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A Twist of Green and a Spot of Red
2nd PlaceA Twist of Green and a Spot of Red
Falc


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Minimalism (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Location: Garden, Sheffield, UK
Date: Apr 22, 2005
Aperture: f16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 21, 2005

Spiral reed from garden pond. Set on a table outdoors with copper beech hedge as background.
Canon 10D with Canon 100mm f2.8 macro and 550EX speedlight. One of 206 attempts ;-)

Editing:
Process Raw file using Rawshooter +0.37 exposure stops, +13 shadow contrast, +20 highlight contrast

PS Work:
Brightness and Contrast plus Levels and Hue/Sat to lose the background and bring out the reed and ladybird.
Sharpenned

Couldn't lose the background beech hedge altogether, but it will do.

File Name
CRW_5160.CRW
Camera Model Name
Canon EOS 10D
Shooting Date/Time
22/04/2005 10:10:18
Shooting Mode
Manual
Tv( Shutter Speed )
1/30
Av( Aperture Value )
16
Metering Mode
Center-weighted averaging
ISO Speed
100
Lens
100.0mm
Focal Length
100.0mm
Image Size
3072x2048
Image Quality
RAW
Flash
On
Flash Type
External E-TTL
Flash Exposure Compensation
-1/2
Red-eye Reduction
On
Shutter curtain sync
1st-curtain sync
White Balance
Auto
AF Mode
Manual Focus
Parameters
Contrast Normal
Sharpness Normal
Color saturation Normal
Color tone Normal
Color Space
Adobe RGB
File Size
4748KB

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 492
Avg (all users): 7.4908
Avg (commenters): 8.1905
Avg (participants): 7.3561
Avg (non-participants): 7.6477
Views since voting: 12675
Views during voting: 615
Votes: 381
Comments: 127
Favorites: 40 (view)


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AuthorThread
05/05/2005 09:46:48 PM
now that, is beauty.

absolutely gorgeous. i love this.
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05/05/2005 11:08:39 AM
Fantastic!
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05/05/2005 05:47:55 AM
well done with this image congrats on your ribbon
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05/05/2005 12:24:59 AM
Wonderful image, really eye catching in detail. Congratulations on your win!
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05/04/2005 10:52:36 PM
my winner for the challenge ! I love it, well done !
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05/04/2005 08:53:13 PM
Congratulations on a wonderful shot!
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05/04/2005 05:59:38 PM
Great job and congrats on the ribbon!
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05/04/2005 05:14:19 PM
Congratulations on you Ribbon!! One of my favorites in this challenge. Great idea and subject beautifully composed.
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05/04/2005 04:35:27 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon, Falc. As per my original comment, this is a beautiful image and certainly deserves the recognition!
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05/04/2005 04:05:00 PM
Great shot Keith! Congrats on the ribbon.
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05/04/2005 03:32:12 PM
Great shot. I love the shape of the plant he/she is walking down; it adds so much to the image.
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05/04/2005 01:58:56 PM
woohoo, i put this when voting...
wow this is lovely. I love the whole composition, and colours and it's interesting...a 10 from me, and think this could get a ribbon.well done. Just had to add it to my favourites.

I guessed right for a change, well done it was my favourite.So congrats on the ribbon, well done
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05/04/2005 11:42:27 AM
So lovely and elegant! Congratulations on your ribbon!
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05/04/2005 10:05:21 AM
Love it!! Congrats!!
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05/04/2005 10:04:53 AM
I'm so glad this won a ribbon! It is such an awesome photo!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
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05/04/2005 08:13:31 AM
great job
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05/04/2005 07:42:43 AM
Congrats on the Red! Well done!
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05/04/2005 07:35:22 AM
Very nice concept for the challenge. Congrats on your red.
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05/04/2005 06:58:44 AM
Congratulations!!
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05/04/2005 06:15:26 AM
Many thanks for all the comments, I've never had so many ;-)
A lot of you didn't like the red spot, and to be honest neither do I, but the basic edit rules prohibit spot editting. I tried to lose as much as possible through careful curves manipulation, but couldn't get rid of the brightest without destroying the main subjects.

