Shadow detail… HA! Rules. Whatever, dude.
Walter Sobchack: “You mark that frame an eight, and you’re entering a world of pain.”
Smokey: “I’m not…”
Walter Sobchack: “A world of pain.”
Smokey: “Dude, he’s your partner…”
Walter Sobchack: “Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a s**t about the rules?! Mark it zero! ”
– John Goodman & Jimmy Dale Gilmore – The Big Lebowski
About this image: digital photograph, lightly modified
So beautiful! I really love the tones. They give the picture an almost surreal feel. Nice 🙂
Thank you very much, Ms. F!
I darkened up the background more than I might normally do – seemed like I could get away with that here, though… I was thinking / hoping the flower should be the star of the show, I guess.
It looks amazing! I love it 🙂
Have a wonderful week Mr. SIG 🙂
That is so nice to hear Ms. B… thank you!
I hope you have a wonderful week as well!
How beautiful. The light and the shade is perfect. Have a good day.
Thanks you very much, sir!
And I hope you have a wonderful day as well!
Wow SIG! My hat’s off to you. Your water lily is so much better compared to the water lily I posted last week!
Not at all, Ms. C. Just different styles, that’s all! Although I do wish I would have posted this when I originally thought about doing so… that would have been kinda fun! It’s surprising how often that happens to me, really… I must be
stealingchanneling creative thoughts!
I love this one, Sig…the lily shows up so nicely in the surrounding shadows. Nice work! 🙂 Hugs xx
Thank you very much, Deb! It seemed like there was so much ‘going on’ in the photo that I tried a few things to pull the flower out and push the background … um… back, a bit. How’s that for funny? A background in the background?! Honestly, I don’t know what my deal is sometimes!
Wonderfully full shadows and such simple elegant form! A topper SIG!!
Thanks so much, sir!
This was one of those editing jobs that took a real turn… funny how much your mood at the time your working on an image can so dramatically affect the outcome, isn’t it?!
Haha yes it does. You have certainly supplied us with a very atmospheric image here. Looks like no matter what mood your are in it is a beneficial one!
Simply beautiful, Sig. Nice balance of light and shadow.
Thanks so much, M.P…
I cooked parts of this one quite a bit, but… for the most part… I’m happy with this. I think. For now, anyway.
Darn there was a movie coming out that had boring er your name written all over it and now I forgot what it was.
You wouldn’t be thinking of… MOONRISE KINGDOM, would you? (can you tell I’m just a little excited to see it?)
Hahaha… aw, come-on, Bearman… I know you love the visual of a gun toting John Goodman crammed into the same post as a Water Lilly… how’s that for juxtaposition?
That’s IT!! Can’t wait to get some quotes from that.
Can’t wait to learn a few!
Just saw the preview today when going to see Rock of Ages. Still sucks. I don’t get that guys movies at All.
HAHAHA! It would be a dream come true if I could get a photo of W.A. wearing a Bearman Cartoons shirt to send you…
Then maybe I would think he had a sense of humor
Excellent post Bob , I love the way how you shot this one plus your amazing artwork 🙂
Thanks so much, Jake!
It was very happy to hear you liked this one!
Deep in a cave is a secret pool. High above the pool, nature has formed a skylight in the ceiling of the cave. Once each day a single ray of light is able to penetrate the gloom to highlight the hidden beauty that human eyes cannot see.
Except SIG’s eyes.
Holy c**p, Peg! That was beautiful, thank you!
And I would have settled for a mag light and a spare set of batteries!
The photo is dandy but I’m marveling at how perfect a water lily that is, too!
So true, Madame!
The stuff around it wasn’t nearly as perfect, though. I had to airbrush out a ton of junk on the lily pads (including at least one dead-looking bug). I thought about cleaning them up even more (ridiculous how dirty ponds are these days), but I was worried it might start to look a bit fake at some point.
Love the way the lily “glows” amid the shadows.
Thank you so much, Patti!
I was hoping I didn’t push that too far… but it almost seemed like it… did… something.
Wow, that’s really nice. All of your stuff is really good, but this is one of my favorite photos that you’ve posted.
That is wonderful to hear, sir thank you! Especially since you’ve put up with me for so long now… so I know you’ve
suffered througher seen a lot of scary thingshad a lot to compare this to!
Thank you again, sir… very much!
The only thing that I found scary was your abused pears! Those poor things!
