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A Magical Place
1st PlaceA Magical Place
SherwinJames


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Single Light Source II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: NJ, USA
Date: May 25, 2006
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 4 secs
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: May 26, 2006

A macro shot of a simple daisy, lighted from below.

Post-processing:
- RAW conversion in PSE
- Noise reduction
- USM sharpening
- Cloned out minor light specs
- Levels adjust to increase contrast
- Cropped
- Framed
- Convert to JPEG

Post Challenge:

Thank you everyone for the voting and the great comments. Getting a ribbon on a site with so many great photographers and photos is truly a magical thing.

Here is a picture of my high-tech setup I used for this shot (hope this thumbnail works here).
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The stuff that seems to be falling from the petals is simply water bubbles on the inside of the glass (invisible due to darkness). Also used a circular polarizer lense filter to cut down on glare.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 238
Avg (all users): 7.5338
Avg (commenters): 8.9688
Avg (participants): 7.4000
Avg (non-participants): 7.5914
Views since voting: 16512
Views during voting: 431
Votes: 266
Comments: 79
Favorites: 87 (view)


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AuthorThread
01/15/2008 01:54:55 AM
Sherwin,
Thank you for the beauty, inspiration and the high tech setup you have presented. I was inspired to look here by a comment from 21_F.gif aliqui.

Tim
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09/13/2006 09:05:41 AM
lovely well composed and colorful macro image
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09/05/2006 02:55:15 PM
It has been said time and time again the lighting is spot on! The way it illuminates this flower is what elevates it into something mystical and magical. The water bubbles also add the element of magic 'fairy dust' or little dewdrops of magical light falling off the petals. Square crop keeps attention focused tightly on this magical flower while the black backdrop really allows the flower to shine and visually 'pop' off the page.
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06/11/2006 10:52:17 AM
so beautiful
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06/10/2006 01:58:43 PM
very good :)
06/09/2006 04:12:10 PM
Simply beautiful... Congratultions on a one of a kind image... :)
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06/08/2006 11:49:03 PM
Greeting from the Critique Club:

As the comments and blue ribbon indicate, you have a well received and appreciated image here. You have all of the aspects of well done photography here, including a creative take on a commonly photographed item.

The composition is strong and classical, the technique is spot on and the image clearly meets the challenge. Often the hardest thing to add is a spark of magic or emotion to your image. You have managed to do that through your lighting and bubbles. While seemingly simple, combined that add the wow that won the ribbon.

Enjoy the success. This is a beautiful shot.

Becky
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06/08/2006 12:58:34 PM
Congrats on your well deserved ribbon for this stunning, creative image. Instant favorite!
06/08/2006 12:53:04 PM
Congratulations on your blue!! This is a fantastic photo! Well done!
Thanks for the ''how-to'' also.
06/08/2006 07:05:19 AM
wow, your first and it's blue!
congratulations..!
(^o^)
06/08/2006 02:48:12 AM
Absolutely beautiful! COngratulations on your first ribbon!
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06/07/2006 11:12:59 PM
It is indeed magical. The bubbles looking like fairy dust make this shot. Congradulations once again.
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06/07/2006 09:57:58 PM
Wow! This one looks so much better big than as a thumb. Congratulations! It's a very special image, lovely.
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06/07/2006 09:20:01 PM
From your biography:"I am open to almost all forms of artistic presentation in photography..."
YOU are an Artist!
While I was votig, your pic got my highest vote!
Great job.
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06/07/2006 08:38:22 PM
Thanks for sharing your setup, I would have never guessed that those were air bubbles in water!
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06/07/2006 04:28:30 PM
Certainly a magical image well done on your ribbon
06/07/2006 04:05:26 PM
nice, thanks for the insight too
06/07/2006 12:19:22 PM
Congratulations on your blue! Great shot!
06/07/2006 11:40:51 AM
Congratulations on the win... I don't think I've ever seen a photograph of a flower before and just gone "whooooooah". Amazing shot, very creative.
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06/07/2006 10:45:50 AM
Congrats on your blue with this very unique flower shot! Great work!
06/07/2006 10:23:48 AM
Congratulations, this truely is a winning entry!!!
06/07/2006 10:16:35 AM
Congratulations!Beautiful photo :-)
06/07/2006 09:06:24 AM
Sherwin - you've been heading for a blue since arriving. Nice shot indeed!
06/07/2006 09:06:16 AM
Thank you for showing the setup! I wish more folks would do that to help us learn.

Great shot!
06/07/2006 07:55:00 AM
Woo Hoo Sherwin!!!! Mega congratulations on your first blue ribbon! (The first of many I'm sure) This is SO AMAZING!!! I feel like when I stumbled on your amazing photos the other day, I discovered a wonderful talent that I couldn't wait see more work from. .. .and here you are in first place in this really competitive challenge!!

You TOTALLY ROCK!!!!!!!
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06/07/2006 06:55:52 AM
Congratulations!!!! Beautiful photo, it was one of my favourites in the challenge.
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06/07/2006 03:08:55 AM
Bingo! Way to go! Congratulations.
06/07/2006 02:20:46 AM
KNEW this superb shot would win. Congratulations on your blue ribbon.
06/07/2006 01:08:35 AM
schweet! congratulations
06/07/2006 12:46:31 AM
Originally posted by Zoomdak:

Top ten.
Or top one.
Congrats on a on the blue, and a stellar photo.
06/07/2006 12:45:31 AM
Congrats! Good job newbie!