In my notes you will see that this was one of 206 attempts. I had 5 different ladybirds and 3 different reed stems in all sorts of configurations. The hardest part however was getting the ladybird into the right place, I used a soft artists brush to coax her into place. Several didn't like the idea and refused to sign the model release and just flew off ;-)

I would just like to thank all the DPC community for voting for me and congratulate keegbow and bear_music for the excellent entris and ribbons.

Falc
05/04/2005 05:07:32 AM
Awesome picture, well done !!! Congratulations !
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05/04/2005 04:54:19 AM
A great technical shot which is also so pleasing on the eye. Well done.
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05/04/2005 03:28:21 AM
Well done, great image deserved a ribbon!
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05/04/2005 01:41:52 AM
Well done Keith, a great image,

Paul.
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05/04/2005 01:12:01 AM
This is just my favorite. Love the colors and it's just so cute!! :) Congratulations!
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05/04/2005 01:00:56 AM
Awesome photo. Amazing Contrast. Keep up the excellent work
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05/04/2005 12:54:28 AM
Congrats!

This was my fav. in this challenge.. Truly amazing capture.. detail, light, comp, you got it all right on spot, plus it is very original. Good Job.
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05/04/2005 12:43:39 AM
Very delicate and yet playful. Nicely composed and presented. Congratulations.
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05/04/2005 12:37:36 AM
very beautiful feel to it. Congrats to you!
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05/04/2005 12:25:29 AM
Way to go Keith! Fine finish for a fine shot, certainly the most graceful of the submissions.
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05/04/2005 12:13:07 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, Keith!
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05/04/2005 12:11:08 AM
Super photo and terrific contrast -- minimal though it may be! ;o)
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05/04/2005 12:08:44 AM
Way to go. What a beauty of an image with such strong composition. A haunting rendition of these color opposites, that is in the subtractic system. Congratulations on your red.
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05/04/2005 12:07:07 AM
congrats on the red!
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05/04/2005 12:05:31 AM
Awesome Awesome! I didn't vote but would have given you a 10. Congrats!
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05/04/2005 12:04:37 AM
Congrat's on the ribbon a simply beautiful photograph.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/03/2005 08:03:08 PM
Love the bright colors of the leaf and the bug.
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05/03/2005 01:41:54 PM
I really like this a lot. I don't like the reddish spots. 8
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05/03/2005 12:48:17 PM
Beautiful
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05/03/2005 12:04:39 AM
great line and colors
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05/02/2005 10:46:45 AM
a very elegant and simple shot
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05/02/2005 08:58:20 AM
and a couple orange spots that are distracting
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05/02/2005 02:26:57 AM
Great color, had to come back and bump it up another notch 10
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05/02/2005 01:58:01 AM
great detail
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05/01/2005 11:41:12 PM
ooooh aaaaaah! super nice. highlights are a tad blown out. Top 20?
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05/01/2005 07:35:18 PM
Wonderful..composition , DOF...you have successfully created a really dynamic shot out of something simple. Well done.
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05/01/2005 06:35:05 PM
This ought to be a top ten--at least! I love the path in the image, the lovely color on the ladybug, very crisp. (Though I wonder if it might appear too crisp, or oversharp.) Excellently seen!
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05/01/2005 06:27:52 PM
I like this one, the subject is sharp and a very good black background.
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05/01/2005 05:21:23 PM
Like this one. Great use of line.
Second Pass: Bumping up....this is just too NEAT!
Third Pass: Bumping up AGAIN. I want this on my wall.
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05/01/2005 04:29:19 PM
This is my favorite to win. Nice, sparse and clear in its message and in execution.
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05/01/2005 03:22:27 PM
Wow! This is beautiful! The curvey stem by itself would be good, but the addition of the ladybug makes it interesting. I like it. ~8
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05/01/2005 02:57:07 PM
slightly more and higher quality detail would have really made this shot... but still very good as it is. 9
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05/01/2005 01:07:25 PM
Commenting so I can keep track of my "Top 5" picks. Good luck in the challenge!
05/01/2005 07:29:52 AM
Excellent focus, but not so sure on the background - IMO just a tad too dark 8
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05/01/2005 12:49:14 AM
This is really great composition, and is so visually interesting to look at. Good job!
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04/30/2005 11:11:58 PM
I predict a ribbon for this one.
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04/30/2005 08:33:02 PM
Perfect! Beautiful composition contrast lighing color clarity and background.
