Flowers and Bench

© John Caruso

Flowers and Bench

Uploaded: October 22, 2007 08:45:24


1/8 at f/5.6; Lens 24-70 f/2.8L; Focal Length 70; ISO 100; Tripod; Natural Light

I simply couldn't resist these purple flowers against the mossy stone wall, particularly with that textured bench as a counterpoint. Photographed at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.


Janine Russell level-deluxe October 22, 2007

John, great colors, textures and lighting. #768035

John Caruso October 22, 2007

Thanks Janine! I always appreciate hearing from you. #4961699

Erika Haight October 22, 2007

I love this photo! It is a very comfortable and warm image! erika ;)

Cheryl E. Davis October 22, 2007

Beautiful, John! I love the textures and the purple flowers really make this shot. Nicely done! #4961850

John Caruso October 22, 2007

Thank you so very much Erika and Cheryl! #4961871

Katarina Mansson October 22, 2007

Great find! Lovely textures, composition and light. And I especially like that color combination with purple and green... #4961885

John Caruso October 22, 2007

Thanks as always Katarina! #4961892

Michelle L. Frick October 22, 2007

Beautiful composition John! I love the purple and green and all the textures throughout!! #4961907

Corinne M. Thompson October 22, 2007

Oooh, I recognize that bench! Great colors and capture John! #4961919

John Caruso October 22, 2007

Thanks Michelle and Corinne! #4961945

Les Rhoades level-classic October 22, 2007

I have no idea how you achieved the colors in the image, but I'm liking them. Great textures in the BG stones. There is a lot going on here (left and right),but it is well balanced. #4961970

John Caruso October 22, 2007

Thanks a million, Les! #4961995

Joy Rector October 22, 2007

gorgeous, great shot #4962020

Jeana Clark October 22, 2007

Ok...scold me now...It's been a long time since I've visited your gallery...I appologize!! You have added so many FANTASTIC captures that it will take me some time to completely review all of your new work!!
This one is superb!!
Wonderful tones...textures...details and awesome colors!!!

PERFECT composition John!!! #4962125

Mitch Spence level-classic October 22, 2007

Oh, my goodness, John, this just jumps right out and pulls you in. The composition is superb--and the colors of the moss, and the texture, and the light. Well, well, well. #4962141

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic October 22, 2007

Beautiful composition and effects John!,
Amalia #4962193

Joan Powell October 22, 2007

Beautiful , looks like a painting . Love it !! #4962255

John Caruso October 22, 2007

Wow, thanks one and all for your very kind words! I'm so glad that you liked it because it's one of my new favs! And Jeana, I'd never scold ! #4962365

Susan Fox October 22, 2007

One of your best John! Love it!!! #4962575

John Caruso October 22, 2007

Wow! Thank you for your enthusiasm Susan! #4962595

Nikki McDonald level-classic October 22, 2007

This is just super, John. There is something that unifies the entire image--can't put my finger on it for sure but it may be the texture throughout (in the bricks of the planter, the stone wall, the rough bench--and makes this just jump right off the screen at you. Composition is perfect and you have described it so well yourself. Very good luck with this one. #4962906

Linda Blair October 22, 2007

Really beautiful...great comp,colors and lighting!!!! ☺ #4962917

Paul Michko October 22, 2007

WOW, WOw, Wow and wow!!! #4963124

John Caruso October 22, 2007

Nikki, I can always count on you for a comment that makes me smile! Thanks!

Thank you, too, Linda. I appreciate you taking a look!

And, Paul, what more can I say than, "Wow" right back! Thanks! #4963716

Susan M. Hembree October 22, 2007

I like this a lot, John. Great colors, lighting and framing! #4963926

Margie Hurwich October 22, 2007

Beautiful, John! #4964129

John Caruso October 23, 2007

Thank you so much Susan and Margie! #4965823

Carol Teal October 24, 2007

John this is just so beautiful! I love all the different textures and the color, especially the green on the wall. Great comp and great find! #4975331

John Caruso October 25, 2007

You are so wonderful to say so, Carol! Thanks! #4977287

Colleen Farrell November 16, 2007

I love images with lots of texture--this one is terrific, John! Amazing colors, too! #5082524

John Caruso November 16, 2007

Thanks so very much Colleen! #5082697

Ronald F. Fischer November 16, 2007

Fantastic colors, lighting, composition and details on this awesome capture! #5083525

John Caruso November 16, 2007

A hale and hearty thanks to you Ronald! #5083627

Donna La Mattino Pagakis November 16, 2007

This is very creative and beautiful John. Excellent colors and textures, a great find!! Best of luck to you!! #5084248

John Caruso November 17, 2007

I really appreciate you taking a look Donna! #5086042

Robert Baer November 18, 2007

did you use an artistic filter to bring out the texture or is this how it actually was???? #5090630

John Caruso November 18, 2007

Hey Justin--

I used a circular polarizer--that really brought out a lot of the color and texture. Furthermore, the light was just perfect, giving me the richness that I really like in this photo. Finally, the moss really worked against that stone and complimented the purple of the flowers very nicely. I hope that helps! #5091782

