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Gerber Daisies
Gerber Daisies

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Black & White II (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Sony DSC-F828
Location: indoors, natural light
Date: Nov 16, 2004
Aperture: f8
ISO: 64
Shutter: 1/4 sec
Galleries: Black and White, Floral
Date Uploaded: Nov 15, 2004

Converted to B&W using channel mixer:
red +10
green +80
blue +10
contrast -4

brightness-contrast adjustment layer: contast +10; brightness +10

reduced size, unsharp mask 80-1-4

Place: 46 out of 636
Avg (all users): 6.1531
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.0981
Avg (non-participants): 6.2796
Views since voting: 2577
Views during voting: 387
Votes: 307
Comments: 18
Favorites: 0

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06/17/2005 01:24:19 PM
The texture of these give this shot so much that you don't miss the color at all. Nice use of contrast and composition!
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01/25/2005 09:33:29 PM
My favorite flower - and I love B/W - so glad to see that you've done them both justice with this shot.
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11/30/2004 06:24:35 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

Initial Thoughts

Very nice.. I'm not a flower lover, but this is nice to look at. Interesting subject for B&W.

Composition / Content

I personally like the composition you have here. It's not very classical, but it works. A strong center of the bottom daisy starts the viewer well, and it's a nice progression into the top flower, with the petals leading. The silky feel of the petals make the content a good choice, as it works extremely well in grey scale.


Your background is sort of your main subject as well. A nice change of pace having the "background" as main focus, and the few parts of a further background we see are nicely OOF, and match the image.

Camera Work - Technical

Very nice exposure, you can almost feel the texture of the flowers. The DOF is great as well, giving a strong focus to the bottom and allowing that to be the strength of the photo, while the soft focus of the top petals give an almost 3D feel.

Digital Processing

One of the better works I've seen using the channel mixer for B&W, although I think it's probably one of the better methods of doing so. You've got a wonderful range of tones, and the sharpening was done beautifully. Only negative thing I could touch on is that some may have pegged you because of a minor amount of noise, but I don't find it hurts the shot at all.

Fits the Challenge

Definitely fits the challenge.

My Opinion on the Photo

This is one of the better floral photos I've seen to date. The B&W was a great choice here, and really helps bring out the satiny feel of the petals. You may have been hit because of a general apathy towards floral shots in challenges these days, but I don't think very many people can fault you technically here. Good job.
11/24/2004 06:40:29 AM
10 from me too. I can't believe this photo is not in the top ten.
Not only is the light,lines and textures great, it can be difficult to express the beauty of flora in b&w.Great dof also.
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11/24/2004 12:08:18 AM
This was a 10 from me!!! Gorgeous and classic, but totally fresh.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/23/2004 10:40:21 PM
Nice Macro. I like the DOF. One of the better entries in this challenge.
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11/21/2004 08:55:50 PM
The overlapped composition is a distraction from an otherwise very nice photo. 5
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11/20/2004 03:12:52 PM
Bumping up.
Composition & tones are superb.
Well Done! ((8))
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11/19/2004 05:34:06 PM
well done.
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11/19/2004 12:59:01 AM
Great and refreshingly different composition.
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11/18/2004 07:39:22 PM
With 640+ pics, I am commenting on VERY few. But this pic deserved a comment. It's gorgeous. Soooo soft and fantastic focus. When the competition is over, please let me know with what lens and camera you took it with. It's simply beautiful.
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11/18/2004 04:52:49 PM
great picture, but wish the whites were a little whiter. still, that seems like a minor detail considering how well everything else was executed - 8.
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11/18/2004 01:34:44 PM
Nice compostition. A nice choice for this challenge. Good job!
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11/17/2004 11:20:09 PM
Excellent composition and great tonality
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11/17/2004 10:02:32 PM
I'm guessing this would look better in color? Great shot though.
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11/17/2004 06:54:22 PM
beautiful work!
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11/17/2004 04:17:57 PM
cliche'? ... yes .... perfectly done? ... also, a big fat yes ... 10

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11/17/2004 02:32:20 PM
interesting angle
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