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ursula


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Backlighting II (Basic Editing III)
Collection: 2006
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro for Nikon
Location: Trail, BC
Date: Jan 4, 2006
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100 sec
Galleries: Floral, Photo-Impressionism
Date Uploaded: Jan 4, 2006

Setup: Black fabric backdrop, shop light in front and to side of backdrop, flower (sprayed with water/glycerin) in front. No other light source, dark room.

Camera settings: f2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO 200, aperture priority, custom white balance.

Handheld (because I'm too lazy to use my tripod).

Post-processing:
- Flipped horizontally
- Cropped slightly (keeping 1:1.5 ratio)
- Adjusted levels
- Increased saturation a bit
- Adjusted contrast/lightness
- Resized, sharpened, noise reduction, sharpened again, and saved

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NOTES:

The light circles are out of focus water droplets that look light because light is shining through them. The closer you get to your subject at shallow DOF, the smaller your field of clarity will be, which allows for beautiful out of focus effects.

When you have a circle out-of-focus, if you want it to appear circular, you have to go wide-open. It is the same with the sun when it is an out-of-focus circle behing something that you focused on. If you close a bit the diaphragm, the oof circles turn into the form of the diaphragm because of the refraction of light on it. MANY THANKS, SILVESTRO (srugolo) FOR THIS LAST PARAGRAPH!



Statistics
Place: 1 out of 324
Avg (all users): 6.9718
Avg (commenters): 8.0714
Avg (participants): 6.8793
Avg (non-participants): 7.0246
Views since voting: 33997
Views during voting: 514
Votes: 319
Comments: 111
Favorites: 205 (view)


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11/23/2010 10:24:48 AM
all i have to say is wow, this is going in my favorites.
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03/17/2009 11:37:12 AM
This is really pretty
10/01/2008 02:35:57 PM
A breath taken image. Beautiful colors and detial.
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08/15/2007 09:06:09 AM
Fantastic photo. Simply stunning. The setup and execution are amazing.
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02/24/2007 11:23:42 PM
wow...just wow
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12/17/2006 03:12:04 PM
The colors here are so rich and vibrant. Great work.
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05/04/2006 09:08:04 PM
Stunning. I don't know how I kept from commenting. Nice to see it again after all these months. Love the variations of blue. Love the sparkle of the droplets.
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05/04/2006 08:20:27 PM
Yes! This is what I mean when I say that flowers don't have to be boring! This is ridiculously gorgeous.
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01/27/2006 08:31:44 PM
Ursala, Congrats! This is beautiful, and well deserved.
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01/24/2006 10:13:28 AM
this photograph is absolutely breathtaking... i love it!! congrats on the well deserved ribbon..
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01/24/2006 09:44:57 AM
Ursula, this is stunning. I'm totally in awe of your work. Congratulations on your ribbon my friend!

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01/23/2006 06:28:53 PM
wonderful colors gr8 job
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01/23/2006 11:34:03 AM
Beautiful shot! You are raking those ribbons in. Congratulations.
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01/22/2006 01:24:38 PM
Thank you.

I completely disagree that Cartier-Bresson's photography would score low here. I think it would do great here. I think there is a real appreciation for his kind of photography here, but there are pathetically few images that rise to the occasion, really, really very few.



Message edited by author 2006-01-22 13:37:22.
01/22/2006 08:54:07 AM
when i was doing Henri Cartier-Bresson for tribute challenge, i was thinking about two ribbons you won recently. Crisp images, wonderful photos for eyes. They are comple delight to watch. And no wonder they won ribbons.
But then i was thinking about my entery for tribute challenge, solid composition, but will score near 5, since its not crisp and not an eye delight. I asked myself what do i want to do, do i want to shoot flowers with 1.4 lense and make them eye candy or do i want to take pictures like whom i am giving tribute. His pictures are not eye candy but are strong on compositions. Then i asked myself would any of his pictures would have won ribbon here. My answer is mostly 'no'. They would not have won more ribbons than you have with flowers.
The thing i want to say is, your pics are wonderful but they are not great, i wish you become great photographer as i think you can do it. But then i think how many blues you want to win first.
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01/21/2006 10:34:13 PM
This is great. I love the sparkles the drops made. Well done! congrats!
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01/20/2006 09:06:28 PM
Oh Ursula! I am once again in "awe" of your photography!
I love this photo very much. Keep up the great work and congrats!!!!
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01/20/2006 11:25:26 AM
Hey, Matt! Welcome to DPChallenge!!!
01/20/2006 03:06:31 AM
Georgous blues in your image
Very clear and Congratulations on a wonderfully different image
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01/20/2006 02:03:48 AM
Can't argue with that, beautiful image and congratulations
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01/20/2006 01:56:32 AM
Hey Ursula
Hey I am so proud of your work!!! I tell everyone about it. Keep it up Ursula.

