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Dance of the Dandelion
2nd PlaceDance of the Dandelion
alfresco


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Single Light Source II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro for Nikon
Location: My Livingroom
Date: May 30, 2006
Aperture: f/18
ISO: 200
Shutter: 2.0s
Galleries: Abstract, Floral
Date Uploaded: May 29, 2006

Hooly mooo! Thank you everyone, I am humbled to place so highly amongst such a marvelously gifted group - I got lucky :) Extreme thank you to Han (21_F.gif biteme), I never would have taken this photo had it not been for you.

Setup / outtake info

=== Pre-challenge Info Below ===
green light from directly behind dandy
raw open, change green light to cyanish
SS (<-- smart sharpen)
resize
SS
brightness/contrast
clone out some distracting spots
1 px border (useless yes, but larger border didn't fit into what I wound up with)

--- The Dandelion ---
Latin name: Taraxacum officinale
Other names: Blowball, Cankerwort, Lion's Tooth, Priest's Crown, Swine's Snout, Wild Endive

A Remedy For

* Appetite loss
* Indigestion
* Kidney and bladder stones
* Liver and gallbladder problems
* Urinary tract infections

In folk medicine, Dandelion is also used as a remedy for hemorrhoids, gout, rheumatism, eczema, other skin conditions, and diabetes. Its effectiveness for these problems has not, however, been verified.
In Asian medicine--again without verification--Dandelion is used to treat chronic ulcers, stiff joints, and tuberculosis. It is also used to induce milk production in nursing mothers and to soothe inflamed breast tissue.

What It Is; Why It Works
The stubborn and ubiquitous Dandelion has been used for medicinal purposes since the 10th century. It shows proven value as a diuretic, flushing excess water from the body. It also promotes the flow of bile and stimulates the appetite. Dandelion juice once enjoyed considerable popularity as a diuretic, laxative, and remedy for rheumatism.
Dandelion takes its name from the French "dent de lion," or "lion's tooth"--a reference to the toothed edges of its leaves. The entire plant is considered medicinal.

Avoid If...
Do not use Dandelion if you have an obstruction of the bowels or the bile duct. Check with your doctor before using Dandelion if you have any type of gallbladder problem.

Special Cautions
Chances of any sort of allergic reaction are remote, but Dandelion has been known to cause heartburn.

Possible Drug Interactions
No drug interactions have been reported.

Special Information If You Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding
No information is available.

How to Prepare
To make a tea, pour 1 cup of rapidly boiling water over 1 tablespoonful of finely cut Dandelion, steep for 15 minutes, and strain.

Typical Dosage
Tincture: 10 to 15 drops 3 times daily
Tea: 1 freshly made cup 2 times daily, morning and evening
Strengths of commercial preparations may vary. Follow the manufacturer's labeling whenever available.
Store away from light and moisture.

Overdosage
No information is available.
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Thank you for shopping JPmart

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 238
Avg (all users): 7.2863
Avg (commenters): 8.7241
Avg (participants): 6.9750
Avg (non-participants): 7.4231
Views since voting: 22810
Views during voting: 494
Votes: 262
Comments: 92
Favorites: 67 (view)


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07/13/2006 10:00:20 PM
Just stumbled by this shot...awesome congrats on the ribbon love the colours!
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06/13/2006 02:52:52 PM
This image takes my breath away. well done.
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06/12/2006 03:28:36 PM
Mr Alvin J Fresco...nicely done. Congrats on a fantastic shot.
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06/11/2006 11:56:17 PM
This picture is awesome!!! Congrats on a well deserved ribbon!!! :D
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06/11/2006 04:09:56 PM
Congrats JP! A little jewel! :)
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06/10/2006 11:31:28 AM
Beautiful shot!! Congrats!!
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06/09/2006 09:59:56 PM
Awesome details, I enjoy the tones. Very well done, worthy of a ribbon!
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06/09/2006 08:11:56 PM
I think this photo is amazing!!!!!
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06/09/2006 10:36:07 AM
wow! What a nice idea on a often photographed subject
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06/09/2006 02:12:14 AM
not bad
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06/09/2006 02:11:27 AM
I didn't have time to vote this week, but had I had time, this would most certainly been one of my top shots. Maybe one of the best I've seen here yet. Excellent work and congrats on the ribbon! It's much deserved.
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06/08/2006 08:15:00 PM
JP You da man!!! Way to go indeed! 'Bout time you joined the ribbon club! :D
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06/08/2006 01:30:09 AM
WOOT!!! Grats on the ribbon. Great shot :)
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06/07/2006 11:15:52 PM
Congradulations. (smiles)
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06/07/2006 09:59:57 PM
Congratulations on your very first (of many) ribbons! Perfect entry for the challenge.
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06/07/2006 09:00:18 PM
Wow! I loved this when I saw it! Congrats on the ribbon JP!!
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06/07/2006 06:52:11 PM
MY GAWD! JP got his ribbon! Break out the champagne! WTG bruddah!
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06/07/2006 05:42:26 PM
JP ROxorz!!! Sweet shot dude. Hola from Montana :-)
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06/07/2006 04:17:26 PM
One of my two favs for this challenge.
Our country is now slowly flooding btw, with our tears. :)

