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Nature's Nucleus of Triumph
Nature's Nucleus of Triumph

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Challenge: For Dallas (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Apr 24, 2012
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/50
Date Uploaded: Apr 24, 2012

I'm going at this challenge in a different way than I expect many others to take it. If I were a 5 year old boy, I would really like looking at cool images. I find a macro of a dandelion edited to look like a firework pretty darn cool.

I was disappointed that the sun hid behind the clouds just before I went out. The overcast light was bright, but not dynamic. So I took a small flashlight to point at the subject and brighten it up a bit. This also helped the little water droplets (which I created with a mist bottle) stick out a bit more.

I plan on voting this challenge very highly. Everyone in it deserves high votes for improving the spirits of this little guy. I wonder if others will do the same.

Post processing:
* Crop
* White balance
* Increase exposure and black point
* Decrease brightness
* Decrease contrast
* Increase definition
* Increase saturation while decreasing vibrancy
* Desaturate blues
* Topaz Adjust 5
* Export as TIFF
* Resize
* Sharpen Edges
* Save as JPEG

Place: 68 out of 94
Avg (all users): 5.7080
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.5806
Avg (non-participants): 5.8133
Views since voting: 260
Views during voting: 269
Votes: 137
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/01/2012 09:13:36 PM
Not sure how to vote on this. Great photo- awesome detail, good composition, nice processing etc. - but I'm not sure how much it would speak to a young boy.
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05/01/2012 04:33:36 PM
This was a hard challenge for me to know what to shoot... to make a 5 year old boy I've never met, happy.

I like this for Dallas, but unfortunately, I'm suspecting that it's not as fun as others and you're being judged harshly for that. Comparison voting always happens.

A bit more DOF would have upped the votes a bit, I think... more would be in focus.

(commenting only)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/25/2012 10:34:30 PM
Oh yeah....these are always fun!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/25/2012 01:05:23 AM
Great shot!
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04/25/2012 12:47:56 AM
Kids do enjoy dandelions - hopefully this will make him think of fun times blowing the seeds.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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