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Lots of rough textures there. Great selection of colours that go well together. Nicely arranged.
Thanks Dominic.

The sandpaper has been laid out really well, I thought it was an African flag at first. Really bright and colourful!
Thanks Simon, yes, I can see what you are getting at with the African flag, I never noticed that but now you mention it.
 
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Week 11 - Smooth
Following on from last week, I fancied another abstract. My thinking behind this is that there's a smooth curve in there.
Comments and critique welcome as always.

Week 11 - Smooth by Iain Blake, on Flickr
 
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Very nice indeed. A lovely rich colour and the smooth curve fits the theme perfectly - also very well lit and composed.
 
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Very nice indeed. A lovely rich colour and the smooth curve fits the theme perfectly - also very well lit and composed.
Thanks Jim, it was a bit Blue Peter sticking bits of craft foam together haha. The lighting is just natural light through the glass in my front door :)


Nicely conceived and very well composed.
Thanks Paul, please see the comment above re composition :)
 
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Really like it Iain. Lovely colour and the way the light causes different shades illustrates just how powerful light is when looking at colour. That's why I shoot B&W I think :)
 
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Really like it Iain. Lovely colour and the way the light causes different shades illustrates just how powerful light is when looking at colour. That's why I shoot B&W I think :)
Thanks Ian, a simple take on the theme but one which has given me some ideas for a project I want to get started.
 
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Rough: Lovely colourful layout... gives me cold shivers as it's a "rough" reminds me of house renovations past. Never again!
Smooth: Fits the theme really well... and makes me think of chocolate... definitely an improvement of the rough for me :D
 
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Rough: Lovely colourful layout... gives me cold shivers as it's a "rough" reminds me of house renovations past. Never again!
Smooth: Fits the theme really well... and makes me think of chocolate... definitely an improvement of the rough for me :D
Thanks Helen, let's just say I'm not in any rush to use those props :ROFLMAO:

Simple, to the point and very effective. I really like it :)
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Tidy!

There's a smoothness in the graduation of tones too, and in the falloff of focus. Really simple, but really effective.
 
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Nice abstract, I would like to see a red element to give the RGB complement, the unevenness of some of the cuts distracts a bit but that's being picky, my cutting would be far rougher!!

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A really nice curve with a good range of tones to match
 
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I like the light and dark and the curve is nice and smooth. It reminds me of a Cadbury chocolate advert.
 
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Nice abstract, I would like to see a red element to give the RGB complement, the unevenness of some of the cuts distracts a bit but that's being picky, my cutting would be far rougher!!

Smooth
A really nice curve with a good range of tones to match
Thanks Stuart, good suggestion on the red. In my defence, the sandpaper wasn't cut, I just took it off the roll as it was. Granted, I could have tidied the edges but obviously didn't :)

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I like the light and dark and the curve is nice and smooth. It reminds me of a Cadbury chocolate advert.
Thanks Dominic.
 
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Onto week 12 - Alive.
Not really what I had in mind for this week's theme so I am going to mark this one for a reshoot at some point.

Week 12 - Alive by Iain Blake, on Flickr
 
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It looks good in black & white. I like that You've kept some details in the dark blurry background.
 
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A nice pleasing image with a dreamy appeal, works well in mono, was there a reason to have the emptier area in the top left, as opposed to the top flower being centred?
 
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Still a really nice clean monochrome image Iain. Tidy composition within the square framing. Very nice.
Thanks Ian, I fancied doing some street portraiture but it will have to wait.

Nice B&W image, I like the way you've PPd it and the composition is very nice.
Thanks Jim, just wanted to keep it simple and I thought a B&W conversion would help.

I think it meets the theme, and is a good composition.
Thanks Paul.

Alive
It looks good in black & white. I like that You've kept some details in the dark blurry background.
Thanks Dominic, yes, I wanted to keep some detail in there to give a little depth.

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A nice pleasing image with a dreamy appeal, works well in mono, was there a reason to have the emptier area in the top left, as opposed to the top flower being centred?
Thanks Stuart. My thinking behind the composition/crop was dictated a little by wanting the whole leaf showing in the bottom left hand corner. I didn't want to crop it which would have happened had I centralised the flowers.
 
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Nah. Don't be afraid of a simple image. It has character. The use of DOF, the composition and the tones pull it off.
 
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Very well executed. That's the second shot of daisies I've seen in mono and I am still surprised at how well it works.
 
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Nah. Don't be afraid of a simple image. It has character. The use of DOF, the composition and the tones pull it off.
Thanks Nick, it's a bit of a space saver as it keeps me up to date. I do like the simplicity of it but as I mentioned I would have liked to have shot some portraiture but maybe for a reshoot now.

Very well executed. That's the second shot of daisies I've seen in mono and I am still surprised at how well it works.
Thanks Helen, I wanted to simplify the image so went down the mono route.
 
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Onto week 13 - Easter.
Wasn't really 'feeling' it to be honest and as a result, I defaulted to one of my favourite subjects, bending wire.
Comments and critique welcome as always but not expected. One of those weeks to move along, nothing to see.

Week 13 - Easter by Iain Blake, on Flickr
 
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Easter - I think that's a clever and original take on the theme, I like the second one better, fwiw.

Smooth - nice abstract image, simple and effective and very visually appealing, to my eye.
 
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I always like your wire bending pictures, and these do not disappoint. Personally I think the second is better and more clearly on theme.
 
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Easter - I think that's a clever and original take on the theme, I like the second one better, fwiw.

Smooth - nice abstract image, simple and effective and very visually appealing, to my eye.
Thanks. I wasn't sure about the second one simply because I feel it needs a third element. I tried it with the flower in there but it was just too busy.

I always like your wire bending pictures, and these do not disappoint. Personally I think the second is better and more clearly on theme.
Thanks Paul. I do enjoy creating these wire models, I am just not sure they stack up photographically.

Very creative Iain.
Second one for me too (y)
Thanks Chris.

Well I think they’re great Iain, two eye catching shots that are perfect for the theme.
Thank you Susie.

I think I prefer #2 tbh.
Both have a nice clean background and work for Easter, but I think I prefer the great DoF of the second shot.
Just personal taste though, I couldn't give a good reason why.
Thanks Tim, as mentioned above, I'm undecided on the second shot both compositionally and photographically.
 
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It's not good when you don't feel it. Happens to me almost every week I think!

I do think the wire bunny & egg are awesome though and I love the minimalist "high key" sort of exposure. Keeps the image bright, uplifting and "Spring"'y.

Thumbs up from me!
 
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