You might know me as "Matt" on a sight you used to frequent. The guy from Nebraska.

I am totally serious.. you are easily the best photographer I know. Keep it up and keep in touch.
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01/19/2006 08:34:26 PM
Congrats on your ribbon:-)
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01/19/2006 05:56:54 PM
Love it. Congrats on the blue. Nice work!!
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01/19/2006 05:09:04 PM
This is such a beautiful photo. Congrats on the blue, and congrats on taking an amazing photograph!
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01/19/2006 12:36:35 PM
God feeling is this pic " Every pic of her(Ursula)with great feeling.God bless u.
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01/19/2006 10:16:58 AM
Simply a beautiful image. I love the shallow DOF.
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01/19/2006 06:49:10 AM
Fantastic image - Not normally a fan of Macro flowers though this is a favourite for me.
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01/19/2006 06:35:16 AM
Another beautiful shot Ursula. You are on a roll!:o)
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01/19/2006 04:07:08 AM
i just keep on cliking on this one.. just to have a look at it :) love it, awesome shot!
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01/18/2006 08:50:55 PM
beautiful shot.and congrads on your blue
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01/18/2006 08:02:23 PM
Wow! this is stunning! Your talent is incredible in b/w and color! Beautiful work!!
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01/18/2006 08:01:47 PM
What a beautiful shot!
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01/18/2006 07:21:13 PM
Congrats Ursula and thanks for the Photographer's Comments.
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01/18/2006 04:02:11 PM
WOW.
Magical is the best I can come up with.
Congrats on the rib1.gif
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01/18/2006 03:42:06 PM
Originally posted by macrothing:

I gave this an 8. The colors and lighting and OOF 'circles' really made it in my opinion. I wondered what type of flower this is and thought it was real, but on closer inspection - perhaps it is 'fabric'(?). If so, the fact that you 'hid' that so well (mostly via angle/lighting/water effects) created a good illusion. The only real 'criticism' I may have had, and very minor, would be (again, especially for this size), to have had perhaps a little more 'height'. If this is a real flower, and you know what type it is, if you could include the name in your comments, I'd be interested. Nice shot and yes, 'Congratulations'.


It definitely is real. It's a coloured daisy (a white daisy that was coloured blue); my daughter really liked them at the store when we went to look for flowers, so I got them.

BTW, we tried to get them to turn purple by adding red food colouring to the water, but it didn't work.

Message edited by author 2006-01-18 16:26:46.
01/18/2006 03:34:49 PM
I gave this an 8. The colors and lighting and OOF 'circles' really made it in my opinion. I wondered what type of flower this is and thought it was real, but on closer inspection - perhaps it is 'fabric'(?). If so, the fact that you 'hid' that so well (mostly via angle/lighting/water effects) created a good illusion. The only real 'criticism' I may have had, and very minor, would be (again, especially for this size), to have had perhaps a little more 'height'. If this is a real flower, and you know what type it is, if you could include the name in your comments, I'd be interested. Nice shot and yes, 'Congratulations'. edit:even better then (I thought 'perhaps' it may have been 'colored' whilst voting, that or a flower I didn't recognize - it was only after looking closer today I 'wondered' whether it was fabric), thank you for including that information.

Message edited by author 2006-01-18 15:55:01.
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01/18/2006 02:32:38 PM
Nice, very very nice. It comes off the screen.

Message edited by author 2006-01-18 14:32:55.
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01/18/2006 01:12:26 PM
That's an awesome picture, congratulations.
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01/18/2006 12:44:39 PM
OMG this rocks!! Instant fav! Congrats!
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01/18/2006 11:19:37 AM
Congratulations - stunning image!
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01/18/2006 10:11:48 AM
Wow...loving it! Congrats!
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01/18/2006 10:11:05 AM
your work always amazes me. Congrats on a well deserved blue! feels good to have 2 on the front page huh? :)

Message edited by author 2006-01-18 10:11:41.
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01/18/2006 09:58:13 AM
Just lovely.
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01/18/2006 08:51:53 AM
Wonder woman you are! Congratulations on this beautiful shot!
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01/18/2006 08:49:07 AM
You did it again!!! Holy cow, woman! Congrats.
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01/18/2006 08:32:52 AM
great colors and composition
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01/18/2006 08:15:20 AM
Congrats Ursula, You have a very special talent.
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01/18/2006 08:14:32 AM
You've done it again Ursula! Just stunning!! :-)
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01/18/2006 08:10:59 AM
Beautiful!! And big congrats on the blue. And big congrats to two on the main page!!
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01/18/2006 07:01:46 AM
Wow, this is just beautiful. Congratulations!
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01/18/2006 06:49:40 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon. It made me go out and buy a Sigma 105 macro. Can't wait to receive it in the mail next week!

