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Flower Contrast
Flower Contrast

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Challenge: High Contrast (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: 2005
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix E550 Zoom
Location: Denver, Colorado
Date: Sep 2, 2005
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/56
Galleries: Floral
Date Uploaded: Sep 3, 2005


Place: 149 out of 343
Avg (all users): 5.5182
Avg (commenters): 7.3750
Avg (participants): 5.3649
Avg (non-participants): 5.7475
Views since voting: 557
Views during voting: 324
Votes: 247
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/16/2005 10:31:31 PM
by strangeghost

A slightly unusual treatment in the composition because the flower dominates the frame and is centered, but you left a bit much space at the top. Generally, I think if you're going to fill the frame with your subject, you should go all the way and get in really close. If not, back off a bit and go for an uncentered comp, maybe using the rule of thirds - maybe not. You're subject is somewhere in between, but closer to a full macro. OK, so what of the macro? Nice detail in the inner part of the flower, beautiful color explosion, and the yellow petals are brilliant. I like the soft greens and blues in the background. As for the color contrast, yellow doesn't contrast strongly with green (blue is better), but your subject is vibrant and stands out nicely.

I think a slighter greater depth of field would have worked better, preserving the focus on the flower petals, while allowing the background to softly blur, as you have it. It's not bad at all as is, but might have been a little stronger if the petals had been sharp to the tips. The lighting is nice and bright, but the yellows are dulled a bit, especially around the bottom, by some shadows. I love the color saturation. All the colors are bright and eye-catching.

Generally, the impact of this photo is pretty high. In spite of what people say about flower shots, I think a good isolated flower is hard to resist. Your score of 5.5 is about average for a challenge shot. You may have squeezed a bit more voter satisfaction by a slightly different crop, but overall, I hope you are happy with your shot. It's quite a pleasing looker.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/11/2005 07:56:04 AM
Tonally the colours feel quite similar to me. If the bg was out of focus it would help. 8.
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09/11/2005 01:28:25 AM
Not bad, decent contrast and pleasing subject matter. Bumping up after second look. :-)
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09/10/2005 09:44:13 AM
Fabulous color, very very nice focus. The composition seems a bit lacking with the flower nearly smack dab in the middle of the image, I have no suggestions on how to give it a bit more drama though. I think this is the kind of image that would be improved by having a simple but strong black border. It would give it a finished look in my opinion. I gave a 5
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09/09/2005 12:53:46 AM
Simply gorgeous! 9
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09/07/2005 10:10:25 PM
Nice colors and macro. I like the perspective you chose and your DOF. Looks like just alittle too much room at the top
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09/06/2005 03:26:01 PM
Beautiful flower
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09/05/2005 07:39:52 PM
Okay... So this is what my flower shot was supposed to look like! Outstanding clarity, deep rich tones, heavy shadows, and beautiful presentation. What else can I say? (Wish mine was this good!)
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09/05/2005 01:18:19 AM
Beautiful macro. I like the one single flattened drop in the center of the flower. Good detailing.
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