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Macro Seed
Macro Seed

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Challenge: Seed (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Flathead Valley, Mt.
Date: Sep 16, 2006
Aperture: F0.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Sep 16, 2006

This is the first time that I tried an extension tube. I
couldn't find any rules against it.Because of the extension
tube the aperture didn't register in the shot history, but I had set it to F5.6 before placing the tube on my camera.
I took several shots and this is the one that I liked the best.
Editing: resize, clone to remove a spot, levels, contrast, and sharpen.

Place: 35 out of 163
Avg (all users): 5.9597
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.8852
Avg (non-participants): 6.0114
Views since voting: 704
Views during voting: 219
Votes: 149
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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09/29/2006 03:58:54 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Hi Dave,

First of all congratulations on your 2nd highest score and great work on your first try with the extension tubes!

Now down to the nitty gritty :o)


I like your choice of background, it really makes the greens of the seed stand out. The mirroring of the first seed with the blurred background seed is a nice idea and both are placed nicely in the frame.

I think portrait format works well here to give the shot a feeling of depth that wouldn't be the same if you had shot this in landscape format


Excellent DOF with lovely detail in the first seed and enough blur on the background seed for the viewer to still know what it is but not be distracted by it. Your use of natural light gives the greens and purples on the seed a nice colour.The only thing I don't like is the slight burn out at the top of the seed.

It could be my eyes but I feel the image could do with a little sharpening to just bring out a bit more of the spikes on the first seed.

My personal thought:

This shot for me, although composed nicely, doesn't have the 'wow' factor of a ribbon winning image. But for your first attempt with the extension tubes you seem to be doing ok to me and I'd suggest sticking with it, you have the techincal abilities to produce some stunning images and I look forward to seeing them in the future.

If you've got any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via the PM system.

- Natalya :o)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/24/2006 07:31:46 PM
Nice macro. Nice echo with the other plant.
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09/23/2006 07:19:59 AM
I like this one..... great focus, and love the DOF.....
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09/19/2006 07:15:33 PM
Interesting texture.
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09/18/2006 10:11:28 PM
This is a beautiful photograph. It would make an amazing print. Great job. I vote a 9.
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