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Challenge: Abstract Macro (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Challengers
Camera: Kodak DX6490
Location: Neighbours garden at L.M.H.P. Caloundra, Australia
Date: Mar 23, 2006
Galleries: Abstract, Nature
Date Uploaded: Mar 26, 2006

An abstract close-up design, of an Agave Plant, showing the strong color tones, of the detailed lines and curves re the structure of the plant.

This is similar to my "Agave Blue" image, but much softer in the colors, and also much tighter in the cropping to suit this abstract/macro challenge.

Both images are the same plant, but just processed differantly in photoshop.

I am so blessed by so many DPC members who voted for me, and love each and every comment.....Thank-you.

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 422
Avg (all users): 6.4510
Avg (commenters): 8.0417
Avg (participants): 6.3571
Avg (non-participants): 6.5652
Views since voting: 4365
Views during voting: 346
Votes: 204
Comments: 68
Favorites: 21 (view)


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09/06/2006 01:27:48 PM
A really elegant shot.. :)
If I could change 1 thing... it'll be to have it sharper..
This shot looks like it's been stretched from a smaller image..
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08/04/2006 02:07:08 AM
i love your macros. they are really abstract, and so awesome!!
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07/12/2006 08:59:29 PM
"Jade" literally haunted me around DPC - I saw it many times before I finally overcome my laziness and clicked that "Add to favourites" link. :) It looks like it grew on me somewhat: for some reason I see in the voting breakdown that I gave this image a 7 when voting. Probably because of the little compositional uncertainty (see below), but I don't remember for sure.

I like "Jade" very much: it is not completely abstract, but the emphasis is very clearly on the shapes, lines and subtle changes in the shades of the colour.

The only thing that I keep wondering about this shot - would it not be a better composition if you flipped it along the horizontal axis, so that the leaves would point along the rising diagonal, rather than going against the falling diagonal?

Edit: The English language is not a friend of mine today.

Message edited by author 2006-07-12 21:02:19.
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06/09/2006 09:58:08 PM
Wonderful color play! I really like the colors here, it's a classic abstract and I wouldn't improve a thing! Very well done!!

Terje
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06/08/2006 11:57:21 PM
Beautifully done..great work!
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06/08/2006 05:11:25 PM
this looks like a painting---very soothing to look at. Great job !
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06/07/2006 11:08:39 PM
Should be hanging in a museum. Great shot.
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06/06/2006 09:36:57 AM
Hey, again you've caught my eye! And again the image is both luscious and sublime. And very painterly. Very, very, VERY nice!
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06/06/2006 08:59:17 AM
Very cool picture :) I like to use as my background ;) for a while :)
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05/21/2006 08:43:29 AM
Very nice abstract. Excellent work!
Regards, B.
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05/16/2006 02:27:17 AM
Do you have a monopoly on the Agave photos yet :). Another great shot in this series. Love the soft colors and painted feel that the plant skin gives off. Beautiful lines as well.
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05/12/2006 08:51:46 PM
Love these flower pictures of yours :o) They are like beautiful paintings.
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05/11/2006 12:59:56 PM
Wow! You really captured this one good. I'm always amazed to see the creativity of someone's mind captured in a photograph. Nice work.
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05/01/2006 07:46:00 PM
Absolutely beautiful!!!
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04/27/2006 07:01:23 PM
Wow it doesn't even look real! This is so good. Congratulations on the great finish.
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04/27/2006 03:18:21 PM
wwwwwwwwwwwwoooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!
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04/21/2006 06:10:41 AM
Congratulations on your top 10 (love that little star - almost as good as a ribbon). I love the way that it almost looks like a painting. The colors and lines are striking and it really suits the challenge well. Beautiful shot.
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04/12/2006 08:50:08 PM
I'm gonna have to go out and get an agave plant now = P The pastel tones are great.
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04/08/2006 08:11:06 PM
You rock Shez!!!!! wooooohooooo hooooo!!!
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04/08/2006 03:38:23 PM
Congrats on your top ten.

Its a wonderful photograph !!
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04/06/2006 06:57:50 PM
congrats on your 10th place finish! I really love the colors and hues. Well done!
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04/06/2006 12:14:19 PM
Shez. . . this has got to be your signature photo. Perfect in every way! Congratulations on a top 10 finish in such a competitive challenge! This image definitely deserves top recognition! ! !
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04/06/2006 03:43:00 AM
I am just been blown away with the interest this image has received, as I now have 45 comments, and 6 favorites..... Thank you all so very much, as you have really made my day.....
04/05/2006 09:56:26 PM
A lovely exection and certainly a great wall hanger as those seeked by interior decorators with that extra good taste. Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
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04/05/2006 05:12:41 PM
Congrats on the 10th spot... wish I'd voted you down now coz I may have pipped you to it then! :-)
Really liked your shot BTW!
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04/05/2006 02:28:03 PM
I knew this was your's the moment I saw it. Congrats on your top 10 finish!
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04/05/2006 11:09:07 AM
Congrats. Beautiful picture. I suspected this might be you because of the other beautiful picture in your portfolio. Thought it might have been a ribbon for you though.
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04/05/2006 10:22:17 AM
look at that awesome placement!!! Great job!
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04/05/2006 09:32:27 AM
w00h00!! Congratulations on top 10! I love the colors of this....beautiful!

