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Pink & Green
Pink & Green

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Challenge: Color (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A40
Location: At Home
Date: Apr 5, 2003
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Apr 6, 2003


Place: 228 out of 295
Avg (all users): 4.5721
Avg (commenters): 5.5455
Avg (participants): 4.5556
Avg (non-participants): 4.6026
Views since voting: 743
Votes: 222
Comments: 14
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04/19/2003 05:02:46 PM
You've got a really beautiful and colorful flower here and you're submitting to the "Color" challenge. You've definitely met the challenge because the color is a major element in your picture (it certainly wouldn't be the same without that bright color!)

You've picked a difficult subject to photograph, though, because of its location and the time of day when you took the picture. While the brick does, indeed, add texture to the photograph, it's not really what (I think) you want since it competes for the viewer's attention both as a subject and as additional colors the viewer must deal with. It's not like you can move your subject to another location, either. I see that someone mentioned using a shallow depth of field to blur the background but you indicate that is not possible with your camera. There are two other solutions which I can think of - 1.) use something behind your subject as a neutral and non-distracting background or, 2.) use something to block the sun from the background and place it into heavy shade. Either of these might have made the background less distracting and throw more emphasis onto your subject.

The lighting is obviously from the sun. The angle of the lighting is nice --- I don't think it could be better, in fact. However, it's difficult to get a good range from light to dark in a photograph taken when the sun is anywhere near its peak. The blooms have a "hot spot" and the shadows are almost black. To get a really good photograph from this situation, you probably should try to diffuse the light (my favorite is simply a white bed sheet held between the sun and the subject) so that the light is softer and the difference between the brightest point and the darkest point is not quite so severe. This would have been a good shot to make on an overcast day. Your photograph named "Camellia", which I like a great deal, takes advantage of that softer light.

As someone mentioned, the water droplets are nice. Don't know whether they were natural or you added this but either way, I think it adds to the photograph.

Thanks for submitting this photograph. Good luck in future Challenges!

Regards ... for the Critique Club,

Bob Mahan

04/14/2003 12:59:38 PM
I would love to blur the backgrounds but unfortuantely this is nearly impossible with the A40

I thought that the brick gave a nice texture to the picture. :) Oh well :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/12/2003 11:37:13 AM
Nice colors. The background is distracting though.
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04/11/2003 10:34:38 AM
Ordinary, but very real.
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04/11/2003 01:12:03 AM
very nice. backdrop brings out the pink, too.
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04/09/2003 10:06:39 AM
the very bright sun makes the Pink appear washed out in the highlights. a shallower depth of field would be good here as it would blure the bricks, giving more emphasis on the main subject. 6
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04/09/2003 10:06:22 AM
This is a nice crisp photo, good job! The colors are very vivid. I would personally have decreased the DOF to blur out the background a little as it distracts a tad.
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04/09/2003 01:27:15 AM
Not a very good background
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04/08/2003 11:00:48 PM
I like the strong colors, but does seem a bit overexposed. Water droplets on the stem are a very nice touch, but the brick background distracts from the overall shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/08/2003 02:23:26 PM
to bright in the middle nice work
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04/07/2003 04:50:24 PM
great flower, too bad about the bricks
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04/07/2003 03:32:35 PM
Great Shot... would be a little better if it were somewhat darker.
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04/07/2003 12:55:39 PM
Sunlight can be too bright, washing out the colors. I know this well and I'm guilty of doing it with shots just like this. If you can adjust your white balance..try playing with it till you learn how it works for you and your camera.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/07/2003 12:54:31 PM
nice clear image
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