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Plucked from Life
Plucked from Life

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Challenge: Minimalism (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6G
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: Apr 25, 2005
Aperture: F36
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/4
Galleries: Still Life, Floral
Date Uploaded: Apr 25, 2005

This is the first time I have played around with some lights and posterboard. Two 500W halogen work lamps and a small halogen desk lamp overhead. Post-processing was Auto Contrast, USM at 56%, 3.4, 1, Hue/Sat layer to bump the yellow up by 20. My personal wishes are that the flower be in better shape and the faint shadow to the right be shorter.

A week or two later I reshot the flower after it had dried up. See it in my portfolio here


Place: 102 out of 492
Avg (all users): 5.7563
Avg (commenters): 6.1364
Avg (participants): 5.5110
Avg (non-participants): 6.0114
Views since voting: 1166
Views during voting: 442
Votes: 357
Comments: 26
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/04/2005 12:16:09 AM
I thought to myself, "Yeah, another flower on white" but I liked it. As noticed by a few the darker half to the right would have been better removed, as well as the long shadow from the flower. I found the shadows to be really important to this photo. Lighting this was really an experiment and proved to be fairly difficult. I shall revisit it. Given my interpretation of the rules, I didn't eliminate some of the flaws in the flower.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/03/2005 01:59:22 PM
I love daisies! This is beautiful. Great lighting. 8
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05/03/2005 08:57:58 AM
Nice flower. I like the simple background. Is the darker background on the right intentional? 7
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05/03/2005 12:30:44 AM
The strong shadows and pollen specks are distracting. The gradient along the right edge does a good job of leading my eyes toward the flower.
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05/01/2005 05:57:08 PM
i like this
05/01/2005 05:28:32 PM
Very pretty and meets the challenge effectively.
05/01/2005 12:21:16 AM
i like this composition, but i think the background needs to be a bit more white with a stronger shadow around the flower.
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05/01/2005 12:17:52 AM
I think this could have a greater impact with a darker shade for the backround.
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04/30/2005 09:03:13 PM
nice flower, I saw a thread where they said it wasn't a macro challenge. I submitted one too. I wish you luck.
04/30/2005 08:06:33 PM
04/30/2005 05:06:39 PM
Good picture. Good lighting with soft shadows. 7
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04/30/2005 11:48:19 AM
More in the back ground would add.
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04/29/2005 12:17:27 PM
very pretty, nice and simple
04/29/2005 11:11:59 AM
I like the mild shadows, they add a lot to this image
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04/29/2005 10:43:42 AM
Another great white on white, I was playing with thie same idea but just didn't have time to get it right. Great shot.
04/29/2005 05:45:29 AM
good lighting would have blown out the background without losing detail on the subject. Nice idea but the background looks a bit muddy IMO. 6
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04/29/2005 12:41:25 AM
wouldve LOVED to see this on a black background to make it really stand out
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04/28/2005 09:34:27 PM
IMO - the shadows play an important part in this photo, in a good way. The flower seems grounded. I only wish the flower wasn't so beat up...
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04/28/2005 07:15:32 PM
It looks as if you have used flash for this shot. Flash (when used correctly) can be very eye pleasing.

You covered the topic very well. I think I would like to see this photo as a High Key shot. Or even further, maybe a single light source (It looks like you've used two lights here, one above camera right, and one camera left @ lens height to give the more drastic shadow) I think having both shadows takes away from the flower. Also I would of tried to rid the right corner of the dark area.

To be repetitive, I think this would make a fantastic high key shot.
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04/28/2005 05:48:05 PM
nice image, lighting is well done.
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04/28/2005 01:30:14 PM
Good one. How is the flower standing?
04/28/2005 06:56:16 AM
Try to even out the lighting and you've got a winner, good job of not blowing out the highlights
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04/27/2005 11:25:01 PM
Very nice photo...great lighting and composition. But the title makes me sad and doesn't seem to match the mood of the photo.
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04/27/2005 06:33:14 PM
like the white on white, looks like it has two shawdows.
04/27/2005 09:40:23 AM
Nice, simple and elegant
04/27/2005 09:22:07 AM
I tend to be attracted to high key photographs. Very nicely done

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