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01/18/2006 06:20:50 AM
I missed this one when skimming through the entries to comment (but not vote). I'm glad it's presence on the home page alerted me to my loss. It's a beautiful image, lovely lighting, lovely composition, lovely colours and lovely bokeh. Congrats on the ribbon, Ursula!

Message edited by author 2006-01-19 18:06:09.
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01/18/2006 05:14:05 AM
Love how your flowers are far from generic, far from the ordinary everyday flower macro. There's always that little extra touch that translate into something special.


For me, this comments says it all (thanks rgo!). I've never seen anything like it. Sure have a thing or 2 to learn from you ... Congratulations!
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01/18/2006 05:09:25 AM
Unique Ursula! The blue is so well deserved!
Many, many congrats again! :D
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01/18/2006 04:45:35 AM
I'm so happy that a picture I like (you got a 10 from me) finally got a blue ribbon! Usually my taste is a bit off from the rest!
Great to be able to have appealed to almost everyone.

Well done!
And I'm definitly getting myself a macrolens!

Ingrid.
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01/18/2006 03:26:03 AM
I'm gonna find out where you live, and then buy up all the flowers within a 50-mile radius of your home. I'll direct my minions of flower-eating bugs to then eradicate all other pesky freedom-loving, free-growing petals within the same area. As a pre-emptive strike, I'll then turn on my weather machine and direct 100 years of winter for your town, to prevent a floral recovery. And then what are ya gonna do???

Beautiful shots in recent weeks. Love how your flowers are far from generic, far from the ordinary everyday flower macro. There's always that little extra touch that translate into something special.

Therefore...I'm gonna find out where...etc.etc.etc.

Message edited by author 2006-01-18 03:28:05.
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01/18/2006 02:27:42 AM
Ursula, great study! Congrats with your blue.
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01/18/2006 01:48:21 AM
I am so pleased this one ribboned....my favourite of the challenge.
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01/18/2006 01:35:29 AM
daaannng.. you're on a roll.
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01/18/2006 01:35:14 AM
::: Critique Club ::: ladyhawk22

First Impression - the most important one: Wow, stunning image. Was not surprised to see this getting a ribbon!!

Composition: Beautiful shot! I like the composition just as it is...it splits the screen well and the angle is really good, especially for showing off the backlighting. Might be interesting to see the flower tilted ever so slightly with the face towards us...but really, I love it just the way it is!

Subject: Great choice of subject for this challenge! Really works well to show the lighting technique that was carried off so well here. Beautiful colors that keep the interest of the viewer, and the water droplets add a nice texture.

Technical (Colour, focus, and light): Love the shallow DOF on this shot! Again, seems to show off the lighting and gives an ethereal air to the photo. Colors are spot on! Truly fabulous. Lighting is spectacular!

To grow its vote?: Oh goodness....I really don't think there's anything I could suggest!!

Summary: Wonderful photo and masterfully captured! Congrats!

Message edited by author 2006-01-18 11:25:18.
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01/18/2006 12:56:16 AM
oh stop showing off ;)) congrats, great shot
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01/18/2006 12:26:34 AM
Originally posted by nshapiro:

Wow--Another gorgeous entry. Are you sure your last name isn't Patterson? :)

Congratulations!


Nope :) But I'm now Ursula "Patterson" Abresch :)))))

Freeman Patterson's work really has been an inspiration for me.


Message edited by author 2006-01-18 00:42:07.
01/18/2006 12:24:18 AM
Congrats on your Blue from this blue image. Great shot! Love it and into my faves.
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01/18/2006 12:23:59 AM
Dang it Ursula everytime I see your images I try and add you to favorites and your already there.. Another great Photo and congrats on the blue this time!
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01/18/2006 12:20:09 AM
Ursula: you are throwing the ball out of the park over and over again with the most beautiful images. Congratulations on your BLUE. Very well deserved!
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01/18/2006 12:19:08 AM
It's certainly a winner. Gorgeous! Congrats Ursula.
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01/18/2006 12:17:59 AM
congrats!!
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01/18/2006 12:16:24 AM
congrats...awesome
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01/18/2006 12:15:06 AM
amazing!
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01/18/2006 12:14:58 AM
The light circles are out of focus water droplets.
01/18/2006 12:14:09 AM
Great photo ursula..a deserved win for sure....
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01/18/2006 12:11:57 AM
Another ribbon! Ursula, congrats again.
very pretty bokeh. Dont really know what are those blue and white things tho.
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01/18/2006 12:11:06 AM
What a great treat to be on the front page with you and your blue, blue beauty, Ursula! Many congrats!!
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01/18/2006 12:10:42 AM
Great photo, congrats on the blue. Love the depth of field and colors. So now your name is up there twice - sweet!

