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Challenge: Complementary Colors (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix 2800Z
Location: garden
Date: May 17, 2003
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/314 sec
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: May 18, 2003

I've been in my new home for just a few months and delight in every new blossom as I've got no idea what to expect!

This is my first challenge and I feel pretty intimidated from looking at all the great photos, but decided to finally take the plunge.

Place: 20 out of 82
Avg (all users): 6.1593
Avg (commenters): 7.3846
Avg (participants): 6.1695
Avg (non-participants): 6.1481
Views since voting: 1426
Votes: 113
Comments: 18
Favorites: 3 (view)

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03/22/2004 11:52:06 PM
Wow. This was before my time at DPC, so I hadn't run into it before, but it's a fantastic shot!
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10/28/2003 01:55:01 PM
Beautiful! I love the color and lighting. Such wonderful capture of detail. I really like the softness about this photo.
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06/03/2003 10:32:25 AM
Hello from the Critique Club- I like to day a couple of days to think about a photo before I review it.

What a great start for your first entry! 20th place is impressive and so is a score of 6. Unfortuneately I was one of those "middle of the pack" voters. I gave you a six.

I'll start with the good stuff. Exquisite focus, just lovely depth of field. All of the flower is in tight focus and the background green is blurred. The petals protuding in the center are just as sharp as those behind and the fuzzy pollen laden stamens (or is it pistons?). Great colors, very subtle but well balanced yellows and purples. Perfect lighting! soft and again subtle, feels like early morning fresh. Nice interplay of texture and pattern. The smooth center petals contrast with the busy spots of the outer petals and the bright yellow pollen. The weight is right too, the heavier darker, busier elements of the photo are near the bottom and the lighter, airier lavendar petals are at the top.

And then the bad stuff - this is what separates a good photo from a great one. Your composition is pretty basic, a straight on shot with the object of interest in the middle of the frame. You have only one center of interest and all the leading lines point there. This shot is perhaps too symetrical to forgive the slight assymetries. Why is the top petal cut off? Would a more square format have suited the flower better than the standard rectangle? What if you rotated it ever so slightly so that the lower petals were at the same angle?

Or better yet...what if you had abandoned the symetry altogether. Have you read the tutorial on the rule of thirds. All rules are meant to be broken, but also they are meant to be mastered. Would the flower have been more dramatic and less static if it had been placed off center in the frame? taken from an angle? had a more (or less) contrasty background.

In the DPC lingo, you need something more to take this from "nice" to "WOW".

Disclaimer: remember that this is only my opinion and I an NOT an expert.
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06/01/2003 11:30:19 AM
I'l be back/
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/25/2003 11:30:58 PM
I love iris, and there is great drama here with all of your lines converging to the center.
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05/23/2003 10:32:57 PM
Great picture!
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05/22/2003 11:14:53 PM
Great colors and composition.
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05/22/2003 07:31:54 PM
I'm afraid this one didn't grab me topically as much as some of the other flower pictures -- the colours are in fact complementary but the lack of vividness in them doesn't make it quite as obvious. Also, for some reason, the flower itself looks actually rather scary.
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05/21/2003 01:57:20 PM
I think that since the lower two petals are not cropped, it may be better balanced if the top was not as well. Having said that, the lines really draw the eyes into the picture. Great composition and lighting, as well.
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05/21/2003 09:53:28 AM
Abstract flower, 8 !
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05/20/2003 11:50:29 PM
Wonderful composition.=8
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05/20/2003 10:07:49 AM
nice exposure...colors are a bit too muted, i'm having a little trouble figuring out what colors are complementary here. focus is pretty good, and i would have used a black or white background to create more contrast between the flower and the background...4
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05/20/2003 02:19:27 AM
This image is troublesome to me and i'll tell you why. These colors here clash, or in any case aren't particularly pleasing to my eye. And yet, i bet, that in reality this flower is just beautiful as i have never seen a flower that is not beautiful in its own way of perfection. The yellow and the mauve of the center petals are beautiful, the rest reads as 'too busy' for me. Maybe what accounts for my discomfort is that it was taken out of context and the overall look isn't softened by quiet leaves. The dof on the top mauve petals adds to this feeling of busy-ness. 7
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05/19/2003 07:41:53 PM
wow - very 'in your face' great complimentary colours, lots of texture and detail. Good shot. (10)
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05/19/2003 07:40:44 PM
excellent shot... strong use of complementary color as well... = 8
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05/19/2003 02:18:28 PM
It's like a zoo in a flower! I wish I could see the whole flower, though.
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05/19/2003 04:16:36 AM
Lovely shot! Composition, colors and focus are all very good. So is the border. Well done and good luck in the Challenge L.
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05/19/2003 12:18:15 AM
Thrillingly gorgeous. I've never seen a more beautiful flower shot. Good luck!
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