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Challenge: Free Study VIII (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Costa Rica
Date: Apr 3, 2005
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 7, 2005


Place: 324 out of 507
Avg (all users): 5.2603
Avg (commenters): 5.6364
Avg (participants): 5.1895
Avg (non-participants): 5.5192
Views since voting: 940
Views during voting: 307
Votes: 242
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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10/08/2005 11:15:27 PM
Again, wonderful use of dof, but I agree with many of the comments that composition change could make a bigger impact. I would really crop in closer and lose most of the green. I'd work with a little bit of dodging and burning to highlight the center of the flower even more, and sharpen it up as much as you can without losing quality. A great bloom to work with, and even as is, I think it's above average.
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04/26/2005 09:06:03 PM
I remember this photo and rated it high for being unique, among flower macros. I thought you had to use manual focus in order grab the stamens and not the petals. DPC generally isn't a good environment for macros, pets, or your children. Perhaps they are too easy, and voters perceive a lack of effort. Unless of course, that is what the challenge calls for.

You are getting better. You have graduated from the 4's to the 5's, and you'll continue into the 6's depending on your rate of learning and desire. Don't forget to photograph the stuff you like also. The challenges will make you stretch and learn by forcing you out of your comfort zone.

The excruciating part is after having reached a particular level, you'll still make a mistake and enter a photo you shouldn't have. Not a bad photo, just one you shouldn't have submitted. That has happened to me time, and time again, but I'm learning and making fewer of those mistakes.
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04/26/2005 06:18:46 PM
I think your subject(the infocus part) is a little small and centered. I think a differant composition would have more pazazz. However I do like the way you have hidden the sharp-to-blurry line.

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04/26/2005 06:12:06 PM
Ah yes, I noticed this photo during the challenge, as I've taken photos of these plants before, and saw your cry for help in the forum. The colours are gorgeous, and are the strong point of the photo. Composition is the weak point however, it looks like you wanted the stem to be in the centre of the shot, and it isn't dead centre. Centre isn't usually a good place though unless you have a really good reason for it, and here it looks unimaginative. Compositionally, the rest of the photo is a bit of a mess and the shapes of the red leaves in the background let the shot down. The dof is great, although the stem could be sharper. The quality of the bokeh looks rather odd towards the bottom of the frame.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/25/2005 01:07:34 PM
Wow very bright and vibrant.8
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04/25/2005 01:47:04 AM
Very good DOF. Interesting take on a flower photo, nice fresh look.
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04/25/2005 01:07:32 AM
needs more DOF
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04/25/2005 12:23:51 AM
Great short depth of focus...this is special
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04/24/2005 01:15:01 PM
strange take. I like it. perphaps a little over saturated, but I love the new take on a flowe pic.
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04/24/2005 02:19:00 AM
light spots under flower tend to be distracting. More depth of field would help. great fucus on polen
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04/23/2005 12:22:24 PM
focus is too soft for my taste
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04/22/2005 07:00:59 PM
Great depth of field effect - though perhaps, given your title, you might have wanted to deepen it a touch to include those bits that actually are up? I think they pull the attention from the fabulous detail of the pollen bits. Excellent combination of the abstract in the bokeh and the perfect in the detail.
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04/22/2005 06:12:54 PM
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04/21/2005 10:00:22 PM
04/20/2005 11:54:26 PM
lovely colours in this almost abstact flower I love it
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04/19/2005 02:59:20 AM
not for me thanks.

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