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Sea of Ruffles
Sea of Ruffles

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Purple II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon PowerShot SD400
Location: Oklahoma
Date: Sep 23, 2006
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 1/250 sec
Shutter: 1/251 sec
Galleries: Floral
Date Uploaded: Sep 23, 2006

Up close picture of a flowering bush, in natural light in the shade of the house.

Place: 226 out of 290
Avg (all users): 4.4845
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 4.1980
Avg (non-participants): 4.6688
Views since voting: 555
Views during voting: 327
Votes: 258
Comments: 4
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10/09/2006 06:47:45 AM
Hello from the Critique Club,

There is no doubt that this image meets the challenge, as it is about as purple as purple can get. So why did it score so low? Primarily because the image has no real focal point to hold the viewer's attention. With the frame almost entirely consisting of the same color and shapes, the eye naturally goes to the upper left hand corner of the image to find something that is different. One way to add a focal point in an image like this is to have one particular flower in sharp focus while the other are blurred (And don't forget the rule of thirds when doing this). You would probably need to use the macro mode on your camera to achieve this effect.

Besides this compositional issue with your entry, there are a couple of technical / post processing things that could be improved. The image really doesn't have any area that is sharply focused. My guess is that you did not sharpen this image after you downsized it for the challenge. Most people use USM (Unsharp Mask) or a light-sharpening step after they downsize. You made the right decision to shoot these flowers in the shade, as it is very easy to get blown highlights off the pedals if shot in bright sun. However when shot in the shade, a little post processing work is required to get the pop back in the colors. This can be achieved using levels and contrast or with curves. The easiest method would be to increase the gamma in levels (the middle slider) then increase the contrast and decrease the brightness.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding this critique or the post processing methods discussed.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/28/2006 04:11:35 PM
Looks a bit blue on my monitor, but interesting.
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09/28/2006 07:38:00 AM
Nice colour. I think this would have been better if the flower had filled the entire frame. Focus is off at the top left hand corner.
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09/27/2006 09:30:12 AM
Interesting closeup. The focus looks just a little soft, and in the deeper colored areas, you can see noise.
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