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Detail of Death

Today it is my daughter, Klara’s, birthday, she is 17.  We are going out later, I don’t know for how long or if I will get a chance to do my post, so I am doing it earlier.  I have a detail of one of the lilies that I photographed a couple of days again.  I have been so excited about showing you this one.

This is one of my favourite images from that session.  I love the little tail and the abstract nature of it. I did add a little detail to it to bring out the lines and the texture of it.

There isn’t a great deal of difference between this one and the previous one, except there is more detail, I tried to draw more out.

I had to do it in black and white.  I did this before I did any detail to the original, I like the softness of this.  I had planned on doing a HDR image with it, but I decided that the original image was fine and decided to use just a single image.  I know very unusual for me.  I can’t help feel that the image is thinner, I know that probably doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I love the translucency of the flower.

I have added the flowers to my website as well if anyone is interested in purchasing one, the website is here.

Tomorrow is Rework Friday, I think I know what I am going to do, but if you don’t mind I thought I might do more than one image.  Will see.

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  1. Perfection!

    August 30, 2012
  2. Liz #

    Beautiful shots Leanne.

    August 30, 2012
  3. Absolute perfection… in awe…

    August 30, 2012
  4. Beautiful!

    August 30, 2012
  5. Francina #

    beautiful , the second one is my favourite.
    wishing you a wonderful day with your daughter, happy birthday to her.
    Ciao, Francina

    August 30, 2012
    • Thank Francina, I think Klara had a great day.

      September 3, 2012
  6. You are right; the original is “thinner”. I like both a lot. Those lilies have an almost “leathery” feel about them in the way they almost don’t look real. In the case of these, one is as good as the other, I think. It’s a wonderful composition.

    August 30, 2012
    • Thank you so much George, I appreciate your thoughts on this, a lot.

      September 3, 2012
  7. Just beautiful, the angles the soft colours, the glimpse.

    August 30, 2012
  8. ¡Bellísima serie!, felicita a tu hija, espero que lo paséis, muy bien, abrazos

    August 30, 2012
    • Muchas gracias, realmente aprecio eso, y gracias por mi hija también.

      (I hope that has come out ok, and that google translator did a good job)

      September 3, 2012
  9. it’s really beautiful Leanne. Exquisite!
    Flowers are divine and your work adds to the rare beauty.

    August 30, 2012
    • Thanks Robyn, it is interesting trying find a different way to photograph it, in the end I let the flower do it for me.

      September 3, 2012
  10. Amazing! Exquisite! Love it! Thanks for sharing.
    Oh, and congratulations with the birthday of your Daughter! In Holland, this is exactly what they would say to you today. The Dutch congratulate not only the person having the birthday but also each family member. Have a wonderful time!

    August 30, 2012
    • Thank you so much enfaroundtheworld.
      I told my family what you said, and my other daughter wanted to know where her birthday present was. Thank you.

      September 3, 2012
  11. These are simply beautiful Leanne…I really loved them…Wish your Daughter a Happy Birthday…hope you’ll have a great time… :-)

    August 30, 2012
    • Thank Kann, I did, and she had a wonderful day. :)

      September 3, 2012
  12. My ‘likes’ aren’t registering unless I make a comment! This lily is sublime. On balance, I would pick the second one. Happy Birthday to your daughter and have a wonderful day!

    August 30, 2012
    • And even though I’ve added a comment, the ‘like’ still won’t take – very frustrating!

      August 30, 2012
      • That is so strange, I have no idea why it would happen. Can you leave likes on other blogs?

        September 3, 2012
  13. I think that the second one has more detail. It feels softer but withering at the same time ,it is dieing.
    Happy Birthday Klara

    August 30, 2012
    • Thank you, I think you are right. Klara said thanks as well.

      September 3, 2012
  14. Helen #

    Striking colours!

    August 30, 2012
  15. Beautiful and elegant. I like the b&w,

    August 30, 2012
  16. That’s spectacular…All of them.
    Have fun today!

    August 30, 2012
  17. Superb!

    August 30, 2012
  18. Debbie de Juan nee Keating #

    Perfect!

    August 30, 2012
  19. Pat #

    Beautiful work.

    August 30, 2012
  20. Hi Leanne Cole ! I have nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. If you wish to accept it, please visit my site for details

    http://aidaweb101.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/awards/

    Congratulations!