Hahaha… I was surprised I wasn’t getting any calls from some ‘Pear Growers Council’ or something… wanting to use those for promotion somewhere…
the light is excellent here…. very well played, sir!
Many thanks, Mr. B! Game-on… I hope, anyway.
It has such a beautiful glow! It reminds me of a staged scene from a play for some reason. Maybe it’s the dramatic lighting. Lovely!
That’s a very good way to describe this, Annabelle… I hadn’t thought of it until you mentioned it, but it looks quite a bit like some kind of stage lighting to me, too! Thank you so much!
All that we need now is a bunch of
frogs to leap by and you’ve cracked it 🙂 lol
Joking aside SIG I really like this one 🙂
Hahaha… indeed, Andro!
Well, I didn’t see many frogs that day, but there were plenty of bugs around. In fact, there was one (which – somehow – I didn’t even see at the time) legs up (dead, I think) on one of the lily pads in the foreground… I had to airbrush that out (along with one or two smaller ones and a ton of other random ‘stuff’)… it was a bit disgusting, really.
Mr. Sig and your amazing water lily photo. It has all the element of a classic flora photo put into one. Cheers Nonoy Manga
You are too kind, N.M… thank you so much! I sincerely appreciate it!
What a lily! I give the frame and all within a perfect 10!
Thank you very much, Ms. K!!!
Your comments are always in the running for kindness gold!
Absolutely gorgeous. *scrolls back up to take a fourth look* Yep. Absolutely gorgeous.
Aw, thanks so much, Ms. D!
I appreciate all that mouse-work!
Wow! I like this photo! It’s just perfect! 😀
Oh, thank you so much, Cristina!
It did turn out a bit better than I thought it might… so that was a nice surprise!
Very tranquil. Just waiting for the frog to leap out.
No! No! No frogs here, Loon…
*winks at frog in background / tries not to stat laughing*
nice! It’s like the lily is the star of the scene and a spotlight from above points it out.
Thank you so much!
It was a bit of a surprise how that all came together… honestly it was mostly luck… but I’m not above taking all the serendipity I can get!
*inserts music* …….and now the star of the show!!!! Love this! 😀
An unbelievably kind comment AND some tunes? I’ll sure take that, Mary… thank you!
Glad I dropped by and found this. Water lily + “Big Lebowski” reference = happy Friday!
‘You want a Water Lily + Big Lebowski reference? I can get you a Water Lily + Big Lebowski reference, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don’t wanna know about it, believe me.’
*In my best Walter*
Thanks so much for stopping by, M.M.!
Lovely lighting on this… 🙂
Thanks so much, Nigel…
I was pleasantly surprised with how that part worked out…
it was just a bit of luck, really.
The B&W really sets the flower off nicely. Where’s da frogs???
Thanks so much Mr. M!
Hahaha… they must be off relaxing on da couch somewhere…
Beautiful composition. Both the balance and tonal qualities are very effective. It suggests some of the early photography from Japan.
Thank you so much, sir!
I was very happy when I stumbled across these water lilies IN BLOOM! Normally when we visit the Botanical Garden I tend to miss out on that for some reason…
Thank you so very much! That is very kind of you!
Just when I think you couldn’t pull a prettier photo out of your lens, you go and do it. Gorgeous, Inky, seriously gorgeous.
Aw, thanks, Dishy!
You are far too kind… what is working here was mostly (if not all) luck… but I’ll take all the luck that I can find!
I Love these, we see them a lot in Thailand. The photography is nice S-I-G but honestly- my eyes are SCREAMING for color!
I would imagine that’s very true, Lynn! That would definitely be the sort of thing I wouldn’t mind seeing a lot of!
Hahaha… well… you know. There is some color above and below this, though… so that’s a start, right?!
gor-JUS. I would kill to see this in a movie. Probably Citizen Kane. In the little-known scene where they rescue Rosebud and throw it in the pond.
Now I’m going to be screaming, ‘XANADU!‘ in my old-timey voice all night long.
I’m totally blaming this on you when my landlord starts banging on the door, U.M. 😉
This is beautiful, Robert. I must have missed it because of my break.
Thank you, S.E! The post processing choices were a bit overwhelming with this one – seemed like it could have worked many different ways – but as you know, my gut reaction is usually b/w… especially when in doubt. So I’m especially happy to hear you liked this, S.E… thank you!