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rcrawford


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Challenge: Flora (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-20
Location: AJ, Arizona
Date: Apr 18, 2003
Aperture: F3.6
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 19, 2003

These flowers were growing wild on the side of the road here in AZ. We had a wet spring and should have a great year for wild flowers.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 139
Avg (all users): 7.3261
Avg (commenters): 8.2222
Avg (participants): 7.2347
Avg (non-participants): 7.5500
Views since voting: 6998
Votes: 138
Comments: 58
Favorites: 37 (view)


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09/26/2003 02:26:00 PM
Exceptional! Wonderful vivid colors...so sharp and crisp, great focus on the detail..pops right out at you!!!!!
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05/03/2003 03:07:57 PM
Greetings fromt the Critique Club
Hi Roger!

Composition
I can't really find anything to complain about here. I don't like the direct centering of the primary subject, but the other flowers make up for it.

Color
I love the post-processing on this shot. The blues really make the yellow stand out. I plan on reproducing this kind of shot in my own work. The yellow is beautiful here and the blues are a great background, even if a little unnatural.

Focus
I like the shallow DoF, but if I were to complain (critique?) I would say that I wish the flower below the main flower was OUT of focus or moved because the shadow on it is a bit bothersome because of the super clear focus on the rest of it.

Subject matter
Great choice of flora because of the color contrast you wished to create here. Was this a pre-shot design or post-shot edit that you liked?

Overall
Overall, I'm critiquing the best flora shot of the week. Anything I say is a minor critique. This is a stunning shot, one I wish I had taken.

Congrats and good luck in the future.
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04/29/2003 01:21:14 PM
I knew this would win. Congrats on an excellent photo.
04/29/2003 03:49:53 AM
Nice clear shot. Congrats!!
04/28/2003 09:56:07 PM
Roger,

Excellent work, you have been a great and attentive student.
04/28/2003 07:56:33 PM
Fantastic!
04/28/2003 03:08:38 PM
Congrats on a well deserved win!
04/28/2003 11:27:08 AM
Stunning! Congratulations!
04/28/2003 11:11:04 AM
Well deserved win! Absolutely wonderful. Congratulations!
04/28/2003 10:01:06 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved win this week in a very competitive challenge.
04/28/2003 07:43:47 AM
congrats. great one :)
04/28/2003 03:01:44 AM
I can't stop looking at this picture, its absolutely gorgeous. I hope you offer this as a print. Congratulations on a well deserved blue ribbon!
04/28/2003 02:17:07 AM
Congrats this was a favorite of mine for the week.
04/28/2003 12:14:27 AM
congratulations! this was one of my favorites!
04/28/2003 12:06:44 AM
Yahoo!!! My first Blue Ribbon.

My daughter picked this photo and she is demanding some of the credit. I had chosen a cactus bloom but she insisted that I enter this one instead. So, thank you Valerie for your advice.

To answer the main question that everyone had, the color shift was done using levels and hue/saturation in PS Elements.

Thanks to everyone that took the time to vote and make comments.

