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Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Kodak DX7590
Location: Francis Park Rose Garden, Lansing, MI
Date: Aug 15, 2005
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Abstract, Traditional Art
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2006

This is a close-up shot of a heavily back-lit leaf. I'm not sure of the name of the plant, but they are very big, about 4-6 ft. tall, with great big leaves like elephant ears and thick stalks. It is at the rose garden in Francis park in Lansing, MI. I held the leaf out directly between the sun and the camera. I thought it was kind of cool. I know there are probably several people who 'know' this image, but I put about all my stuff that I think is good at all in my portfolio. This photo has been well received by some folks here on the site, as well as most people who I have shown it to. It is definitely among the best pics I've taken this year IMO, so here it is and we'll see how it does :-)

I can't remember exactly what I did in post with this one, but knowing my normal work flow, I probably: cropped, usm, cloned out some small bad spots, maybe did a screen and/or overlay or multiply layer with the opacity dropped, levels adj, curves, resized and border.

thanks for checking out my pic!

Statistics
Place: 47 out of 833
Avg (all users): 6.6765
Avg (commenters): 8.0488
Avg (participants): 6.6139
Avg (non-participants): 6.9620
Views since voting: 2543
Views during voting: 664
Votes: 439
Comments: 46
Favorites: 16 (view)


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05/05/2006 09:16:54 AM
This is great--vibrant lines and great colors. I love it as is, but I see a derivative that's worth looking at: take a look at it cropped at the right a bit, in fact, enough to make it square. Now it has the same flow as wave's, and the direction is uniform. Square shots make nice abstracts. (BTW, thanks for your comments on my shots!)
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03/18/2006 12:49:32 PM
what an aweosome image - it immediately jumped off the page - the colors are great and vibrant - great use of the sun to backlight the leaf - just stunning - congrats on your top score :)
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02/01/2006 07:44:45 AM
Hey, great shot, and congrats on your personal best score so far! The colours & lines are funky. If you stare at it for a while it moves, like one of those circle illusions.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 09:47:35 PM
Good luck Taterbug!!! This shot is one of my all time favorites. I'm sure you'll do well.
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01/31/2006 09:12:39 PM
Great pic, the focus, perspective and the colors are wonderful. One of my tops. Bumping way up.
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01/30/2006 08:47:28 PM
Beautiful colors and details, nice sharp image
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01/30/2006 08:38:56 PM
It seems alive, bluffing my brain :-)
Great colours.
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01/29/2006 05:13:22 AM
Dude, you know my feelings on this. It's a tad too abstract for my taste. I understand why others like it but I just don't dig this kinda shot! Only voting cause it's the best of. Don't ask me what I gave ya.
TC
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01/28/2006 09:11:30 PM
Fantastic coloring and lines. Wonderful detail.
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01/27/2006 09:30:50 PM
very very nice. love the texture, color, crop, etc.. beautiful 9
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01/26/2006 10:36:36 PM
Very good macro shot, well taken and cropped but I personally feel it is ugly ... haven't let that affect my score though :)
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01/26/2006 05:25:32 PM
great pix, excelent color, great lines, great movement, great light, blacks need tweeking, whites not in but not disturbing, great comp, abstract, overall have a print available
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01/26/2006 07:49:31 AM
I am a sucker for close-up, re leaves and flowers, so I am pleased to say I love the textures, lines and patterns in this image.....
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01/26/2006 12:22:57 AM
Nice to see this again!
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01/25/2006 04:07:26 PM
Very pretty! Love the colours. Very good use of 'macro of plant' kind of shot, creative.
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01/24/2006 03:07:02 PM
Beautiful colours, looks a little soft, perhaps that's what you were going for.
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01/23/2006 08:51:51 PM
The colours and shapes in this shot are wonderful. Nice work!
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01/23/2006 03:02:08 PM
Very appealing abstract.
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01/22/2006 02:58:56 PM
Wow - very cool macro. Such great texture and patterns. I like the way it's lighted.
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01/22/2006 02:46:59 PM
Nice line work here. The darkish 'grungy' (not to be confused with \"grunge\" style), coloring is definitely different. I'm not entirely keen on it, but it works here. The fibrous parts of the leaf almost look alive.. like capillaries. Which, by your title, is probably what you were going for.
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01/22/2006 01:52:32 PM
Awesome macro of an unusual subject, great lighting, sharp focus, interesting patterns, well done
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01/22/2006 12:47:56 PM
This is a magnificant leaf study! The colors and lines are superb. I give it an 8.
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01/21/2006 09:09:05 PM
intriguing image...great colors and detail..7
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01/21/2006 10:39:49 AM
great detail and color
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01/21/2006 10:03:48 AM
wow! sharp and colorful; a well done macro. <10>
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01/20/2006 03:30:07 PM
Excellent!! Nice lighting and detail.
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01/20/2006 03:19:00 PM
Great color nice abstract feeling
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01/20/2006 12:12:51 PM
Luminous!
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01/20/2006 10:45:53 AM
10 from me...good luck!
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01/19/2006 10:40:25 PM
Big 10! Love it as an abstract and a macro. Exquisite color and light. Good name, too.
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01/19/2006 07:52:38 PM
Very very cool. The detail is great. Makes me want to go out and try it...
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01/19/2006 07:45:33 PM
great color and backlit macro... however the creative near-abstract composition make this top ranked
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01/19/2006 05:40:28 PM
Great photo, I love it (10)
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01/19/2006 04:08:47 PM
I remember this well. You know how I feel about it. Best of luck to you! One of the best images in the challenge iMO.
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01/19/2006 03:13:49 PM
beautiful !
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01/19/2006 11:59:27 AM
Very cool macro. Love abstracts! Well done.
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01/18/2006 07:05:53 PM
compeling paterns
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01/18/2006 01:57:09 PM
This is a really nice abstract. I really like the composition and the lighting.
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01/18/2006 03:49:04 AM
Natures wonder it's all there and free - but you have to observe them. Well done!
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01/17/2006 08:06:50 PM
Quirky, love the colours and sharpness.
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01/17/2006 07:41:58 PM
Very nice colors and sharpness
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01/17/2006 07:19:03 PM
Very nice, love the colours and pattern, makes me wonder what it is, I am guessing a leaf but who knows. Will look this up after the challenge to find out :)
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01/17/2006 01:41:31 PM
beautiful macro abstract, nice flowing lines and great clour and detail
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01/16/2006 06:02:17 PM
pretty cool
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01/16/2006 05:03:14 PM
I remember this one. Stellar tonality and detail. Love the title too. 9
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01/16/2006 11:49:03 AM
Wow. This has got some really weird optical illusions going on here. Certain parts of this picture seem to move when I stare at other parts.

Wild stuff.
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