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Dying Plants Cry
Dying Plants Cry

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Challenge: DPC Cinema (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ20
Location: My home, Reading, UK
Date: May 6, 2006
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: May 7, 2006

Inspired by looking at the daffodils after heavy rain and thinking how sad they were and wondering if they could feel sadness at their faded glory. Taken in the flower bed of my front garden.

* crop
* layered, background selected and layered, light blur
* colours and level on main image
* resized for web
* smart sharpen (heavy to accentuate frailness of flowers)
* save for web

Place: 186 out of 207
Avg (all users): 4.6758
Avg (commenters): 4.7143
Avg (participants): 4.5055
Avg (non-participants): 4.8462
Views since voting: 1140
Views during voting: 254
Votes: 182
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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05/18/2006 08:28:14 PM
Hi Greetings from the Critique Club,
What I think works about your photo is the background, I like the dark green leaves and the blurred DOF, it helps the viewer to focus on your subject.

What I think needs some improving is that there is quite a big patch that is overexposed, perhaps could be fixed with a dodging, or perhaps adjust in shadows and highlights.
Subject choice: I think the hard thing about photographing something, dead or sad, is that even if you do a good job you will disturb your audience. Most humans are not keen to look death and sadness in the face. So if you chose those kinds of things as subjects, beforewarned you are likely to get a poor response.
Would also be good to have a little more detail in the flowers, tho I suspect that is a limitation of your camera. I actually had that camera for a little while.
Keep up the effort.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/10/2006 09:03:16 PM
Needs a little more detail in the highlights---good idea
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05/10/2006 02:43:54 PM
Interesting close-up. Correction if I may, I think it's DCPer's that cry when the flowers are dying & wilted.
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05/09/2006 06:23:12 AM
Title fits well with your photo, but somehow it doesn't really hold my attention, sorry.
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05/09/2006 01:47:29 AM
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05/08/2006 07:57:35 PM
A movie about dying plants crying? I don't see it. Nor do I want to go see it.
05/08/2006 02:25:32 PM
Very good composition and the darkening of the background really sets off the subject matter. But lack of sharpness and contrast on the dying petals holds this photo back.
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05/08/2006 12:38:43 PM
nice. I can see this as a poster.
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05/08/2006 02:33:53 AM
how's that a movie.... but the picture is ok.

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