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A Floral Explosion
A Floral Explosion

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Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot SD200
Location: Boonton, NJ
Date: Aug 22, 2006
Aperture: auto
ISO: 400
Shutter: auto
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Aug 27, 2006

Photo taken at 4:45pm with PERFECT natural light. I used all automatic settings, and fell in love with the shot. No post processing, I liked it the way it was.

Place: 471 out of 684
Avg (all users): 5.2927
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.2205
Avg (non-participants): 5.5686
Views since voting: 601
Views during voting: 308
Votes: 246
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/29/2006 05:45:56 PM
The clarity and color of the flower jump off the screen in your picture. I also like the angle that you used to capture the flower. If you have control over your shutter, you may want to go with a lower number (not sure what camera chose for you) to decrease DOF. That would blur the background a bit to keep the focus on your flower. Cropping would also keep focus on your main subject. While your light was good, you may also want to try shooting at different times to see what the light does for color. Also, softer light (clouds) may bring out some more detail in the petals.
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09/08/2006 12:34:06 PM

A great score considering how tough the competition is in a free study challenge. I encourage you to revisit this image and play around with different crops. The center of this flower is exceptional and with the right crop can become a star feature. One crop I would suggest is to put the center section of the flower at the lower right rule of thirds node while removing the red portion of the background on the left edge of the image. This makes the flower appear very 3 dimensional and makes it pop out at the viewer. If you have trouble visualizing my suggestion, send me a PM and I'll post a thumbnail to my comment.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 11:50:01 PM
interesting flower...8
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09/03/2006 09:33:09 PM
Nice colours, very clear. Seems a bit too centered and ordinary
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09/03/2006 04:45:59 PM
Beautiful flower. The background needs to be more abstract (bokeh) so the flower stands out more. Try cropping off more on the right to see what affect you get.
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09/03/2006 09:53:20 AM
Nice one here.....
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09/02/2006 04:15:42 PM
great color and comp. beautiful flower.
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09/02/2006 09:26:18 AM
cool flower. I think it would hasve been nicer with even lighting at maybe a diferetn time of day.
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09/01/2006 09:46:01 PM
Nice title and nice shot. Love your colors here.
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09/01/2006 02:46:36 PM
Very nices shades & levels on this.
Thank you for not over-saturating this, as it is so easy to want to do.
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