Message edited by author 2006-01-18 00:11:33.
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01/18/2006 12:10:34 AM
Wow--Another gorgeous entry. Are you sure your last name isn't Patterson? :)

Congratulations!
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01/18/2006 12:09:41 AM
Congrats on the Blue - well deserved
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/17/2006 11:44:32 PM
beautiful color, bg blur with interesting circular light effects
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01/17/2006 11:27:19 PM
Awesome. Good colors and beautiful bokeh. Sets it apart from the rest of the flower shots. 9
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01/17/2006 10:03:58 PM
Beautiful blues, water droplets, and interesting DOF and bokeh. Wish for an additional element, but I can't think of one. Love it.
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01/17/2006 02:05:22 PM
Circles? Falling drops?
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01/17/2006 12:52:54 PM
I very much enjoy this type of photography and very much hope for you that this does better than my attempts in other challenges. Nicely done. Great detail in front, good interest in back, pleasing colors.
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01/17/2006 08:03:30 AM
Beautiful!
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01/17/2006 07:11:03 AM
whow.. really nice!
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01/16/2006 03:19:05 PM
Great image and i love the shallow DOF! 10
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01/16/2006 12:51:01 PM
WONDERFUL IMAGE!
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01/14/2006 05:05:05 PM
Fantastic colors.
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01/14/2006 08:46:56 AM
Very nice image.
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01/14/2006 02:55:52 AM
This is a great shot. The light and the water have added texture and interest to this bloom. Good Job.
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01/13/2006 10:47:12 PM
Creation Glory again! What a shot! Nice touch catching the subject after a rainshower (either real or manufactured.) The varying hues of blue caused by increasing density & decreasing translucency make for an interesting study! Great Photo!
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01/13/2006 08:43:35 PM
beautiful colors
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01/13/2006 07:19:38 PM
Oh my goodness. I surely HOPE you give some details on this. I love it. 10!
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01/13/2006 06:10:24 PM
LOVE this one...especially the flares. Has a soft, magical, ethereal quality that is very nice.
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01/13/2006 03:15:49 PM
Pretty flower. Good use of depth of field and bocah.
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01/13/2006 02:55:36 PM
Outstanding photograph! By far my favorite of this challenge. The color and DOF are amazing. I'm not sure if this is more of a macro or an abstract, either way excellent work.

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01/13/2006 01:51:47 AM
Such a magic image, with the droplets and backlighting, Very well done.....
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01/12/2006 06:54:48 PM
Beautiful subject and such vibrant colours. Look at that bokeh! It's almost competing for my attention against the flower.
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01/12/2006 03:16:20 AM
This is really beautiful, it's my favorite in the challenge.
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01/11/2006 11:54:40 PM
excellent abstract type photo, I would like to do something like a print swap. good luck
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01/11/2006 08:35:25 PM
gorgeous DOF!
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01/11/2006 07:15:57 PM
Stunning.
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01/11/2006 05:04:01 PM
I love it... It looks so fresh, so real, so vivid... I can almost touch it! And yeah, the lighting is spectacular! A well deserved 10!
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01/11/2006 03:11:19 PM
wow, I just love this. the colour, the waterdrops, DOF... this is the kind o picture I want to take! well done 10
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01/11/2006 12:49:57 PM
Beautiful! Like the colors. A little more focus on more of the petals and it would have been perfect..
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01/11/2006 11:02:06 AM
pretty.
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01/11/2006 07:17:59 AM
nice
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01/11/2006 06:59:48 AM
Pretty, like the dew
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01/11/2006 01:57:46 AM
very nice!
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01/11/2006 01:42:28 AM
Wow, great detail and colors here. I like the way the shallow DOF give this alot of dimension and layer. Nice work
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01/11/2006 12:58:32 AM
i really like the colors you picked....
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01/11/2006 12:51:12 AM
Beautiful color and sharp water droplets...how do you get the water to make the circles in the background? 10.
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01/11/2006 12:33:55 AM
Fabulous. Wow. 10.
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