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Ying & Yang the Balance of Nature
Ying & Yang the Balance of Nature

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Challenge: Zen Photography (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Challenge Outcasts
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Location: Palmview Nursery at Palmview
Date: Jul 27, 2006
Aperture: 8.00
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Abstract, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2006

With the "Zen" principles in mind, Wind, Sky, Water, Earth, Nature, Plants, Animals, Flowers, Rocks, are all elements of "Zen".
I choose the quietness, and the stillness of the palm fronds leaves, overlapping each other, in a very quiet serine way, looking at the Balance of Nature.
The overlapping leaves, forms layers in texture and colortones, harmonously balanced, and so beautifully matched in every way.

Place: 172 out of 329
Avg (all users): 5.5074
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.3661
Avg (non-participants): 5.6813
Views since voting: 947
Views during voting: 296
Votes: 203
Comments: 19
Favorites: 3 (view)

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08/08/2006 02:16:26 PM
Hi Shez,
I think that Sammie has a point about the frond in the front appearing to block your eye from the image...the tones and the composition are interesting; keep testing those creative waters with your camera, as Ansel Adams used to say, "When I look at a fine photograph, sometimes I can hear music."...well, when I look at your agave images I hear Bach and Chopin...
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08/07/2006 05:44:25 PM
Hi Sherpet.. I wanted to tell you that your plant photos are beautiful. I do think that repetition plays a part in how things score, but not as much as you think with this one in particular. There's a lot of pattern and rhythm in this photo, which don't really gel with the zen no-mind. If the composition seemed less orderly and a little more random, it might have done better. It doesn't make it any less beautiful, just perhaps not quite the right fit for this particular challenge, which was a challenging and frustrating one in which to participate and vote since everyone has such different concepts of what zen means and all of them correct. Don't stop taking photos, k?
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08/07/2006 01:50:48 PM
Dear Sherpet,

Please don't be too disappointed in your score - I always feel if one of my pictures ends up anywhere around the middle that I've done quite, quite well.

I thought this picture might be yours while voting on the challenge, I recognize and like your style! However, this picture just doesn't say "Zen" to me - the palm frond in the front of the picture is almost like a hand over your face preventing you from seeing what is behind. To me, that palm frond in the front just really made it seem like something that was blocking my vision and preventing me from seeing - which is very UNzen.

I hope so much that you won't feel disappointed and stop taking pictures around your house and garden for challenges - lots and lots of people on DPC get known for taking certain types of pictures; bearmusic and his marshes, Zoomdak and his Canon Beach, Me and my dunes!!

Photography brings you such pleasure, I hope you don't give it up till it is actually a physical impossibility for you. Please don't feel upset or disappointed today about your picture or reading the threads.

Your Friend,
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08/07/2006 01:25:37 PM
Another beautiful "Sherpet Wonder" of this beautiful plant. This looks way too pretty and zenlike to have been rated 5.5! Keep up your great work, Shez! You're awesome!
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08/07/2006 11:25:41 AM
Way underrated. I think this was the color choice to go with. The other versions are nice as well but the greens just feel better. You should have scored and placed much higher.
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08/07/2006 06:54:00 AM
Had an idea this might have been yours Sheryl. This deserved a higher finish...a lovely shot you should be proud of
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08/07/2006 05:37:30 AM
rediculously underrated. maybe if you had rotated it 90 or 45 degrees ccw it would have stood out a bit more. 8 from me.
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08/07/2006 12:55:20 AM
52% of the vote, not brilliant but good, maybe a little too close to the camera to be calm enough for Zen, just a thought.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2006 11:08:10 PM
love the different patterns of lines! the coloring is so soft and peaceful!
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08/04/2006 10:20:55 PM
Maybe drift the center of the background plant down and to the left a little. Very nice.
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08/03/2006 09:28:50 PM
This is so beautiful, and I love the way the front leaves go opposite to the back leaves. They remind me of fans that open and close. Great focus!!
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08/03/2006 06:32:41 PM
I like the greens but can't make out where the focus is in the image?
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08/03/2006 09:09:35 AM
the plant with fingers
will lose hold. 5
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08/03/2006 08:47:59 AM
Very nice work. Great idea to cross the lines. Excellent composition, great colors and fits the challenge perfectly. I hope (and expect) this one to do well for you (whoever this may be). Bumping up.
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08/01/2006 01:30:34 PM
This must be Sherpet!
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07/31/2006 05:27:21 PM
This is a striking composition of a beautiful plant. As little as I know about "zen photography", this looks like something that very much would fit. Nice job.
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07/31/2006 07:57:33 AM
this is superb...you have created interest by the different direction of the leaves (?) ove the colour and the composition 9
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07/31/2006 03:21:25 AM
Interesting perspective for this challenge, hope it does well.
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