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This is a bit of an experiment with a shot of a single honeysuckle blossom, I'm not altogether sure it works.

Attractive to bees?

This is a bit of an experiment with a shot of a single honeysuckle blossom, I'm not altogether sure it works.

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wow! this is macro at its best, i also love your creativity here with the orange and green.
EJWilkins: Thanks, it was an experiment to see what I could do and also to get opinions. I'm glad you like it smile
it seems a tad blurry, but still a very creative shot. i like the angle you took with this photograph. very nice effect adding the colour to the black and white.
EJWilkins: Thanks Genevieve. Yes, part of the shot is a little blurry. It was the way the flower curved away from the camera. I expect if I'd tried to use a manual setting I'd have had a better result.
  • atunbi
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Oct 2006, 00:47
Might be delibrate blur or camera shake but all in all I like.
EJWilkins: Possibly a bit of the latter, added to the shape of the flower. The other shots had other parts that were blurry, this was the one I preferred so 'ran with it'. I'm glad you like the effect, even if the execution isn't spot on. smile
hey ellie,

i agree with genevieve...a bit out of focus, but the selective coloring really adds a great touch to the simplicity of the b/w.
EJWilkins: Hi Nicole, I'm pleased you like the colouring, that was my greatest concern really.
  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Oct 2006, 01:32
interesting choice for colour separation
EJWilkins: Thanks Abi ... interesting ... good, I hope smile
  • Mia
  • US of A
  • 17 Oct 2006, 02:20
A "WOW" shot for sure. The spot colouring is spot on (sorry, couldn't help that one tongue)
EJWilkins: *grin* I'm pleased you like the spot colouring ...
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 17 Oct 2006, 04:51
Nice selective colour ellie. i would almost think about cloning out the top left corner if you have photoshop or equivalent
EJWilkins: Thanks Nev, I was concentrating so much on the flower I didn't think of that until you mentioned it. I agree that it probably would look better cloned out.
Ellie this is awesome! I love what you've done combining the monochrome and colour here. Nice work smile
EJWilkins: Thanks, I'm glad you like it. Mebbe it was worth trying after all! smile
  • adebanji
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • 17 Oct 2006, 05:36
not bad.Did you use a macro lens for this? a tripod would have helped alot
EJWilkins: Thanks Adebanji. I used the macro setting on my camera. I haven't got a tripod, one day I'll get one. All my shots are hand held ... I think a tripod might help for shots like this, although for this one I had to almost climb into the plant to get in the right angle, so perhaps not. smile
Great experiment man...really paid off!!! well done..
EJWilkins: Thanks Yanik, it seems that it was worth trying smile
Ellie this is absolutely lovely and sweet pic. the colors end the B&W's contrast are fantastic.
EJWilkins: Thank you, I'm delighted by your comment. smile
Yeas a very powerful B&W and these 2 colours remaining... beautiful !
EJWilkins: Thanks Florence, I am pleased you like the picture.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Oct 2006, 12:44
EJWilkins: Thanks Chantal
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 17 Oct 2006, 12:51
Sweet shot!
EJWilkins: Thanks Etomi smile
  • Sidak
  • India
  • 17 Oct 2006, 14:28
great composition and great capture !!

is this what you were trying to tell me about selective colouring ?? you've really brought out that colour...

though i do wish that you had coloured a tad bit more
EJWilkins: Thanks Sidak, I'm pleased you like the picture. The flower was almost white to begin with, so not much has been taken away except for the green leaves. I will try again another time with a different picture.

Yes, I think this is the sort of thing I meant about your plant, if you could have made it a bit more green it might have had more impact.
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Oct 2006, 14:59
For someone new to photography you have certainly landed on your feet. Awesome images and a good eye. Well done and maybe you should think about getting a full DSLR set up
EJWilkins: Thanks a million Attah, it's a great compliment. One day, when we have enough money, maybe I'll get a DSLR.
  • Tinuke
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Oct 2006, 18:34
Trust me girl it SOOO works. I love the pping. A lovely and well composed shot.
EJWilkins: Thanks Tinuke smile I'm so pleased you like it
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Oct 2006, 19:36
Nicely worked Ellie, your skills are progressing well smile
EJWilkins: smile thanks Chris, I'm learning!
Wow - A great one love the work on colors - Bravo !
EJWilkins: Thanks Zebigleb, I'm glad you like it
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Oct 2006, 22:45
stopped by ealrier but then some pressing issues popped up so im back now....
LOVELY shot...love that selective colouring but i wudve left out that green because its completely out of focus unlike those orange stamens....8/10
EJWilkins: Yes, I ummmed and errred about whether to keep the green or not, not only because it was so out of focus but also because it was green and the rest was a brighter yellow/orange ... Thanks for your honesty.
  • Frank
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Oct 2006, 23:58
Very, very nice shot. I agree with Samarth about the green.
EJWilkins: Thanks Frank. I'm not sure either ... I think it was a worthwhile experiment though.
  • Ngozi
  • United States
  • 24 Oct 2006, 18:34
There's an elegance to your photos in general. Even when I look at archive thumbnails... I see lots of gentle curves, "S"s, swaying - it's quite lovely.
EJWilkins: Gosh, thanks, it's really kind of you to say that. You've got me intrigued. I'll have to look through my favourite shots and see if I agree about the curves and 'S' shapes.

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