P.S. - Dang, you got a blue before I did!

Message edited by author 2006-06-07 01:53:17.
06/07/2006 12:37:06 AM
wow, knew (at least hoped) this would win... nice job!! adding to my favorites
06/07/2006 12:34:15 AM
Way to go! Congrats! Beauty of an image!
06/07/2006 12:34:05 AM
Congratulations!! Beautiful image.
06/07/2006 12:21:07 AM
Holy Moly!! You did it. Congratulations.
06/07/2006 12:18:14 AM
Congrats!! I seem to recall someone saying you had many ribbons in your future! :)
06/07/2006 12:13:45 AM
Beautifully done! Congrats on your Blue
06/07/2006 12:12:32 AM
Outstanding shot, congratulations.
06/07/2006 12:11:41 AM
Congrats
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2006 08:29:51 PM
Top ten.
06/06/2006 04:42:50 AM
waa...this pic looks bad in thumbnail but is realy beautiful in full res. especially seeing the drops of "water"?
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06/06/2006 02:12:39 AM
Very nice effect. I can't figure out how it was lit but it was done well.
06/06/2006 01:24:52 AM
WOW.. i was a bit confuse where is the light source..
Original and Unique..
you could have cheat and put a light on top of the flower.. but you didnt..
straight up 10
06/05/2006 10:32:48 PM
Impressive
06/05/2006 10:17:33 PM
wow
06/05/2006 07:24:38 PM
realy realy nice...
06/05/2006 10:21:31 AM
Tooooooo cool. Great way to use lighting!
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06/04/2006 11:02:45 PM
very magical.....fairy dust, great trick....
06/04/2006 10:45:01 PM
I love it. The flower apears to be the light itself.
06/04/2006 08:37:21 PM
Magical indeed
06/04/2006 06:57:31 PM
Lovely shot and the light is perfect. One of the nicest flower shots I've seen in quite some time.
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06/03/2006 11:49:39 PM
great comp, nice lines, great movement, love the pollen, great color, great lighting, great texture
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06/03/2006 07:19:23 PM
Wow!!!!!!!!!! how di u do that?
Is really magic!! beautiful, very beautiful.
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06/03/2006 06:51:58 PM
Great! A minor improvement would be upping the center of the flower a fraction of f stop to make it separate from background. But very good idea indeed! First time I am ready to lavish praise on the very first shot I see in a challenge.
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06/03/2006 03:35:19 PM
Top Shelf...10
06/02/2006 10:21:56 PM
oh yeah! Very nice ! 10
06/02/2006 08:39:22 PM
Enchanting.
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06/02/2006 06:06:49 PM
So simple, yet so stunning. I even love the border for a change!!
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06/02/2006 01:32:23 PM
Magical indeed! I wish there was more detail on the top of the flower so that it does not disappear into the void.
06/01/2006 09:35:11 PM
wow, amazing shot, nicely matched border, i think i'll give this a 9, good job man
06/01/2006 02:12:43 PM
Tremendous! 10! tell us how you did it.
06/01/2006 10:46:18 AM
A great sharp focused image here, and I like it a lot.....
06/01/2006 09:40:00 AM
The top shadow detracts from the image.
06/01/2006 07:51:28 AM
Finally a beautiful and original flower picture. Interesting lighting, although it is a bit unclear what it is that's falling off. Pollen? Dust? Water? It doesn't bring the photo down however.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/01/2006 12:51:22 AM
I entered my first flower shot in this challenge, I sure wish that it looked like this one, very nice job.
05/31/2006 11:03:17 PM
nice shot
05/31/2006 07:42:46 PM
I have no words....
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05/31/2006 07:20:42 PM
lovely.
05/31/2006 06:56:50 PM
oh wow, that is gorgeous... I love the -almost looks like fairy dust- falling from the petals, nice and golden and your title fits perfectly.. would have liked better w/o border, bump, 10 despite border
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05/31/2006 06:45:31 PM
Pretty cool.
05/31/2006 04:15:56 PM
Such a great picture. The lighting and colors are fantastic. Good look with this one. I top 3 I would think, but I'm a newbie so what do I know?
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05/31/2006 03:31:11 PM
Very well done Pixie like
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05/31/2006 03:14:45 PM
Wow, this really is magical! I love the lighting and the "fairy dust" falling from the flower.
05/31/2006 11:52:02 AM
Great flower picture with good lightning :o)
05/31/2006 10:16:19 AM
wow this is beautiful!
05/31/2006 05:31:20 AM
This is one of the most beautitul florals I've ever seen. Magnificent.
05/31/2006 04:52:56 AM
Tack sharp focus and good use of lighting. I really like the glow it emits
05/31/2006 02:26:19 AM
i want to know the setup and ezuipment here. beautiful.
05/31/2006 12:20:50 AM
Beautiful lighting!
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