One Four Challenge – Week 4

So here we are on week four of the One Four Challengeย hosted by the gracious Robyn G. To date my daffodil image has undergone a number of subtle changes as the weeks have gone by.

This time I have made a big jump by combining the original image with two further images that were subsequently taken (possibly of the same flower just by the front door). All of the images had sprinklings of natural droplets on them – no need to use the water spray over here.

A composite image of the daffodil as it breaks out from bud into bloom
The Blooming of the Daffodil

I was debating whether to show this or not as I am not fully happy with it and feel it needs more work, perhaps a different approach. Be delighted to receive feedback from all of you out there.

Above all thanks again to Robyn G for acting as a brilliant host.

MM ๐Ÿ€

26 thoughts on “One Four Challenge – Week 4

  1. Its truly lovely John and I hope you do have another go at it ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    I am doing fine thankyou.. Plodding along after a couple of very busy weeks!
    Trust things are well with you and yours too.

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  2. The late host checking in John ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    When I first saw this image, I loved it and I still do!! It has stayed in my thoughts. Thats always a good sign.
    The clarity and detail are stunningly beautiful and the concept is a great one!
    A thought I had about representing the 3 stages would be to have them going from full colour to b&w? ..or something similar.
    Has a crisp botanical feel to it. I love it! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  3. My first reaction when I saw your image was “3 stages of growth, how brilliant an idea”. It does make it a busy image, and the drops on the bud are very prominent compared with the other daffodils. I wonder whether you make the big daff less transparent so it does not show the outline of the middle bud through its petals…. Anyway John, I think you’ve done a fantastic job! I love the colours, the warmth of the background… Hey, if you really want to do more work, may be that’s the ideal April project!

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  4. I agree with Emilio, perhaps more subtle transparency with the layers and some more separation of the flowers? but I really like the concept you were going for and the rich colours in this version are lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you Lens Addiction. I too liked the rich colours, including the background. Will have to play around with the layers, opacity and blending modes – something which I am only just learning. Glad you liked the concept anyway, even if it was not fully pulled off. Once again thank you for your comments as they are appreciated. MM ๐Ÿ€

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  5. At first I loved the image. Then you mentioned that you were unhappy and looking for feedback. So I took a second look and, perhaps the overlapping of the successive layers is too much? Maybe try re-positioning them with a bit of space, if you can. I still like this version the best, though.

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    1. Thank you Emilio. I have to confess that having them separated completely was not the effect I was looking for as I wanted the flowers to represent its evolution, rather than be distinctly separate. However, perhaps you are right in that it would be the most pleasing way to show the three shots.

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      1. I like this togetherness, and the composition growing to the upper right! And it has a dreamy effect with the slightly transparent daffodil. If I HAD to change anything, I would have put them even closer together, so that the stem to the right kind of falls in to the other stems. Or rather – back the others to the right, leaving a wee bit more space to the left.
        Oh don’t mind me! Your photos are always stunning!

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  6. John I really like it and how it shows that bottom bud with the lines accentuated and the rain drops… I wonder whether its the crop that’s giving you that not quite there feeling… Maybe play around with cropping it differently or a bit more and it might pop for you??? ๐Ÿ™‚

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