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Breaking Free
2nd PlaceBreaking Free

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Challenge: Multi-Image Compositions (Classic Editing*)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: Virginia
Date: Apr 23, 2003
Galleries: Black and White, Diptych / Triptych
Date Uploaded: Apr 23, 2003

Not perfect, but the best I could do after many many many photos (do you know how hard it is to pick dandelions in the rain, get them in the car w/out blowing away and then get them home to take photos? ;)

The bottom one is a little more grainy than I wanted but I just couldn't get it any better. Here's another tough one for you: arrange the dandelion seeds the way you want them ... they don't cooperate well.

All in all I still had fun though :)

Place: 2 out of 116
Avg (all users): 7.4545
Avg (commenters): 8.6563
Avg (participants): 7.4516
Avg (non-participants): 7.4600
Views since voting: 7857
Votes: 143
Comments: 53
Favorites: 17 (view)

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06/08/2006 12:19:20 AM
Great work!
05/10/2003 11:17:56 PM
The image in the upper right is *beautifully composed". Nice work.
05/06/2003 09:09:59 AM
Well, what better thing to come back to from vacation than a ribbon? Thank you all so much for your kind comments and votes :)
05/06/2003 09:06:55 AM
Great Job Franziska! Sorry I didn't get to vote. A perfect 10!
05/05/2003 10:50:01 AM
This one was my favorite. Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon!
05/05/2003 08:22:45 AM
Very nice job, all your efforts paid well!
05/05/2003 07:49:28 AM
Very very beautiful artful photography. The font and text placement I'm not too crazy about :) ... Maybe if the text pane was leftmost.