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06/07/2006 04:08:00 PM
'twas my first choice, congrats
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06/07/2006 03:27:48 PM
Leaves make a great salad too.
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06/07/2006 02:34:00 PM
WOOT! This rocks! Love the colors. Congrats!
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06/07/2006 12:20:29 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon. Great shot!
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06/07/2006 11:44:25 AM
Ultra-cool. Great choice on the blue-green tint, really highlights the detail against the black background.
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06/07/2006 10:46:34 AM
WOO-HOO JP!!! The dandelion made it to the top! HAHA Congratulations on your ribbon. Great shot. :-)
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06/07/2006 10:25:08 AM
Congratulations,well deserved!
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06/07/2006 10:16:45 AM
Wow, sorry I did not vote on this shot - it is lovely.
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06/07/2006 09:56:30 AM
Yay JP, Congrats on your first and well deserved ribbon!! (it feels good doesn't it!?) This is quite a beautiful photo.
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06/07/2006 09:32:31 AM
congrats man!

You weren't bluffing. I was :P
Told you in the very beginning I had a bad score, and thought you were gonna win this H2H.

PM me with the punishments :P
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06/07/2006 09:05:52 AM
Congratulations!
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06/07/2006 08:15:02 AM
Who would have thunk it. Of all your beautiful shots, the dandelion takes the ribbon. Great image - you have elevated the mere dandelion to art. Congrats and well deserved. :)
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06/07/2006 07:50:26 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon!!!! YAY!! LOL at the extensive dandelion info. There's also another name for it in these parts...."Piss-a-Bed". It somes from the French word for dandelion which is "pisenlit" (literally translated, pissing in bed).
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06/07/2006 07:48:07 AM
OMG!! You nailed it! Fabulous pic my friend. I'm so proud of you!!
You found the recipe.
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06/07/2006 07:29:21 AM
Congrats on a fine pic and your first ribbon!
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06/07/2006 06:54:13 AM
way to go JP! excellent job on this and a well deserved ribbon for you. Huge Congrats!
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06/07/2006 06:45:04 AM
Congrats on the ribbon JP! Well deserved! :)
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06/07/2006 04:21:16 AM
Wow...very beautiful.
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06/07/2006 03:05:09 AM
I overdosed on dandelion once. Curse the lack of information! LOL

Great job, great finish! *confetti, streamers, etc.* Really well done.
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06/07/2006 02:27:48 AM
Amazing shot. Congrats on your well deserved red ribbon.
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06/07/2006 02:07:14 AM
LOL on your write up - good job on the pic! So this is technically two...scratch that...three (forgot about Sherwins) flowers on the main page! Proves flowers dont have to be boring! Guess you won the head to head competition with all of The Netherlands also!
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06/07/2006 01:13:02 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon, JP! Great shot. I thought you were bluffing, but obviously you weren't.

I also have to congratulate you for beating us, the Dutch mutsen:

Gefeliciteerd!

;)

