, 2015  
the textures here are amazing! wow
September 27th, 2015  
So sorry to hear you are still struggling Marnie! You are really Going through the wars with this knee! Sorry I am late to the game here but was away for a few days and am really behind in my comments! I agree with most of what's been said about the floor. It's surprising what details a flash and b& w processing can bring out that you couldn't see before! Hope you will soon be out of pain and out with your camera! Big hug!
September 30th, 2015  
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