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04/30/2005 07:21:20 PM
Love the min of color! Realy stands out! 10
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04/30/2005 07:00:48 PM
I like this shot. The wavy green line and the red and black spots on the ladybug really add to this picture. 8
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04/30/2005 04:26:09 PM
This is a beautiful image, don't know though about the red dot on the upper left, intentional? Maybe a reflection
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04/30/2005 03:54:47 PM
What a great photograph! So simple but so different! 10
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04/30/2005 02:14:57 PM
Great composition, S-curve and lighting.
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04/30/2005 01:22:28 PM
nice picture, i like how the plant twists across the photo so perfectly, and the bug is perfectly placed... wow
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04/30/2005 12:43:25 PM
great use of space
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04/30/2005 11:02:12 AM
Perfect!
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04/30/2005 10:37:15 AM
I love the vivid colors here
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04/30/2005 07:14:59 AM
Sweet! Would be better with a completely black background. (thought those were smudges on my screen for a second.) :) 7
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04/30/2005 01:58:39 AM
I really like this one, really causes your eye to focus on the ladybug. excellent work
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04/30/2005 12:58:37 AM
Excellent colors. Nice sharp details, clean processing. Very interesting composition and fits challenge well. 8
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04/29/2005 11:00:20 PM
Excellent colors. This definitely fits the challenge. Too bad you weren't allowed to spot edit... Good job.
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04/29/2005 10:38:29 PM
certailny a standout in this challenge ... great pairing of the beautiful natural spiral of veg with lovable wee lady bug. xmas color combo against the black background completes the high appeal.
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04/29/2005 10:05:18 PM
I love the fact that the subject is entirely in focus and no part of the green stem blurs out.
the focus enables my eye to travel up and down the spiral stem comfortably.
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04/29/2005 08:56:58 PM
great colour contrast
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04/29/2005 07:26:22 PM
Very very neat. I like the reflected light on the stem and ladybug. Very interesting composition. The only thing keeping this from a 10 is the red spot at the top left (yeah, I'm being picky.)
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04/29/2005 06:55:50 PM
This is the best picture I have seen in this competition so far. How the straw (?) leads to the insect. The dark background is good and makes the picture more alive since you aren't making it totally black. I like that. Well done!
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04/29/2005 06:42:58 PM
Like how something is there top to bottom.
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04/29/2005 02:39:24 PM
Very nice and very cooperative lady bug
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04/29/2005 02:36:55 PM
Very striking composition - the shape of that spiral within the frame, punctuated so perfectly by the ladybird, is wonderful and the utterly black background emphasises it very well. The strong lighting also lends to the confident and upbeat feeling of this image. I'm not sure what the red blob to upper left is but I think it would be better cloned out. The only downside are the jaggies along the edge of the green which are presumably compression artifacts and not present in the full-sized original file?
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04/29/2005 11:06:44 AM
very nice, I love the twisted grass or whatever that is.
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04/29/2005 10:21:54 AM
interesting use of theme, great lines, whites barely in, blacks good, great color, nice lighting
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04/29/2005 08:15:05 AM
BRIALLIANT.... defintaely blue ribbon stuff.... congrats and very well done....!!!! 10
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04/29/2005 05:46:58 AM
nice photo. 8
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04/29/2005 02:24:58 AM
wow, stunning! 9
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04/29/2005 01:14:51 AM
one of my favorites in this challenge. the reflections/blotches in the upper part of the picture are distracting. but i'll still give you a 10 for compostition, color, theme appropriateness.
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04/28/2005 11:54:41 PM
Execellent Job in both meeting the challenge. The composition is great. Good job and good luck. 10
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04/28/2005 11:47:31 PM
too bad you caught a little lens flare in the upper left corner. Focus also seems to be a little off on the lady bug, but maybe some detail was just lost in down sizing.
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04/28/2005 08:56:22 PM
curves and color! You can't beat that combination! Great shot..8
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04/28/2005 07:37:20 PM
This is my choice for the blue ribbon. Great job.
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04/28/2005 06:14:42 PM
very beautiful!!
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04/28/2005 03:21:50 PM
I love this shot. It's a wonderful example of use of negative space yet still has a very engaging use of the space and of course a solid composition. 9
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04/28/2005 03:00:18 PM
Challenge: 7
Technical: 8
Interesting: 9
Overall: 8

