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The Tulip
The Tulip
debbybris


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Minimalism (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: at home
Date: Apr 25, 2005
Aperture: 4.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Apr 25, 2005

This was a tulip I just picked from my garden. I placed it onto the sofa against a white wall. The wall isn't flat, so I need to brighten the image to get rid of the notches.
curves
colour balance -83 cyan/red
-70 magenta/green
-74 yellow/blue
cropped the bottom of the image
+ 11 brightness and + 16 contrast.
sharpened and resized to 640 pixels.

Statistics
Place: 110 out of 492
Avg (all users): 5.7254
Avg (commenters): 6.5600
Avg (participants): 5.5054
Avg (non-participants): 5.9813
Views since voting: 961
Views during voting: 488
Votes: 346
Comments: 27
Favorites: 0


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05/10/2005 12:38:16 PM
*Critique Club*

Very simple and minimal. I like the set up very much and think that the background works well to help make this what it is. Having a different background might not have worked as well.
The lighting on the background seems to be ok everywhere except around the flower and then it does seem like it's a bit too bright, almost engulfing the tulip. Otherwise, lighting is very good and no shadows or hot spots.
Focus seems a tad soft, but I'm wondering if that's just because the white of the background is bleeding into the subject in a matter of speaking.
I saw one comment that said that it might have been good for the tulip to be facing the right, and the more I think about that, the more I think it is true. If this were a photo of a person facing the left, it wouldn't work, I wouldn't think, and I think that maybe the same applies here. Have the negative space in front of the subject. While a flower doesn't really have a 'front and back', this one does appear to be 'facing' left.
I like the color and the photo has overall visual appeal. I think it's a great photo for the challenge.
~Heather~
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/03/2005 10:52:46 PM
Hits the minimilist mark, but could use a bit more pop in the color against he white.
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05/03/2005 05:00:32 PM
looks like a paper pad for making notes on, otherwise the negative space doesn't seem to be justified. Maybe if the tulip pointed the other way it would help. The exposure looks good though
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05/02/2005 11:34:27 PM
great framing
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05/01/2005 03:42:04 PM
I think the concept is beautiful, yet the tulip seems almost "too skinny" for it to work. It looks like info was lost around the edges somehow. I also am not particularily fond of the border - I don't think it helps the picture here, because it adds this "roundness" to a picture that is very graphic and "flat" in the best sense.
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04/30/2005 10:47:30 PM
wow, you almost went to minimal for me on this one! Way to meet the challenge. :P

very nice, there's just sooo much space...
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04/30/2005 03:15:45 PM
Very nice take on the challenge.
I am not too fond of the border, but other then that it's a lovely shot.
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04/30/2005 11:39:05 AM
Like it. Could you have something with the white? Seems like isolation to me.
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04/30/2005 11:37:28 AM
i feel like a very good execution of the theme, nice job
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04/29/2005 09:53:59 PM
Every time I look at this , I bump it up a point. This is very clean and simple in its lines. A very serene photgraph - almost zen. I think the border helps put the focus onto the flower, and I really like the fact that the background is not all stark white.
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04/29/2005 06:56:57 PM
This is nice, it is like the tulip is dancing! But I would like to see the tulip itself more clearly it is a bit unsharp and makes the picture not as good as it could be based on your good idea.
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04/29/2005 06:44:14 PM
I love it. 9
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04/29/2005 05:36:32 PM
Nice composition
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04/28/2005 08:00:24 PM
Very minimal. I like the fine lines.
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04/28/2005 12:13:19 PM
I really like this one. good job
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04/28/2005 09:50:46 AM
would like more if tulip had bloomed
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04/28/2005 04:07:38 AM
This one seems to work, especially when compared to all the other flower photographs. Maybe a little out of focus? Or was the softening deliberate?
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04/28/2005 02:44:53 AM
Very nice
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04/28/2005 01:43:50 AM
nice idea but seems harsh or overly bright on background...gl
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04/27/2005 11:40:16 PM
It looks like your tulip is a little out of focus, It's a great idea though.
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04/27/2005 06:48:07 PM
Bright white background is harsh on the eyes, and the slight graduation to it doesn't really help break the tedium. Flower seems slightly out of focus. Color contrast is nice.
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04/27/2005 01:53:53 PM
Nice but I would prefer the flower to be a bit larger.
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04/27/2005 01:23:49 PM
Nice, one leaf rather then two in counter point to the flower would really work here. Plus, a little more in focus. 8
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04/27/2005 12:03:54 PM
excellent example of the challenge...I find the darkness on the right side slightly distracting, but very nice shot
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04/27/2005 08:44:19 AM
Excellent
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04/27/2005 05:49:35 AM
I like the human like shape of the flower, almost dancing! The shading to gey on the right works well too, to provide balance.
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04/27/2005 12:13:22 AM
Very nice, colors are subdued and gt=reat use of lines.
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