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04/05/2006 08:36:29 AM
What a beauty Sherpet, I just love this shot. Congrats!
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04/05/2006 07:52:20 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved 10th place. This is a truly beautiful image.
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04/05/2006 05:55:10 AM
Way to go Sherpet! Congratulations...up, up to the top :)
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04/05/2006 04:24:17 AM
these shots look like paintings...These would make amazing huge prints. I know they can print to big canvases...I am sure there would be a definite market for these in art shops throughout Austraila. You should look into this with a framing/gallery type business because you have a unique work kere and a style that is all yours
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04/05/2006 02:24:49 AM
Great job Shez! Way to go ;)
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04/05/2006 02:10:26 AM
Congrats on your top 10 placing! This is a wonderful photo that looks like a painting!!!
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04/05/2006 01:53:57 AM
Originally posted by ursula:

Beautiful. Can you post your post-processing details?


Post processing:

Origional image photographed with my Kodak DX 6490 camera, as I am still getting used to my Canon EOS 350D rebel.

Sharpen using Unsharp mask.

Noise to remove Dust and Scratches.

Hue and Saturate various pecentages, but higher in "blue" and "magenta", to achieve the soft mauve/blue tones....

Color Balance again using a higher percent, re blue and red tones.....

Photo filter using "Violet" with 5% only.....

Contrast 5 percent only, to keep the softness.....

Noise to reduce noise.....

Crop to size "square".....

Added border.....

Resized - Titled - Saved and Submitted.....

It didn't turn out as good re the color I wanted, re the "Canon" camera, as the "Kodak" camera gave me the results I wanted.....
04/05/2006 01:44:12 AM
Such beautiful, soft colors! Congratulations on this top ten entry!
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04/05/2006 01:24:28 AM
Many congrats on your Top 10 finish, Sherryl!
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04/05/2006 01:16:04 AM
Beautiful. Can you post your post-processing details?
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04/05/2006 12:14:20 AM
Congrats on a top 10 finish. I'm actually surprised it did as well as it did. Not because of the photo itself but rather the popularity of the one like this in your portfolio.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/04/2006 10:51:25 PM
I predict a top 10 placement, Good luck!
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04/04/2006 10:20:01 PM
I think the tones in this are just gorgeous. Great lines and the lighting is neat around the edges. Nice subtle, soft image. 8
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04/04/2006 04:27:11 PM
Stunning, one of my two faves in this challenge (10 to you, 9 to the other, and I don't go for 10 all that often). I do hope to see it with a ribbon.
The texture is more or less flawless, the composition excellent, colours very elegant. Wonderful balance. Well done.
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04/04/2006 09:00:06 AM
Gosh, there are two very similar shots in this challenge. This is lovely - great colours and composition - could almost be a painting. Love the muted tones.
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04/03/2006 01:28:15 PM
beautiful soft and smooth texture I love the soft color variations.
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04/03/2006 09:37:00 AM
Great lighting effects and just the right amount of sharpness on some ofthe edges to allow viewer an idea of what the subject is. Great colors, good subject choice "8"
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04/02/2006 08:50:35 AM
looks like a painting - good eye for composition -- one of my ribbon picks
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04/01/2006 09:45:43 PM
prettiest photo in this comp
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04/01/2006 06:29:55 PM
Well formed composition very art like
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04/01/2006 03:58:55 PM
Well, even though this photo is definitely not in focus, I absolutely love it! What a work of art! Looks like a chalk drawing.
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04/01/2006 11:48:43 AM
Looks like a Georgia O'Keefe painting. Very nice.
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03/31/2006 10:13:48 PM
what a wonderful shot...love the blues and the softness to this photo...top ten in my opinion!!!
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03/31/2006 07:09:25 PM
i like the tone in this image, it looks like it is a photo taken from a painting, 8
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03/31/2006 01:23:12 PM
Love the "watercolour" feeling.
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03/30/2006 07:15:50 AM
man, that almost looks like a painting..
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03/29/2006 09:43:52 PM
Oh my GOODNESS!!!! I am particularly drawn to blue photos anyway, but this has the most ethereal, soft, wonderful feel of any picture I've seen! On of my very most favorites in this challenge. I hope it wins a ribbon because in my opinion it DESERVES to!!! Congratulations on taking such a spectacular photo!!!!!
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03/29/2006 05:53:51 PM
Looks like a Georgia O'Keefe painting! Beautiful.
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03/29/2006 04:49:03 PM
I like the flow, colors and composition.
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03/29/2006 03:32:37 PM
This is an awesome photo...would make a beautiful print.
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03/29/2006 01:45:28 PM
one of my fav's. 10 good luck!
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03/29/2006 12:36:37 PM
Very nice, but slightly let down by noise and/or overcompression
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03/29/2006 12:22:47 PM
Beautiful!
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03/29/2006 12:06:59 PM
nice shot! Looks like a painting!
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03/29/2006 10:54:16 AM
Looks like a painting....love it
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03/29/2006 06:58:06 AM
Two of my favorite things; color and texture. Great shot.
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03/29/2006 06:21:56 AM
nice comp and color, but not sharp at all
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03/29/2006 12:51:38 AM
Absolutely beautiful! I love the color here and the nice play of lines. Nice abstract. Going in my faves.
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03/29/2006 12:34:54 AM
I LOVE the shading in this shot....this is one of those photographs that would look stunning hanging on any wall. A truly great abstract, in my opinion!
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