    August 30, 2012
    • Thank you so much for the nomination, I have left you a comment on your blog.

      September 3, 2012
  21. Just great

    August 30, 2012
  22. Excellent work Leanne!

    August 31, 2012
  23. Soo cool!

    August 31, 2012
  24. timmay #

    Wonderful photo(s) Leanne – and happy birthday Klara!

    August 31, 2012
  25. d60boy@gmail.com #

    a very delicate and alluring image. Nice work. Sent from my LG phone

    August 31, 2012
    • Thank you so much, always good to hear that people like what I do.

      September 3, 2012
  26. Gorgeous! And happy birthday to your daughter!

    August 31, 2012
    • Thank you Robyn, she did have a happy birthday.

      September 3, 2012
  27. Wonderful shot, Leanne. Love how you’ve teased the detail out.

    August 31, 2012
  28. I love lillies and this is such a perfect picture. You should turn it into a postcard or better yet a poster, it would be gorgeous!!

    August 31, 2012
    • I should try that, I might try getting it printed. Thank you Maylana

      September 3, 2012
  29. Oh and happy birthday to your daughter… Oh to be 17 again! :-)

    August 31, 2012
    • Thank you, yes, to be 17 again, she had a great day. :)

      September 3, 2012
  30. I think everyone has said the superlative adjectives before me ! Inspiritaional for us photographers out there . Thankyou .

    August 31, 2012
    • Thank you poppytump, it is so good to inspire others.

      September 3, 2012
  31. A beautifully simple image, but quite striking. I love the black and white treatment. It reminds me of the simpleflower images from the Deco period in the 30’s.

    August 31, 2012
    • I like the black and white one as well, love the comparison, thank you Hutch.

      September 3, 2012
  32. Very nice Leanne, the simplicity and the form is just great, well done :)

    August 31, 2012
    • Thank you Mark, I love the simplicity of it as well.

      September 3, 2012
  33. Beautiful! I can’t decide which one I like best.. They are all great! :)

    August 31, 2012
    • Thank you, I like the black and white one, does that help you decide? :)

      September 3, 2012
  34. Certainly grabs one’s attention. Beautiful shots, though much prefer the colour photos.

    August 31, 2012
    • Thanks David, nice when an image does that. I think people are half and half so far about what they prefer.

      September 3, 2012
  35. Love that extra detail!

    September 1, 2012
  36. Little Brown Tomato (LBT) #

    Another stunning photo!

    September 1, 2012
  37. Jen Baxter #

    Love this! beautiful

    September 1, 2012
  38. Superb work. And, such an intriguing post title – initially thought it was natural history museum shoot.

    September 1, 2012
    • I laughed when I first saw you comment, I suppose it would be easy to think that. I hope it wasn’t too confusing, thanks David.

      September 3, 2012
  39. I love the detail on the second image. The lines in the curl of the petal, like silk fibers. Very nice!

    September 1, 2012
    • I was really happy to see those when I first saw the image on my computer. I really like the two. Thanks Alisa

      September 3, 2012
  40. That black and white conversion is gorgeous. I’ve been making things black and white for years, still feel like I’m learning. (And I learned in a wet darkroom!)

    September 1, 2012
    • Thank you Chris, I learned in the wet darkroom as well. I think people who started in the darkroom are much better at converting images to black and white, I see so many bad conversions on the internet.

      September 3, 2012
  41. Enjoy the time with your daughter and best wishes for her.

    September 1, 2012
    • Thank you Colline, she had a lovely day and we all had fun.

      September 3, 2012
  42. Beautiful Leanne. :)

    September 2, 2012
  43. My favorite is the black and white picture. It`s like a detail of an angel. So soft and light!

    September 2, 2012
  44. Lovely images. They appear ethereal, as it by completing that twist they will be transformed.

    September 3, 2012
    • Thank you EllaDee, I love your description, it is fantastic.

      September 8, 2012
  45. Leanne, thank you for explaining your thoughts and the process behind your lovely, dynamic, professional images. Glad to have found your blog!

    September 3, 2012
    • Thank you June, I like explaining what I do, I do it for myself, but am glad that other people get lots of out it.

      September 8, 2012
  46. I love the structure of the leaf in the second image!

    September 7, 2012

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