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Radial Beauty

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Challenge: Symmetry (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: home
Date: Mar 26, 2003
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Mar 28, 2003


Place: 79 out of 226
Avg (all users): 5.5888
Avg (commenters): 6.3750
Avg (participants): 5.4821
Avg (non-participants): 5.7294
Views since voting: 829
Votes: 197
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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04/10/2003 05:18:14 PM
A Comment From The Critique Club

Hi Nancy,

my first impression (maybe contrary to some other people's reaction was "yeeeh, a flower shot". :) I love them, especially if they are done well, like yours is.

For this challenge, the centered placement works really well and focuses the viewer right where he/she needs to be focused. I was very intrigued by the background that you used, those seem to be dried flower petals? Nice idea, and it works here. I like them especially in the top part of the picture where they are just a little blurry and more separated from the main flower, in the foreground everything is in focus (providing less separation between background and subject) and I don't think that could've been avoided unless you reshot this from straight above and really closely controlled your DOF. Might be worth a try if you're in the mood ...

I do like that you managed to get the whole flower in focus, even though I'm surprised that was possible with such a small aperture. Your lighting is also excellent, it is pretty even throughout the photo and there are no visible shadows. The soft, muted colors are nice here, but I suspect that bright and bold colors make for a more instant "wow-effect" to the speed-voter and that might have affected the votes and comments (or lack thereof) you got.

Your post-processing was also good, there are no visible signs of it (always what you want to achieve) and the border goes well with the photo.

I think the voters mostly agree with me in their comments that separating the background a little more from the flower would be an improvement, but that the lighting and detail in the flower is great. I like the shot and look forward to seeing more flowers from you :)

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about this review.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/04/2003 08:38:28 AM
Excellent arrangement, perfect focus and lovely even light. Great stuff. 9 - floyd
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04/04/2003 02:42:29 AM
Beautiful shot, perfect focus and gorgeous background! GL
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04/01/2003 11:07:55 PM
Subtle, soft, nice shot.
04/01/2003 01:56:14 PM
nice clear image, good idea
04/01/2003 11:56:34 AM
Very pretty. Good lighting, but I don't personally care for the background so much.
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03/31/2003 10:01:00 PM
Very beautiful macro shot! Frame accentuates the flower nicely. Would have preferred the background to be either entirely in or entirely out of focus, but overall quite nice.
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03/31/2003 05:09:21 PM
Love the subtle colors here. Well done
03/31/2003 01:32:54 PM
i really like the idea that you used for this image. Good Work
03/31/2003 12:25:55 PM
For this to work better, in my opinion, the angle should have been shot more straight from above rather than the angle shown. Also, background could have been blurred more to keep the symmetry notion.
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03/31/2003 10:51:56 AM
The background helps the flower a lot.

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