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Challenge: Clichés (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: Indoors
Date: Jan 30, 2003
Aperture: f/25
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Feb 1, 2003

Just happened to have bought myself some flowers so set this up in kitchen with black background

Place: 96 out of 246
Avg (all users): 5.5876
Avg (commenters): 5.7778
Avg (participants): 5.5455
Avg (non-participants): 5.6575
Views since voting: 627
Votes: 194
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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02/12/2003 06:23:53 PM
Hello! *sigh* this is just so cliche ;P Nice work!
Technically, this is good. As was mentioned, the composition/cropping could be a little better. I would crop some of the black off the top if nothing else. Having it centered doesn't bother me all that much though since it is such a symmetric flower. The focus looks good to me and you've avoided noise which is really good at iso200 with all that black.
As for the black background... I'm not really sure if it was the best choice or not. I do like how it draws out the black in the center of the flower. It just gives the shot a completely different feel than perhaps a light, pastel bg would. It makes the color really jump out. I think that the lighting probably contributes, and I'm not sure if you did any saturation changes or not. This color is just almost too bold IMO. I'd rather see a lighter background because it would make the flower seem softer and not so "in your face". Of course it's just a difference in taste rather than a right/wrong issue.
This reminds me of some poster-sized pop art that I've seen. It's really very simple and straightforward - emphasizing simple shapes and bold color. In that sense it is a strong, successful image. I personally just like flower shots that are a little softer and more complex - maybe showing more negative space or a vase or another flower or an angle that isn't straight on. However, this pictures reminds me a lot of the third place rose shot so it obviously has its own appeal. Even the close crop on the bottom is the same.
All in all, it's a good picture that I really can't find fault with. This was just a very competitive challenge in general and especially for flower shots.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/09/2003 11:17:17 PM
Different composition. Good lighting and capture of detail. Well done.
02/08/2003 11:54:13 AM
cropping is just a bit off jgillard6
02/06/2003 08:53:58 PM
The lighting is very well balanced - good work. Focus is also good. Your framing is quite different from what I might have done, but it is interesting nonetheless. I like the way the background ties in with the centre of the flower.
02/06/2003 04:49:54 PM
Good color but not enough detail.
02/06/2003 09:35:21 AM
nice shot
02/05/2003 08:37:48 PM
excellent in every way except for composition. should not be centered perfectly in the frame - this is too static. better slightly offcenter, a little more negative space on a side but less up above (show more stem)
02/05/2003 06:44:28 PM
Good job. The colors look very vibrant and clear. Good focus as well.
02/04/2003 12:11:59 PM
Seems like this shot could benefit from a a brighter light sourche, or could be brightened up on PSP or PS. Nice sharpness. Jacko.
02/03/2003 03:27:08 AM
It looks like it would really make sense to crop this differently.
02/03/2003 01:52:36 AM
The flower looks beautiful against the black background. The macro and focus are both good. Lovely colors from the black centre to the green, orange and all the way out to the yellow and the green stem

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