Very nice. Something I would hang on my wall.
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04/28/2005 02:39:21 PM
cool !!
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04/28/2005 02:36:50 PM
really nice shot. 8
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04/28/2005 02:08:56 PM
Beautiful!
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04/28/2005 10:44:18 AM
Nice capture, not sure which subject graps my focus though, the plant or the ladybird??
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04/28/2005 10:44:01 AM
It's a nice pic except for the red dots at the top of the pic.
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04/28/2005 09:47:02 AM
Very nice composition and sharpness, spot on with just about everything but too bad about the flare up in the left and right corner of the shot, I know this is with the basic editing rules so nothing you could have done about it but use a lens hood (or something else to block out the flare) but the fact is that the flare is there and it hurts the image Still pretty good and better than most images in the challenge.
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04/28/2005 07:35:45 AM
could easily win a ribbon? nice sharp focusing.great framing. this is one of my top scores for the challenge.
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04/28/2005 05:43:12 AM
Simple, in focus, great colors and not a flat background. I have the same plant but its still brown. and no ladybugs. sigh... The ladybug looks slightly over saturated but the lighting makes up for it. One of the top images in the challenge for me. 10 Good luck!
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04/28/2005 01:36:06 AM
A fun picture. The hot spot upper left is very distracting to me, but I love the curve and the color.
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04/27/2005 10:49:50 PM
This image is simply adorable and executed with good technique. Bumping up.
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04/27/2005 10:48:14 PM
I love everything about this image except the two red reflections on the black background
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04/27/2005 10:41:52 PM
Very nicely captured -- a little over saturated I think.
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04/27/2005 10:38:12 PM
Commenting only. I love this picture. Wonderful. Hope you win.
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04/27/2005 08:26:06 PM
This is quite interesting! Nice how you got the background so dark.
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04/27/2005 07:42:03 PM
i like the highlights & the crop
not so happy with the spot in the upper left
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04/27/2005 07:24:33 PM
There is a red spot upper left.... without this spot, BEAUTIFUL! Nicely executed.
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04/27/2005 06:26:32 PM
Beautifully well lit, and nice rich colors. I love the line the curly branch makes. Nice composition, and fits challenge superbly.
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04/27/2005 05:13:42 PM
/Awesome. Very crisp and stark against the black background.
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04/27/2005 04:25:21 PM
Amazing colours and contrasts
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04/27/2005 02:08:42 PM
Wonderful lighting and composition gives this image a playful or lyrical quality for me.
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04/27/2005 12:17:56 PM
Lovely composition and fantasic colour contrast 10
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04/27/2005 11:30:13 AM
This is so pretty and elegant...the only thing I think may distract me is the blurry red spot in the upper left hand corner...is that that spot of red spoken about in the title?...or is it the ladybug? The light is very nice, I love the highlights on the green.
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04/27/2005 11:26:01 AM
Great! 8
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04/27/2005 11:04:03 AM
Very nice, the idea here is great. 8
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04/27/2005 08:33:20 AM
wow this is lovely. I love the whole composition, and colours and it's interesting...a 10 from me, and think this could get a ribbon.well done. Just had to add it to my favourites.
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04/27/2005 08:27:43 AM
Very Nice! <7>
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04/27/2005 08:08:37 AM
I love it!
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04/27/2005 06:11:35 AM
wow! I rated this a 9. Would have been a 10 if not for that red spot on the left.
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04/27/2005 05:31:54 AM
Excellent
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04/27/2005 04:59:49 AM
great shot
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04/27/2005 02:44:53 AM
wonderful one of the best so far
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04/27/2005 02:18:28 AM
wow, beautiful and original.
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04/27/2005 01:53:48 AM
Nice picture!
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04/27/2005 01:25:09 AM
Very cool shot! I think it works very well for this challenge. Good luck!
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04/27/2005 12:28:02 AM
Very nice. I like how the green and red colors stand out. The spots in the background a little distracting. Too bad those couldn't have been edited out. Good job!
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