Kaushik Balakumar
I was looking around for a nice BG & found a piece of tree bark fallen on the ground. It had interesting textures on both sides. I have images using both sides as BGs. I decided to convert this one to B&W (+ sepia) because even though BG had good texture, it was bit bright. And taking a clue from Ganesh HS' previous owl post, I thought of using channel mixer to annul the BG bark + highlighting the yellow flower.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 105mm VR micro, tripod
f/16, 1/2.5, ISO200

Critiques welcome.
Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:59 am
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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sun Apr 05, 2009 7:38 am

Lovely image Kaushik. Curves and glowing flower amidst muted bark of the tree makes this iamge very artistic for my taste. B&W offers a whole new possibilities of seeing. I think challenge is the "see" B&W in the field itself (which I never thought of so far) which I am sure will happen slowly. Thanks for sharing.

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:21 am

This is a lovely image. I agree with Ganesh, it is indeed very artistic and everything in this image has been well executed. Congrats.

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Commentby krishnan v on Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:30 pm

Well executed shot indeed. The texture and the soft glow around the flower does this wonders.

Best Regards

Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:01 pm

Superb image Kaushik. Love the way you have converted this to monotone. Emphasis on the budding flower is just perfect and the color version of the same image that I have seen elsewhere is phenomenal too!

Pramod Viswanath
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Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:41 am

Very classical approach. These images never get outdated. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers, Shankar Kiragi