Susan M. Smith November 20, 2007

John, loved this the first time I saw it. The textures and colors are fab, as is the comp! Definately deserves a medal :) #5102999

John Caruso November 20, 2007

You are so kind, Susan! Thanks! #5103259

Nikki McDonald level-classic November 21, 2007

Glad to see this as your favorite in the Countdown thread, John. I am enjoying revisiting it and catching up on the discussion. I would really have thought you used more photoshop effects here--neat to know that these colorful results are pretty much natural. Good luck with this or any other :) #5108961

John Caruso November 21, 2007

Thanks Nikki...and of course I wish you all the best, too! #5109089

Dr Silly level-classic November 26, 2007

Congratulations John on your finalist. :O)

Colleen Farrell November 26, 2007

Way to go, John! So glad to see your fave with a silver--congratulations! #5127847

Nikki McDonald level-classic November 26, 2007

You can't begin to know how glad to see your favorite in such good company, John. Congratulations on your finalist and good luck in the next round.

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic November 26, 2007

Congratulations John!,
Amalia #5128267

Jeana Clark November 26, 2007


~J~ #5129311

Susan Fox November 26, 2007

See, I told you this was one of your best photos :-) Congratulations John! I am predicting this one will go even further. #5129332

Nancy (Peaches) Harker November 26, 2007

BIG Congrats on your beautiful finalist and best of luck in the next round! #5129438

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic November 26, 2007

Congratulations on your finalist. #5129684

Steven E. Ray November 26, 2007

Superb photo fully worthy of the finalist. Big congratulations John! #5129728

Tamera S. Phillips November 26, 2007

Congrats to you John. Very beautiful finalist. #5130250

Michael S. Baker November 26, 2007

Congrats on an excellent image, John!
Best of luck in the next round!
Mike B- #5130501

Daniella Puente November 26, 2007

Excellent composition and saturation John GREAT finalist!!!!! congrats :) #5131548

John Caruso November 26, 2007

I am humbled by your outpouring of support! Thank you all so very much...I sincerely appreciate it! #5131822

Don Chen November 26, 2007

John, Congratulations on your finalist! Good luck next round! #5132089

John Caruso November 26, 2007

Thanks Don! I feel a bit of a debt to you for this one since it was made on our group outing to the Botanic Gardens! #5132125

Susan M. Hembree November 26, 2007

Beautiful finalist, John! congratulations! #5132204

Cesar J. La Rosa November 26, 2007

WOW!!! Love those colors and textures, John!!!
Cesar #5132641

Susie Peek-Swint November 27, 2007

Wonderful lines, textures, and colours John ~ many congrats! #5133252

John Caruso November 27, 2007

I really appreciate all your kind words Susan, Cesar, and Susie! #5134031

Gary Lange November 27, 2007

Wow, John, congrats here!! What a terrific image! #5135135

Erika Haight November 27, 2007

Great job on Finalist John. It was well deserved here I love this photo! ~ erika #5135237

Robert Baer November 27, 2007

congrats for this wonderful composition #5135610

Vicki L. Filippin November 27, 2007

FanTABulous image, John!
Nice to see another one of 'own' sporting a silver medal. Congrats and best of luck in the next round!!!
:-) #5135661

John Caruso November 27, 2007

Thank you, thank you Gary, Erika, Justin, and Vicki! I appreciate it so very much! #5135774

Corinne M. Thompson November 27, 2007

Congrats on your finalist John! #5136471

John Caruso November 27, 2007

Thank you very much Corinne! #5136638

Sam Britt November 27, 2007

Congratulations!! #5136749

John Caruso November 27, 2007

Thanks Sam! #5137047

Mitch Spence level-classic November 27, 2007

One of my great favorites of yours, John. So pleased to see it among the finalists. #5137265

Jennifer Rennison November 27, 2007

Beautiful image, John! Excellent colors, lighting and composition! Congratulations on your finalist and best of luck in the next round! #5137406

John Caruso November 27, 2007

I really do appreciate hearing from you Mitch and Jennifer! #5137546

Chris Budny level-deluxe November 27, 2007

Fantastic work, John; Congratulations! Wish I'd visited just a little earlier, and could have enjoyed that fruitful trip to the gardens! #5137630

John Caruso November 27, 2007

It would have been a blast, that's for sure! I've penciled you in for next time, LOL! #5138338

Ken Smith level-classic November 27, 2007

Congrats again, John!! #5138787

Carol Teal November 27, 2007

John, I love the color and texture in this photo. This is definitely one of my favorites of yours, and I am so happy to see it recognized with a finalist! A huge congrats! #5139797

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic November 27, 2007

Beautiful color, texture, and tones, John! Congrats on the wonderful finalist!
--Lisa #5139836

Les Rhoades level-classic November 28, 2007

Congrats on a third FINALIST win.
Read my earlier comment from above. #5140424

John Caruso November 28, 2007

Thanks Ken, Carol, Lisa, and Les! You're kind words do mean a lot to me! #5142425

Linda Blair November 29, 2007

Congratulations!!!!!! ☺ #5148468

John Caruso November 30, 2007

Thanks so much Linda! #5151304

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