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Stargazer Lily
Stargazer Lily
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Flowers (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Rock City, Chattanooga, TN, USA
Date: Jul 1, 2006
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jul 2, 2006

A stargazer lily that I photographed at Rock City in Chattanooga, TN on 7/1/06

Shot handheld with 50mm f/1.8

Statistics
Place: 286 out of 375
Avg (all users): 5.0000
Avg (commenters): 3.7500
Avg (participants): 4.9308
Avg (non-participants): 5.1452
Views since voting: 678
Views during voting: 242
Votes: 192
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0


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07/16/2006 09:26:04 PM
Thanks!

No post processing was done except for cropping. This was my second submission aside from the "Straight from Camera" challenge so I wasn't sure what/if any editing was allowed so I erred on the side of caution and didn't do any (besides the crop).

07/16/2006 11:10:53 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

First Impression:
Nice vivid coloring in the flower. Background is a bit busy and distracting. I like the angle, it's a bit different than a plain old straight flower, but overall the photo still doesn't have a lot of "wow" to bump up the score.

Composition/Background:
As I mentioned in my first impression, I like the angle (though some folks aren't such a big fan of that), and the background is a bit busy for me. I like the bokeh you got from the ground, but I find the blues and oranges (people?) a bit unnatural. I also can't quite figure out what the blue-green thing is on the stem of the flower... a ribbon? My suggestions would have been to shoot from a slightly higher angle to avoid getting the people in the background, or to maybe have cropped a bit more from the bottom and right so that the flower itself isn't so centered.

Technicals:
Looks like you had some nice lighting here with the flower petals getting the majority of it. You handled it nicely, with only a few tiny areas of the white being blown out. Focus seems sharp on the flower as it should be and the dof is well done.

Post Processing:
Not sure what post processing went into this shot since you made no mention of it in your Photographer's Comments. Perhaps a slightly different crop would have helped to not only remove some of the busy background, but also would have given us more of a look at the interesting details of the flower itself. Also, a slight run through the USM filter might help to sharpen it up a bit.

Last Thoughts:
A nice photo, but in a challenge where voters are looking at hundreds of flowers, to get a higher score you really need to make yours stand out which is why I think your score ended up at a 5.000. Seems that two of the commenters from the voting period also found the background to be a distraction, which is something to keep in mind when framing your picture before you click the shutter.

I hope you found this critique helpful. Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/09/2006 11:30:51 AM
Excellent!
07/05/2006 04:22:42 PM
Great photo. Colors are really nice. Great job!
07/05/2006 03:16:31 AM
There's something about the focus that makes my eye wander all over the frame unable to settle down. It's a bit disorienting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/03/2006 01:58:57 AM
Good Job!
07/03/2006 01:48:05 AM
Would probably be better if there weren't human legs in the background


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