Roger
04/28/2003 12:03:24 AM
congratulations! fantastic work! good going e-20 family! :0)
04/28/2003 12:02:50 AM
Congrats!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/27/2003 11:57:03 PM
Absolutely wonderful colours. I love what you did in this photo. The DOF if great too. I'm giving it 10.
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04/27/2003 10:37:07 PM
beautiful colors!
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04/27/2003 10:01:31 PM
I really like what you did with the background here... really makes it pop
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04/27/2003 08:44:04 PM
Fantastic!!!! Wow - how did you get the stalks blue? Is that real or retouched? Very different and very descriptive. Gave it 9.
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04/27/2003 01:49:37 AM
very nice and friendly colors, nice combination!
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04/26/2003 01:14:59 PM
Pretty, I'm a bit confused as to the blue color though. Did you change it on purpose? Nice use of DOF. I would have preferred if the flower on the bottom was not in focus. Thats just a personal preference, I like when only one flower gets my attention.
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04/26/2003 12:27:16 AM
I think the contrast between the blue and yellow is extrememly effective here. I alo like how the first few flowers are very sharp, adn there are spots of yellow in the background.
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04/25/2003 11:12:03 PM
Very cool post editing. Very artsy... I like it.
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04/25/2003 08:00:10 AM
wow. incredible colors. im curious about the blue. is that a white balance effect?
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04/24/2003 06:47:02 PM
Wonderful DOF and composition on this!
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04/24/2003 05:29:25 PM
Excellent contrast. How did you manage that shade of blue? Beatiful shot.
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04/24/2003 11:24:21 AM
Interesting coloration. Is this real or has the hue been shifted? Either way, good score.
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04/24/2003 10:20:19 AM
Lovely. Nice colour contrast, good DOF control and sharpness. How did you make the stems blue?
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04/24/2003 05:28:40 AM
Excellent color scheme and DOF. The one in front is sharp as can be. This is a really nice pic. Very well done - 10
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04/23/2003 11:26:53 PM
Stunning colors. Composed well.
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04/23/2003 10:12:23 PM
this is lovely. I just love the whole image.
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04/23/2003 08:37:03 PM
Very nice dof and the color is vibrant
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04/23/2003 07:46:35 PM
Nice colors. Some jpg artifacts around the main flower. Nice work!
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04/23/2003 06:29:07 AM
The blue backround really helps to highlight these flowers and make this picture special. Good job.
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04/23/2003 02:34:29 AM
a third cropped off the top would make this an absolutely stunning pic!! lovely colours and clarity
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04/22/2003 05:10:55 PM
I love the contrast between the blue background and the yellow flowers. Very nice shot!
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04/22/2003 04:09:16 PM
Truly wonderful shot. The use of blue adds to the already perfectly created photo. Great idea!
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04/22/2003 02:53:02 PM
very nice composition... it looks a bit unreal with the color shifting/replacements though... but it is an interesting concept :) - setzler
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04/22/2003 11:11:38 AM
Stunning color work. Love it. Great combo yellow and blue. Very nicely done.
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04/22/2003 07:26:56 AM
Very nice use of colours. The yellow real stands out against the blue background. Smart. Good focus and I like the shallow depth of field. 9 Jacko.
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04/22/2003 05:02:25 AM
Interesting effect with the blue in the background. You can never go wrong with yellow on blue, good idea - 8.
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04/22/2003 03:08:04 AM
Wonderful image. Very unique concept, great execution. Overall high marks!
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04/21/2003 10:32:46 PM
Beautiful colors and comp, leading lines are great and your use of the rule of thirds very nice.
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04/21/2003 09:09:53 PM
I rate this a ten. Love your post processing to add color contrast and tone/mood to this shot. The lighting is great and the use of dof is excellent. Good luck in the challenge, bet this will make the "winners" page.
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04/21/2003 08:54:44 PM
I love the effect the blue shades give in this photo. I saw a similar one in a previous challenge that had the same effect. Is that due to the chosen white balance or done after the shot in post? Nice job
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04/21/2003 08:17:21 PM
great contrast in colors and very nice composition. would like to know how you did this.
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04/21/2003 07:07:34 PM
This is an excellent shot. I love the blue tones with the bright yellow. You did good. Vote 10
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04/21/2003 02:57:42 PM
Nice duo-tone photograph, excellent composition!
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04/21/2003 11:54:40 AM
like the contrast between blue and yellow
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04/21/2003 11:08:59 AM
Nice color treatment
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04/21/2003 07:23:38 AM
Lovely background colors set off these flowers nicely.
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04/21/2003 07:10:52 AM
The colour shift makes for a very eye catching shot.
Great detail in the foreground and a very nice overall feel. Well done.
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04/21/2003 02:49:40 AM
Pretty nice... The exagerated blue works very well and really makes the yellow flowers jump out. Good job! 7.
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04/21/2003 01:32:31 AM
How did you get such contrast?
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04/21/2003 01:29:04 AM
I think your white balance is off here..... those are supposed to be green stems, right?
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04/21/2003 12:24:11 AM
how beautiful!
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