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Challenge: Negative Image (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Location: -
Date: Apr 25, 2006
Aperture: -
ISO: -
Shutter: -
Galleries: Digital Art, Floral
Date Uploaded: Apr 25, 2006

almost straight from camera, save the obvious inversion. Didnt plan it, just tried inverting a load of photos to see which suited.

Will be interesting to see how this goes. Hope it won't stink as much as my Abstract entry

post-challenge edit:
focus seemed fine on positive, but ididn't use any sharpening 'cause it didnt seem necessary. This may have made it appear softer.
Will upload the original later

Taken with extension tubes and OM 70-210mm lens

Place: 119 out of 438
Avg (all users): 5.4953
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.2756
Avg (non-participants): 5.8161
Views since voting: 823
Views during voting: 272
Votes: 214
Comments: 24
Favorites: 0

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07/15/2007 04:35:48 PM
I'm stunned. The colors. It's irridescent... like pearls. Brilliant shot!
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05/07/2006 01:42:09 PM
Image Fragility

Hello from the Critique Club!!!

Comment: The best thing I can say off the top of my head is the members did a perfect critique of this photo.


This is a very nicely composed shot. I agree that it a closer crop might have made a difference.

Background/ Foreground
The shallow DOF has the background blurred, it adds to the softness but it also distracts just a little from the shot. My eyes want to focus in the background

Camera Work:

the negative is what makes this shot interesting

I think you got it all right in your editing.

My Opinion:
All in all this was a nice picture for the challenge and each challenge helps move us all forward as photographers.

I hope you find these comments to be helpful, thank you for allowing me to critique your picture. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me via PM.

Best of luck in your future photographic endeavors,

Karen Doss
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05/05/2006 03:14:03 AM
My immediate reaction to this shot is favorable. I like the soft texture around the clear center. The colors are soft as well. The combined effect is dreamy...emotionally pleasing. This is particularly appealing because so many of the negative pictures are on the bizarre side (obvious, given the nature of a "negative"). Your negative breaks that particular mold. If I were to suggest improvement it might be experiment with light. I imagine that the original figure had a fairly standard straight-on lighting. Late afternoon light or artificial light from a low vantage point might have added interest. As it is, though, it is perfectly fine and I would have given it a 6 or 7.
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05/03/2006 10:51:35 PM
Trading Post comment
As I said during voting, I really like the softness of this - I am glad you didn't use sharpening in this case. The colors came out wonderfully in negative, in my opinion. The only thing I can think of that may account for not scoring higher than it did (and it did pretty well) is people here tend to be drawn to bolder, more dynamic color ranges. Really a very nice picture!
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05/03/2006 09:01:03 PM
this could have been a really good image, but I think a thigther crop would have helped, and a bigger DOF, I really like to see all the fine details in flowerpictures.

the way you made it negative isn't working in the benefit of the image, try usin the hue bar to chane the colorcast, there is a slight tint of pink in the image that I find really distracting.

hope this helps.
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05/03/2006 05:25:32 PM

my first thoughts on this one are that the bg is way too busy. ifn you could isolate the flowers (which are very pale) a bit more from the bg i think it would work gallons better. the lack of contrast, yes i understand you probably intended it, is making it difficult to see any details in the flowers that you want us to see. that is what makes them fragile. but it is also what makes the viewer skip looking at it because it is too hard to see the details. i think that people want "POP". that is all i have been reading in most of the critiques.
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05/03/2006 04:07:05 PM
So delicate and pretty.
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05/03/2006 03:02:27 PM
I think this is a nice image that works well in negative. It really does have a fragile feel to it. I may have preferred a tighter crop, to get rid of a large white element at the top. Focus is kind of soft, but I think that works well with this image. There is a slight sense of business that may have prevented me from voting higher.
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05/03/2006 12:28:50 PM
Trading Post...
I like the softness, but probably most don't. I always tend to give shots like these higher scores because they're "feel good" photos. The title suits well. If I had voted in this challenge I would have given this a 7 or 8.
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05/03/2006 12:26:33 PM
[[Trading Post]]
This strikes me as a very gentle, relaxing image, which usually means it doesn't have a strong subject or theme. It is in its own way "abstract", but it's still recognizable, so it's not a true abstract. The out-of-focus stem right in the center steals my eye so quickly; it would have helped a lot to have just physically removed it. Apparently it was the closest thing to the lens??? A little more black (increasing the contrast) would possibly have made it stronger, but it would have ruined the "relaxing" part. I like it, though!
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05/03/2006 07:08:46 AM
Right off the bat my eyes are drawn to the white blurry spot on the lower mid left corner. The flowers didnt really stand out - the colors and shades just kind of blended together. It did have a kind of spiritual (bad choice of word but couldnt think of another one) feel to it, but as a negative I just didnt think it worked out great.
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05/03/2006 01:37:36 AM
--Trading Post Comment--
Even without the title, I get a very fragile feeling from this shot. It is very well composed and the exposure looks great for negative. IT looks like the focus may have been off a bit, thus the lower score than if it weren't. Still, a very nice negative image. I didn't vote in this particular challenge, but it would have been a 6.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/02/2006 04:36:48 AM
Transparency too.
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05/01/2006 10:30:13 PM
Very soft in both focus, color, and composition. Nice effect.
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04/30/2006 11:32:36 PM
Beautiful photo. I love the colors.
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04/30/2006 09:30:58 PM
Nice effect
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04/30/2006 02:06:50 PM
I like the focus.
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04/30/2006 06:31:35 AM
Simplicity always works! Nice shot. 7.
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04/28/2006 09:54:10 AM
I expected that photos that were more graphic art in nature would be the ones that looked really good for this challenge. You definately proved me wrong on that theory, this is great. The negative tones are cool. Beautiful floral!
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04/27/2006 01:35:03 PM
beautiful hues!!!
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04/26/2006 09:20:53 PM
very tender colors... nice..
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04/26/2006 11:58:28 AM
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04/26/2006 11:34:16 AM
This is quite whimsical.
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04/26/2006 09:42:31 AM
I would have liked to see just a smidgen of more contrast - just enough so the point of the title would not be lost. Like the mute colours. Wait! I just put the brightness down on my computer to 0. Ahh that's better.I still think a little little bit of contrast wouldn't hurt. Especially since the DOP is very selective here (IMO the DOP chosen adds to the fragile idea)
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