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Colorful Bloom
Colorful Bloom

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Challenge: Color (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G1
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Date: Apr 1, 2003
Aperture: 2.5
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 1, 2003

My Christmas cactus decided to bloom in April :-)

Place: 37 out of 295
Avg (all users): 6.0748
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.8841
Avg (non-participants): 6.4211
Views since voting: 1006
Votes: 214
Comments: 19
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04/18/2003 06:29:49 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I certainly concur with all of the compliments below!

When I gaze at this image ("look" is too weak a word), I am filled with wonder and awe at the beauty of this flower. You've managed to capture its color, sure, but you've given it depth and context as well. The few hanging leaves in the background do a great job at letting us know in a subtle way that this flower was not taken in a laboratory. Well, maybe it was, I don't know, but it doesn't appear to have been, and that's what's important. The soft blue background really sets off the bright hues of the petals, and the lighting marvelously adds a sense of mystique and specialness to the whole affair. I also enjoy the point of view from the side, as it establishes a kind of "just came upon this" kind of feel.

To improve this shot--does it need improving?--you might try continuing the softly mottled blue background all the way up, though I kind of like the break my eyes get from the top section of the image--those "normal" colors really ground the photo in reality. The blue background does seem to have a sharp angle, though, that is just a bit distracting. The stamens may be sharpened a bit with their natural colors (whites and yellows?) coming through. In essence, the whole image may be so colorful that it needs some blahness and neutral tones to further enhance the striking colors that are present and tone down some of that power.

Well, I'm scraping the bottom of the barrell, now! Keep up the good work! I hope to see your work in the future.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/13/2003 09:55:15 PM
Very pretty. How about a vertical crop with more of the stem. Bud is blured so crop it out. If possible the blue should have been the entire background. Christmas cactus?
04/12/2003 07:08:03 PM
That is awesome!
04/12/2003 11:46:49 AM
This is in every respect a good shot. Nice job.
04/12/2003 10:06:27 AM
Awesome flower photo. Very unique angle. Thirds used well. It's really nicely done
04/11/2003 12:29:50 PM
Damn Damn Damn! I'm not sure how much control you had over this shot, but that flower is PERFECT. I wish the bg was one solid color - a studio shot of some kind - for a flower this beautiful. The colors are amazing and this would truly be one of my faves of the week if the bg wasn't so discombobulated.
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04/11/2003 01:13:52 AM
supposed to be this way or is it upside down? very nice color.
04/09/2003 11:21:21 PM
Yes, perfectly done.
04/09/2003 09:47:44 PM
nice shot but would have been great if you could have changed the angle a bit to get the background all blue and the complete bloom.
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04/09/2003 02:08:25 PM
Beautiful macro photograph. I love the blue background too.
04/09/2003 09:49:52 AM
This is absolutely beautiful! The DOF gives this photo such a soft pastel effect. I hope you do well with this, good luck - Gary.
04/08/2003 09:55:09 PM
I think it could use a bit of light on the bottom. Maybe a reflector under it. I dont like the empty space on the right but I think it makes it more attractive to a buyer that needs space for words. Nice detail, I really like it alot.
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04/08/2003 03:59:50 PM
Very creative and nice colors. Clarity is also very good. Nice job.
04/08/2003 03:05:59 PM
04/08/2003 02:20:29 PM
nice photo. good job.
04/07/2003 09:04:25 PM
I love this...very nice..
04/07/2003 08:00:35 PM
Why is it upside down?
04/07/2003 05:31:13 PM
Excellent colors, I love them!! You should have rotated the pic 180 degrees however, maybe.
04/07/2003 10:19:37 AM
very nice it a good sharp bright image. 8

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