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  #147 Impressionism
Entry 7 of 24
Late Summer Harvest       ©2014 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       7th place, 120 points
1s, f7.1, ISO 80, 35mm, Manual, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: Three layers, shot on tripod, combine one interior in focus and one blur in Qtpfsgui (HDR), add window layer, apply oilify in Gimp       Extra Info: None
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Sep 9, 2014
    Countrymen,Romans, Friends, I come to praise Jade not to bury her.

Sep 9, 2014
    I stand corrected, Jade. Had I been more informed or educated about the different styles of impressionism, I would have seen how appropriate your entry was. It is really quite wonderful and an impressive piece of work. However, I think maybe where it fell in esteem with the voters has more to do with the assumption (perhaps unfair?) that it was achieved more by post-processing than by the more highly valued camera manipulation alone.

Sep 9, 2014
    It immediately brought to mind Cezanne for me.

Sep 9, 2014
    Nice job Jade. I wasn't around for this challenge, but I wanted to comment on this one. The strength is in the composition. Maybe not so much in the PP. However, you have the color and contrast nailed. Glad it did well. I agree with Mike about the window light. Don't know if you have ever been to Cezanne's studio in Aix, but it looks a lot like that kind of light. Your sense of lighting and how to use it is consistently excellent.

Jade O.
Sep 8, 2014
    Thanks, Lo. I'm glad someone considers it a contender for something (though if there is any PP involved, it really is not supposed to count for anything, you know.)

Sep 8, 2014
    This just has to be a contender for the Art imitates Life forum. You nailed it!

Jade O.
Sep 8, 2014
    Thanks Mepo but I'm happiest with my Open entry which rendered as a painting I wouldn't mind hanging on my wall; this one I'd tire of even if I used it as a placemat.

Jade O.
Sep 8, 2014
    Thank you for all your votes and comments. Really Steve, not much of this is PP apart from combining images in layers and through the use of HDR software. I think my Open entry was a more faithful impression of impressionist art on every level.

Sep 8, 2014
    Congrats Jade - your talent is amazing and varied

Sep 8, 2014
    Congratulations. It's a wonderful image and I can appreciate how much effort went into the composition and lighting. I do not have that kind of talent or patience, nor the post processing skill.

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Jade O.
Sep 8, 2014
    mrsawyer, I can provide the original in focus in frame in outtakes for you. I wish I had the luxury of an in-cam multi-exposure but, alas, I have to do this PP (which is not all bad, sort of like RAW processing I think in that you have a measure of control).
Edited on Sep 8, 2014

Sep 8, 2014
    A nice result even though it seems to rely on much processing. I'd like to see what the original in-focus frame looked like. In my favs.

Jade O.
Sep 8, 2014
    Old Finn Thanks, but see the links under my reply to eagle1 below. Of course, we all have our own opinions and each has some merit.

davep56 Thanks for commenting.

Old Finn
Sep 8, 2014
    Beautiful still life. The painter has done so precise work wit his paintbrush, that I donīt feel, that the picture is actually impressionist. Anyway, I like it, in my favorites.

Sep 8, 2014
    like this reminds me of many an oil painting seen in country shops and houses

Jade O.
Sep 8, 2014
    RobertLavker, cookiejar, Phillip W Appreciate your taking the time to comment. Pleased to know it worked for you. cookiejar, see my note to SteveBee, below.

SteveBee I especially appreciate your candour. I guess it is a matter of interpretation but really, almost all the effort went into image capture (scenes like this take some thought for composition and lighting, and in figuring out the need to overlay two images, one in focus and one blurred, in order to obtain the effect.) The special filter aspect really is a matter of relatively minor "tweaking". If you or anyone else has any doubt, try taking an image and getting this result using artistic "canned" pre-programmed filters. I add that the reference to "marking down" for post processing was specifically deleted from the Challenge description though I knew disclosing fully my PP techniques in getting this result would still end up costing me votes - unfairly in my view.
Edited on Sep 8, 2014

Sep 8, 2014
    Well done. Great composition.

Sep 8, 2014
    Very pretty composition. Post production certainly makes an effective, painterly Photograph.

Sep 8, 2014
    You have made a good 'impression' on me with this entry so this is my top vote. Good luck.

Sep 7, 2014
    This is a truly lovely still life composition. But I am withholding my vote from images that rely primarily on special filters for the impressionistic style effect since the challenge rules state "More effort should be placed on image capture rather than post-processing."

Jade O.
Sep 7, 2014
    Lo Are you sure it's a copy? Check the internet; if you can't find it, call Southeby's!!! Thanks for the encouraging comments. I thought my impression of impressionist art was what we were supposed to do ("Do your best impression of the impressionistic art style.") but not all who commented agree.

fc I think you are right, unfortunately. The Challenge was specifically amended to delete marking down for PP but that won't convince those who have a certain bias against PP.
Edited on Sep 7, 2014

Sep 7, 2014
    Wow - beautifully done - really an excellent imitation of the impressionist style. We have a Monet (copy unfortunately) that uses just this type of blotchy brushstroke and lighting to convey a scene.

Sep 7, 2014
    the classic still life and impressionist as well
you may lose out on the pp work but in my favorites

Jade O.
Sep 6, 2014
    Thanks Phil. The Challenge topic did say, Do your best impression of the impressionistic art style.

Sep 6, 2014
    I like the special effect making it look like a painting and love the light coming through the old fashioned windows.

Jade O.
Sep 5, 2014
    Not impressionist? I thought it was!

Not all impressionist works look like what you'd see awakening bleary eyed mid-day on the side of the River Seine with a massive hangover after too many bottles of fine French wine which caused you to pass out there the night before.

Some impressionist painting are quite fine in detail. Look at Monet's
Garden at Sainte-Adresse, http://uploads7.wikiart.org/images/claude-monet/garden-at-sainte-adresse.jpg

or Still Life With Melon, http://www.artclon.com/OtherFile/Still_Life_with_Melon__1872.jpg

or Still Life with Apples and Grapes http://wikieducator.org/images/thumb/5/59/Monet-Still-Life-with-Apples-and-Grapes-1880.jpg/350px-Monet-Still-Life-with-Apples-and-Grapes-1880.jpg

or Cezannes Still Life with Apples

or Sugar Basin and Fruit
Edited on Sep 8, 2014

Sep 5, 2014
    Nice oil painting effect, but not "impressionistic".

Jade O.
Sep 5, 2014
    I agree about the teapot and bowl (mug actually). But by the time I realized I should have shot this differently, I'd eaten quite a few of the tomatoes! I don't think this will do well simply because I expect many have a pretty narrow idea of what impressionism is (not to mention those who mark down a shot with any substantial PP) but we'll see.

Sep 4, 2014
    Spectacular. The windows rocket this one into my top picks. They provide both focus and balance. The teapot and bowl do not 'fit' or 'complement' the other items and the bowl especially seems to be from another dimension, perhaps it's the false fog that is floating through that gives this impression. All minor points because the whole comes together beautifully.
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