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Challenge: Pastels (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens: Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di for Nikon
Location: My kitchen
Date: Sep 1, 2006
Aperture: f3.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60th s
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Sep 2, 2006

I'm not a great fan of pastel colours but I ended up loving the pink colour of this flower. The sharp/unsharp effect is pleasing to my eye, just hope the voters like it too.

Place: 114 out of 203
Avg (all users): 5.4725
Avg (commenters): 5.4000
Avg (participants): 5.2941
Avg (non-participants): 5.5789
Views since voting: 1425
Views during voting: 239
Votes: 182
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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09/16/2006 01:29:44 AM
Critique Club Review:

Interesting picture.

I like the color, saturation, brightness, contrast, hue, and lighting.

The background is very good. If the black areas on the right, were more like the areas to the left of the flower, I would like it a bit better. The soft green and blue patterns of the background are great.

The flower itself confuses me. The stem is very sharp where it attaches to the flower, but then the flower goes immediately soft. But then the really soft petal just left of the stem has a really sharp area, and then the petal that appears to be behind the soft petal is sharp again. Thus the flower because of the stem, appears to be facing away, yet a petal that would appear to be further away than the stem or the soft petals appears sharper. I wind up wondering exactly how is this flower built, what parts am I looking at? There just aren't enough visual clues, and the dominat parts around the subject are very soft. So the sharper petal on the left competes with the rest.

All of the above probably lead to some of the other comments you received. You came up with a pleasing picture to my eye. But, I believe the confusion factor cost you points. I can sit here and put all the visual clues in order, and work out the the structure of the piece; but most voters will not devote that kind of time as they look through 200 pictures. The major part of the story has to be told in a few seconds, so that they will stick around for the deeper meaning.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/09/2006 03:33:26 PM
pretty but too soft and not well defined.
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09/07/2006 09:49:42 AM
A little dark
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09/04/2006 10:03:14 AM
nice texture
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09/04/2006 03:42:24 AM
a like the effect (5)
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09/04/2006 02:42:50 AM
Lovely marco work
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