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A Bloom of Grace
A Bloom of Grace

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Challenge: Delicate (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Sony DSC-P100
Location: Pond
Date: Oct 25, 2005
Aperture: f 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2005


Place: 122 out of 279
Avg (all users): 5.1949
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0123
Avg (non-participants): 5.2903
Views since voting: 1137
Views during voting: 312
Votes: 236
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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11/07/2005 04:50:47 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club:

A Bloom of Grace was your entry for the Delicate challenge and it fits well. It appears to be a Water Lily? no too sure though :)

Focus is spot on and by using f2.8 you have obtained a shallow depth of field that produces a sunburst of petals as a background whilst bringing the centre into clear focus. I think there is a hint of sharpening. It is a useful tip to include your processing steps in your comments, these help other replicate your process and help when doing a critique as CC can follow your steps and understand more clear if there are things that need working on. A lot of voters do not like centred images, but this works in that format. You have wisely used maximum sizing to increase the impact. Perhaps, at another time, try using fill flash to open out the centre of the plant more.

A central weighted format using a single flower as the focal point. The background is very natural, but the two green areas visible through the petals tend to pull the eye away at times. Very good overall.

There are few things more delicate than a flower head. This is a very deceptive image as it has to be studied carefully to get the full impact. I have a feeling that you have a leaning towards Macro photography, a very rewarding genre to aim for, it is my favourite as well. Your score is about what I would have expected for the image and now you have the task of matching it the future. Over 5 is good and even if you drop below, use every challenge you enter as a lesson in your hobby/work/torture. I hope you didn't get your feet wet getting this shot! I hope this helps and is constructive.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2005 02:26:28 PM
This is an excellent overal image. It fits the challenge perfectly. I love the depth of field with the lower petals out of focus creating a very soft and delicate backdrop, although I think you may be voted lower by some people, because they will not notice how sharp the center of the flower truely is. The colors are great. The center composition works well here because it draws you inside the bloom. Again, excellent first photo. I'll rate it a 6. -Czaja
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10/28/2005 09:35:02 AM
A bit of fill flash to highlight the detail in that center would have been great here, but it's a very nice image. Normally, centered flower compositions don't work well, but the leading lines of the petals really add to this.
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10/26/2005 10:06:05 PM
Striking image
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10/26/2005 10:32:25 AM
Nice, fits the Challenge well.
Could do with just a little more sharpness.
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