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Gone to Seed
Gone to Seed

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Challenge: Seed (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Canon
Location: Champaign, IL
Date: Sep 15, 2006
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250 sec.
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Sep 17, 2006

A thistle plant gone to seed.

Editing done:
Contrast Filter:Red
Clone out distracting element at bottom left
Resize for web

Place: 39 out of 163
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Views since voting: 945
Views during voting: 215
Votes: 143
Comments: 5
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09/29/2006 01:10:50 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Hi Marty,

First of all congratulations on your highest scoring shot to date :o)


I like the placement of the thistle to one side of the frame and the angle of the stem helps lead the viewer to the 'seeds'. I would agree with one of the comments below, the light patches in the background are a little distracting, particularly in the top left. Maybe getting a very slight higher angle and tilting the camera down a little would have enabled you to lose the white parts and just have the greens in the background?

I also think the thistle head on the right would look better if is was completely in the frame, as it is at the moment it leaves me wishing I could see the rest of it.


Excellent DOF, the blurred dark greens really help the white of the 'seeds' stand out. You have captured some lovely detail and textures in the stem and thistle heads but I do think it could do with being sharpened a little.

Hope this helps.

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 10:06:23 AM
Nice photo -
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09/24/2006 01:44:33 AM
Amazing capture. I enjoyed this photograph.
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09/19/2006 11:19:50 PM
pretty textures, nice blurred background.
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09/19/2006 03:11:23 AM
tender, nut the lights in teh backgound could be missed
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