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Challenge: Color (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: my deck in NC Arkansas
Date: Apr 4, 2003
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/800th
Galleries: Landscape, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Apr 6, 2003

Taken on a windy day. Had to open up my aperture to get a fast shutter speed, but seemed to work ok. Adjusted levels a bit and resized.

Place: 162 out of 295
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Views since voting: 793
Votes: 214
Comments: 17
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04/15/2003 08:14:15 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club :)

Hi Kandyj...

These roses are beautiful. I seem to like the way the smaller one on the right is 'looking' up to the larger rose. It looks a bit like some type of parent/child relationship in this photo.

Photographing flowers is something that I'm not very experiences with at this point. I have been doing some recently and I have learned a few techniques that seem to help create some higher level of impact in the photos.

Taking the photo outside is a great idea because your lighting will be natural and the issues of color cast and white balance will not play a large role in the photo. I made THIS PHOTO over the weekend outside on my back porch. I used a piece of black posterboard behind the flower to get the dark background. I angled the posterboard in such a way that it would be 'shadowed' to get the nice dark effect. You can try things like this with your roses also... The wind can be a problem, so it may be a good idea to look for opportunities to avoid that.

Another important element, in my opinion, is a tripod. I always use my tripod for photos like this and let my timer take the photo to minimize camera shake. That also frees my hands to hold the posterboard behind the scene :)

Keep up the good work :)

John Setzler
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/13/2003 11:35:05 PM
Where I work, I see a lot of different images of roses. Generally they are actually drawings, but the colors and the actual flowers never look this nice :)
04/13/2003 01:28:09 PM
Lovely. The colours certainly aren't lurid, but what a charme! This picture even captures scent!
04/13/2003 12:02:55 AM
Nice focus
04/12/2003 12:27:28 PM
Nice although there may be too many picture elements.
04/11/2003 01:30:26 PM
I like the close up veiw.
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04/11/2003 12:25:16 PM
The direct lighting on top of the flower makes it look bright and pretty. It makes me wish the direct light was somewhere in front of the whole picture, though, so that it brightened the whole bud. I like that there's two buds, but the background color lets the green show too much and the plants behind are distracting.
04/11/2003 12:01:57 PM
Great lighting, focus and DOF. Beautiful.
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04/10/2003 10:04:44 AM
Wow, beautiful! You've managed to get both flowers fully in focus although there is a distance between them, and then you were able to blur the background, well done!
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04/09/2003 10:13:47 AM
very nice good job
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04/08/2003 03:05:38 PM
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04/08/2003 02:22:08 PM
nice job nice use of color
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04/08/2003 03:13:56 AM
Good focus, nice background. The color seems a little 'soft'.
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04/07/2003 01:49:02 PM
Very good the question was asked how to take a good flower picture. I think you have the answer
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04/07/2003 01:44:48 PM
nice clear image good job
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04/07/2003 11:01:31 AM
Nice shot, just a little weak on the focus....love the blue sky with the green.
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04/07/2003 10:08:21 AM
very nice

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