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Challenge: Silky-Smooth (Basic Editing)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Location: My living room
Date: May 12, 2007
Aperture: f3.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: May 14, 2007

this little flower was growing from a spider plant I have had for some time. It's actual size is about 1/2 inch.
The photo was taken in the natural light from the window.

Statistics
Place: 58 out of 144
Avg (all users): 5.5240
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.1379
Avg (non-participants): 5.6291
Views since voting: 731
Views during voting: 371
Votes: 271
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0


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05/25/2007 03:33:32 PM
Positives:
This is your highest score for an image submitted in a DPC challenge and you should be pleased with it. You captured a nice floral and its technicals are generally good.

Technicals:
This is "silky smooth" because the noise reduction you applied contributed to it and you did not overdo it. Sharpness is fine and not overdone. It is easy to oversharpen images. I know, I do it all the time. LOL!!!

The image is on the low contrast side. It looks a bit flat. Composition is OK but not spectacular. Overall lighting is decent. It does not have overexposed or underexposed areas like we often see in much higher scoring images.

The Challenge:
It meets the challenge though some voters will fault any and all flora images regardless of quality. That is a thought that should be kept in the back of your mind every time when deciding what to photograph should you want a higher score. Not saying not to do it, just saying to keep it in mind. Well done floral images will generally score well despite the prejudice as we see all the time in challenges.

You placed 59/140 so was viewed by DPCers as slightly above average for the challenge. That is not a bad thing.

Suggestions:
Looking at it now I can see a couple other things you might consider for improvement.

If you apply a simple "Auto Contrast" adjustment to this image in post processing it will improve brightness and contrast immediately and give this image more impact.

More advanced concepts such as vignetting and dodge and burn could be used to add more viewer interest to the composition and direct viewers to the areas of the composition where you want them to pay attention.

You might consider a tighter crop on the left, top, and bottom to remove more of the stem of the flower. It would give the flower more image real estate and remove some of the less interesting detail.
05/23/2007 01:08:45 AM
Congratulations on a new personal best score by over 1 full point!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2007 08:34:03 PM
nice image - the line in the background cutting through the center of the subject is a bit distracting, but the excellent idea.
05/19/2007 04:59:24 AM
Seems a wee bit oversharpened to me, nice composition though.
05/18/2007 11:23:54 AM
Very pretty and soft.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/18/2007 07:40:57 AM
Nice composition and color contrasts. A bit on the underexposed side.
05/17/2007 07:58:03 PM
nice use of depth of field. I like the exposure also
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/17/2007 11:35:29 AM
i like how calm the photograph is very still
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/17/2007 11:30:52 AM
Love the depth of field and soft light
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/16/2007 04:55:30 PM
Nice job processing this image! :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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