Message edited by author 2006-06-07 01:13:16.
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06/07/2006 01:10:52 AM
wow, great shot jp! off to find some dandelions, (not sure if my
appetite needs stimulation tho):O
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06/07/2006 01:10:36 AM
HOLY COW!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Hey fresco! Congratulations on an awesome shot and on your first ribbon!! I didn't vote in this one. You rock!
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06/07/2006 12:57:11 AM
What a gorgeous picture!
I'm speechless.
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06/07/2006 12:40:22 AM
I didn't vote in this challenge, but that's a cool looking shot, even on this badly calibrated school monitor. Congratulations on for Ribboning with it.
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06/07/2006 12:38:46 AM
I loved this imagem and so proud of you for winning your "first" ribbonm which is so richly deserved.....
Way to go "Alfresco".....You rock.....
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06/07/2006 12:38:13 AM
An 11 for your comments! Worth the read. Well done.
Oh - and BTW, the photo is really good too.
Well deserved!
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06/07/2006 12:32:59 AM
Well done! Congrats!
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06/07/2006 12:30:20 AM
Hey JP, congrats on your first ribbon! Beautiful shot, well earned!
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06/07/2006 12:26:30 AM
Well now who is the toast of the town? Great shot, JP! Big congrats on your ribbon!
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06/07/2006 12:25:55 AM
Fantastic shot! Well done and congrats on the ribbon.
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06/07/2006 12:22:02 AM
DUDE!!!!! Way to go.
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06/07/2006 12:14:46 AM
Great picture and a homeopathic bonus to boot. Congrats
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06/07/2006 12:13:07 AM
Gotta love the dandylion, nice one. Congratulations.
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06/07/2006 12:13:04 AM
Congrats on the Red! This was my favorite shot of the challenge.
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06/07/2006 12:13:00 AM
JP!!!!! Sahweeeeeetttt! Congrats on your very first ribbon! Long time coming dude!
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06/07/2006 12:12:16 AM
Yay!!! Congrats on the Red!!! I really liked this image ;)
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06/07/2006 12:12:06 AM
Congrats
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06/07/2006 12:11:40 AM
WHOO HOO !!!! Congrats on the ribbon and beating the muts!!
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06/07/2006 12:09:57 AM
Told ya to bet the house.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2006 09:51:32 PM
This would have been even stronger in a longer format (take the photo from a little farther back and then crop), but the lighting effect is very very good.
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06/06/2006 08:31:22 PM
Fantastic lighting - love this picture.
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06/06/2006 06:27:47 PM
What the heck? How did you get this cool looking shot? Please let us know.
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06/06/2006 04:58:26 PM
this is quite a unique "flower" shot. i'm assuming the dandelion is back lit. i like the effect it creates and the focus seems good, too. crop might be a bit too tight. 7.
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06/06/2006 04:30:20 AM
wow.... almost from another world. beautiful!
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06/06/2006 01:26:36 AM
great focus and color tones..
another 10 for sure..
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06/06/2006 01:10:55 AM
Very nice image. Nice effect, well lit. I also like the use of complete darkness to emphasize the focal point.
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06/05/2006 03:35:35 PM
A very creative look at a dandelion. Alomosy electrical.
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06/05/2006 01:47:55 PM
Excellent shot, love the use of colour, makes the dandelion look like a neon light!
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06/05/2006 08:17:16 AM
wow ! light is fabulous and make this shot hypnotic !
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06/05/2006 04:51:40 AM
excellent, hope you do well with this...8
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06/04/2006 10:18:56 PM
Nice colors, comp and tones, lighting is perfect for the theme.
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06/04/2006 08:22:12 PM
Outstanding :-)
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06/03/2006 11:39:31 PM
Breathtaking..... I love it.....
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06/03/2006 04:23:14 PM
Different and well thought out....9
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06/03/2006 03:10:36 PM
Nice and different than the usual.
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06/03/2006 01:16:54 PM
This is a beautiful picture! Excellent focus, and the lighting effect is spectacular
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06/02/2006 08:43:43 PM
Nice detail.
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06/02/2006 01:10:26 PM
This is just toooooo awesome. There isn't anything to critique, really. I love the lighting, of course. And I like how the top part of the stem is illuminated. I hope a ribbon is coming your way! 10
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06/01/2006 09:48:52 PM
Very cool!
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06/01/2006 01:41:21 PM
beautiful. I like the angle it is taken from too
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06/01/2006 12:58:54 PM
wonderful!
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05/31/2006 10:06:48 PM
Congrats on your ribbon.
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05/31/2006 07:12:56 PM
Nice colour. Pleasing rendition.
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05/31/2006 07:07:24 PM
this is just lovely.
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05/31/2006 03:41:27 PM
one of my top picks
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05/31/2006 02:30:45 PM
A very creative idea. Composition and other technical aspects seem spot on to me. One of only a handful of 10s I've given for this challenge. A job well done :)
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05/31/2006 12:46:40 PM
very nice
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05/31/2006 11:46:07 AM
Good lightning on the "flower"... well done.
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05/31/2006 11:27:25 AM
I like this shot a lot...Never thought I could like a dandelion!
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05/31/2006 09:41:14 AM
i like this one a lot great job!
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05/31/2006 03:48:24 AM
Tack sharp focus and nicely composed. Good use of light...love the way it comes through this
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