Message edited by author 2003-05-05 07:49:55.
05/05/2003 07:12:51 AM
Congrats Franziska, one of my favs :)
05/05/2003 04:54:11 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Certainly one of my favorites.
05/05/2003 12:51:04 AM
Congrats! I'm glad to see you win another ribbon here! Great image, and after reading your comments, it sounds like it was difficult to put together!
JD Anderson
05/05/2003 12:34:27 AM
congrats on a beautiful photo and a well deserved ribbon!
05/05/2003 12:11:54 AM
Wonderful.....really good. Congrats.
05/05/2003 12:07:10 AM
a great treatment of the subject
05/05/2003 12:06:00 AM
Fantastic Franziska! Marvelous stuff here!
05/05/2003 12:04:46 AM
Alright!!! Congrats on second!
05/05/2003 12:02:06 AM
you never cease to amaze me! your work is fantastic! love it!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/04/2003 11:28:53 PM
I don't care for the way the title is inserted, nor the font used, but the photos are just so spectacular (particularly the upper right one) that it's easy to look past those nits. Well done!
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05/04/2003 11:02:30 PM
This shots looks great in black and white and fits the challenge perfectly. Each shot is great alone and together theses 3 shots are excellent! Great job! 10
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05/04/2003 10:12:13 PM
The lighting is excellent and I really like how you captured each individual "fuzzy" (can't think of the actual name). Almost looks like sparklers. Great job.
05/04/2003 07:52:54 PM
excellent concept, followed thru with great photography, and presentation.
05/04/2003 01:49:25 PM
They seem oh so slightly ouf of focus, when exact clarity is needed here, but the B/W works wonderfully, and the images really create a synergy. Very nice tones, too. Lovely image. 10
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05/04/2003 04:34:52 AM
very nice 10/10
05/03/2003 11:43:10 PM
The pictures are great! B&W looks perfect, and your composition with the three images is very nice. I don't quite like the bar with the title in the middle. I think it would look better without the bar, and give a little more space to the right and left pictures. Good luck!
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05/03/2003 11:21:53 PM
I adore the photos in this triptych. The choice of black and white works very nicely, and I especially like your "theme". I am not totally crazy about the font that you chose, I think it detracts just slightly from the overall image by constantly drawing your eye away from the photos. I think that I would have preferred not to see any text at all, however, that does not keep this from being one of my top picks.
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05/02/2003 06:18:48 PM
Very nice series! Good detail and nice imagination to come up with this! The lower cell is just fine, emulates flight well. It would have been truly impossible to catch them in real flight, but I would have liked it a touch better (how many years to do this???). 9 Rob the Swash
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05/02/2003 05:52:26 AM
Lovely collection of images and nicely taken - layout of collection doesn't work well for me - too symmetrical I think.
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05/01/2003 11:51:22 PM
Love the photos.... great title! Super job!
05/01/2003 07:43:27 PM
Very creative composition. Very sharp and the contrast is great. Nice use of B&W. Good luck. One of my favorites this week. Jacko. 10
04/30/2003 11:09:21 PM
Good arrangement of the three images to maximize the image detail.
04/30/2003 10:24:47 PM
Very cool sequence. really like the bottom one. I'd rather not have the text however. I think it takes away from the simplicity. The inside borders seem bright for me. Maybe it's the thickness? Not sure. Good lighting and a unique subject.
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04/30/2003 07:57:21 PM
Wow. I\'m not sure there\'s anything I can recommend to improve. The contrast and crispness is wonderful. The images flow together with each other perfectly. Each individual image is powerful, yet is more powerful in the presence of the others. The composition of the multiple images into one is excellent. If I wore a hat, it would be off to you. Beautiful work. 10 without a single second thought. I hope this wins.
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04/30/2003 07:44:56 PM
Incredible macro work!!!
I like this alot, and BW works very well here.
THe only thing I find distracting are the horizontal stems in the left side of the bottom image. The entire compilation is made up of vertical elements, including the text. With no editing rules, I would have cloned out the horizontal stems... They seem out of balance with the rest of the compilation.
I still give it a 9, though. Would have been a 10 without the horizontal elements.
JD Anderson
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04/30/2003 06:39:10 PM
Good job! Wonderful!
04/30/2003 02:58:22 PM
really nice series of pictures, especially the one on the right. I would realy forget about the caption on this pitch black background. 8 for the photographs
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04/30/2003 09:15:23 AM
The detail and lighting is outstanding, you gotta pat yourself on the back for this shot. One of my favourites this week.
04/29/2003 07:38:12 PM
beautiful contrast and details.
Neat idea and very well executed :)
04/29/2003 03:49:08 PM
This is my favorite so far. It's perfect. Quality of pics is high and the presentation has a very nice polish. Also, the multi-image presentation make sense here, unlike with so many other submissions. Beautiful layout, like the Breaking Free, tucked in the middle, with a nice font. This image is so playful and everybody can relate to the wonders and fun of blowing these things. A very well-deserved 10 Journey
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/29/2003 02:07:57 PM
Good job
04/29/2003 12:29:50 PM
I really like the images in this, but I really don't like the text. The upper right image is very nice - looks like the seeds are about to blow away.
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04/29/2003 12:13:46 PM
I think this is a wondeful triptych, but the text ruins it for me. I would love to see this one without the title so prominent.
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04/29/2003 11:03:27 AM
Nice, good idea, detail & layout!
04/29/2003 08:05:17 AM
My favorite b&w this week - nicely done.
04/29/2003 01:03:09 AM
Very creative!! I love it! Vote 10
04/29/2003 12:14:29 AM
I like this but think it would be better without the words.
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04/28/2003 11:56:00 PM
Very well done. I especially like the bottom sequence. Makes me feel like it is moving. :)
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04/28/2003 08:31:06 PM
Great details and the bw is particularly effective. I really like how the bottom picture looks like the seed things are blowing end over end upon first glance. Great work
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04/28/2003 01:56:28 PM
Great concept and executed well. The one thing that bothers me is that the text box is deep black and there doesn't seem to be any deep black in your images. Either add more black to your shots or tone down the black in your text box.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/28/2003 10:55:44 AM
beautiful work... this is probably one of my favorites in this challenge. Each of the three images has strong photographic merit on its own and the composition represents a theme/story that doesn't require any explanation to me :) This is a great black and white series... excellent work... = 10 - setzler
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04/28/2003 10:52:58 AM
Perfect composition, lighting and tones. 10 -danny
04/28/2003 10:52:48 AM
This is a great idea. Very well composed with nice, clear images.
04/28/2003 09:52:03 AM
This is awesome, must have exerted a lot of effort but its worth it. Great job, keep it up! -10
04/28/2003 01:52:15 AM
Very beautiful
04/28/2003 01:34:29 AM
I'm remembering something Carl Sagan said about the creation of the universe, how bits of matter set out like the seeds of a dandelion...

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