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Maturity's Sacrifice Feeds the Vigor of Youth
Maturity's Sacrifice Feeds the Vigor of Youth

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Adulthood Without Adults (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Lacamas Lake Park, Vancouver, WA
Date: Nov 27, 2005
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Nov 27, 2005

A challenge where the title is big. Went out and shot this on the last day of the challenge at a local park. I love these mushrooms, but they are wicked hard to photograph. Anything done below was not done to the mushroom as any manipulation would blow the detail.

Adjustment levels for layers, contrast and saturation.
Dodge and burn to focus on the mushroom.
Clone out a few pine needles close to the mushroom.
Resize, neat image layer (erase over mushroom), USM

Place: 79 out of 105
Avg (all users): 4.9685
Avg (commenters): 4.4000
Avg (participants): 4.6462
Avg (non-participants): 5.1019
Views since voting: 2294
Views during voting: 353
Votes: 222
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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12/06/2005 12:59:21 AM
i got it pretty damn quickly. i didnt vote on the challenge, noticed it afterwards. Maybe its just cuz im a mushroom freak, i dont know...
nice photo
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12/05/2005 01:25:53 PM
I really liked this photograph. I gave it 6....but I have to tell you....I didn't get it at all. I read it....reread it...and still didn't get it....but I really liked the photo. :)

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12/05/2005 09:54:25 AM
I have no problem with a ambivalent relationship to the challenge in this picture...... this is quite a good specimen view, it shows excellent scale to an ample natural environment. fyi 5
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12/05/2005 08:55:01 AM
I gave you a 5 (mainly because of your out-of-the-box thinking... otherwise I probably would have scored it lower). I did get what you were going for somewhat. I'm not one who needs to be hit over the head with the idea as I usually get these "out-of-the-box" submissions. I just didn't feel you pulled off the idea you were going for well. Had I not read your post I never would have know the object this was growing on was a tree as it is just not evident here (it really looks like dirt). I think composition needed a little improvement. Perhaps shaving off a little of the bottom (particularly the right) to make it feel less centered. I know you felt the additional wood took from the overall impact, but i would still like to have seen it. It might have helped people understand what you were going for better. Finally, there just wasn't any "Wow" factor to this one for me. I give my highest marks to those I feel met the challenge and are still interesting enough for me to want on my wall. This just didn't fit the bill for me.
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12/05/2005 07:40:14 AM
I rated this image high on technicals, low for meeting the challenge, and medium for appeal. Final score - 6. Why? Technically its sound. I like nature shots and macro shots so the appeal was there, but not over the top. As for meeting the challenge, it doesn't scream adulthood to me. Lifecycles maybe but adulthood is a stretch. I see beginning and end, but not middle. Sorry!
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12/05/2005 03:53:27 AM
I got here from your thread. Personally if I could have voted, this would have gotten.. and 8. I'm sorry but I dont see the dead log (you mentioned) probably because the green mould covered it completely, and the mould LOOKED like they were growing on damp rocks instead of a dead log. I love the lush greens and the stood out mushroom though. And your good control and use of DOF really makes this piece stand out. Too bad most of the voters cant agree with me. Definately not a less than 5 photo, you got robbed!
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12/05/2005 01:52:27 AM
This is a beautiful pic! It must have been difficult to get the exposure just right. Do not be discouraged by the score, it does not really mean anything.

I wrote the comment before I saw who the artist was - DrAchoo you should know how DPC works by now!

Message edited by author 2005-12-05 01:55:32.
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12/05/2005 01:27:59 AM
I loved this picture. Kind of out of the box as Rikki said for most voters to get the connection but this was one of my 2 10's. Your colors and the damp woodsy feel is perfect.
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12/05/2005 01:22:25 AM
Doc I think this image was just way too out of the box IMHO. I scored this a 5 through technical merit. However, most often times, the DPC voter looks at the image and tries to tie it into the challenge. If none is seen, as I did, a low score is inevitable. This happened to me a few times (one being in the Room challenge). Photos that are technically sound , IMHO, do not deserve a score lower than a 5. But that's just me. It seems to be that by the resounding number of votes that are sub-5, most people thought the same way - that this image does not tie into the challenge description. I believe this is too metaphoric and thus suffered in the end.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/04/2005 10:11:13 PM
A beautiful sharp shot, but I'm not sure what this has to do with the challenge.
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12/01/2005 08:17:16 AM
Very nice picture but I am having a hard time connecting the title. I assume I am missing something so it didn't affect your score. Love the greens here.
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11/28/2005 05:46:51 PM
ooh, love the photo and the title! great composition, colors, and dof.
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11/28/2005 09:59:00 AM
Kind of nice, but doesn't show me much but an adult in bloom.
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11/28/2005 02:32:15 AM
a very different apprtoach I like the idea 8
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