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Challenge: Green II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: in my garden
Date: Jun 4, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 4, 2006

flip canvas horizontal - levels - curves - hue/saturation - crop - red & green photofilter - brightness/contrast - USM

the idea of stitching a leaf together isn't my own idea, I saw it a while ago while surfing. I was shooting the leaf alone, but it was dull. After 10 shots or so, I thought: this idea could use a little twist, and the next thing the lady bug sat next to the leaf. I hopped it onto the leaf and started shooting.
I know the stitching looks a bit wacky, but this was the best I could do with the stuff I had at home.

This is the final result, and I'm very happy with it!

Place: 76 out of 453
Avg (all users): 5.9328
Avg (commenters): 6.8889
Avg (participants): 5.8017
Avg (non-participants): 6.0530
Views since voting: 982
Views during voting: 347
Votes: 253
Comments: 11
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/16/2006 02:44:49 AM
From the Critique Club

OK keeping it real here! I think your photograph looks good and defiantly meet the challenge. I think the separation of the leaf and stitching back together is neat. I have not seen that before and It looks good. You focal point is good and the lighting is great. But I do have a few issues with the photograph that IMO kept it from going above 6.

1. I think the DOF is a little to shallow. I would of loved to see the complete leaf and stitching in focus.

2. To be honest and I maybe wrong but the lady bug looks fake. The reflection across the back is sold from one wing to the other and should be separated as the wings are.

3. The straight line on the cut leaf seams to me it would of been better, compositionally, if it was on more of a tilt in relation to the photograph instead of the top ending up near center.

Overall a good photograph that meet the challenge. Good light with good color along with creativity pushed your score upward. A few minor adjustments and I believe it would of ended up in the 6 club.

I hope you find this critique helpful and if you have any questions feel free to contact me.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/13/2006 02:26:14 PM
Neat effect! Love the bug!
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06/09/2006 12:57:06 PM
the ladybug is fake. ( me: glare)
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06/08/2006 10:22:45 PM
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06/08/2006 09:31:55 PM
Good idea and well executed. I think that the string alone evokes enough thought. I would have done without the bug, or am I missing the point? Great job nonetheless. Like it.
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06/07/2006 10:06:22 PM
a little over contrasty, but good comp and balance.
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06/07/2006 06:45:56 PM
I love this one. Very cool work ;)
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06/07/2006 08:51:27 AM
great shot. love the creativity with the leaf and the color brilliance brought out by the contrast.
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06/07/2006 08:34:51 AM
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06/07/2006 07:05:08 AM
The focusing bothers me a bit...
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06/07/2006 04:09:43 AM
Although I like this, the line running in the leaf under the ladybug is distracting to me.
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