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Valley of Thorns
3rd PlaceValley of Thorns

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Abstract Macro II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon MF Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D PC
Location: bedroom
Date: Sep 24, 2006
Aperture: 43
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 24, 2006

2 flashes (R200) just behind/above symmetrically relative to the cactus. A diffuser was placed in front of the flashes to soften the light slightly. Not much editing: remove some spider webs, sharpened some thorns, contrasted, white balanced, saturated.

This is San Pedro, cousin of the good ol' Peyote cactus.

Place: 3 out of 285
Avg (all users): 6.8698
Avg (commenters): 7.9000
Avg (participants): 6.7222
Avg (non-participants): 7.0380
Views since voting: 9046
Views during voting: 277
Votes: 169
Comments: 52
Favorites: 14 (view)

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03/02/2012 02:52:26 PM
they just announced a puzzle macro challenge this week, and so I was looking through the previous puzzle macro challenges. this one looked quite familiar.
10/05/2006 05:02:32 AM
Congrats on your yellow ribbon, great shot!
10/05/2006 12:03:56 AM
this is brilliant. What a great title and the lighting and texture is flawless.
10/04/2006 09:12:50 PM
great lighting
10/04/2006 07:07:16 PM
Ouch. It hurts to look at, even after a half dozen time. :-)
10/03/2006 10:42:10 AM
Keep up the awesome Psychedelia, dudeeee!
10/03/2006 08:12:11 AM
Very nice shot! Doesn't look like a San Pedro though. The spines are too long. It is a peruvian torch which is also a relative of the good old peyote but with double the levels of intoxents.
10/02/2006 10:51:46 PM
Congrats on your ribbon!
10/02/2006 05:51:17 PM
Congrats on your ribbon, great shot!
10/02/2006 10:53:46 AM
Congrats, nice image!
10/02/2006 10:30:36 AM
this photo is definitly cool.
10/02/2006 08:10:55 AM
Excellent shot!!! Congratulations!!!
10/02/2006 08:05:14 AM
Felicitation! What a great shot!
10/02/2006 06:16:31 AM
Congratulations on your Ribbon!
10/02/2006 04:36:28 AM
extremely good, congratz !
10/02/2006 03:46:31 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Love the lighting on this.
10/02/2006 03:45:07 AM
not in the least bit suprised. good work
10/02/2006 02:27:34 AM
Great sharpness and lighting. Congrats on the yellow.
10/02/2006 02:24:56 AM
good job aleks!!
10/02/2006 12:19:37 AM
Very nicely done, sir! Congrats on ribbon!
10/02/2006 12:19:16 AM
Very nice photograph, congrats on earning your ribbon!
10/02/2006 12:14:29 AM
Master Labuda at it again! What a vision for the unique and what expert attention to detail. Congratulations on your Yellow.
10/02/2006 12:12:13 AM
Great shot! Congratulations dude.
10/02/2006 12:10:19 AM
love the sharpness and the subject...congrats :-)
10/02/2006 12:09:03 AM
Su-weet! And sharp, so visceral. Congrats on the ribbon!
10/02/2006 12:08:23 AM
Congrats. I had this one ranked up at the top but wasn't sure if you'd get dinged by not being abstract enough.
10/02/2006 12:07:40 AM
Bravo. Excellent image!!! Congrats.
10/02/2006 12:04:02 AM
Very sharp image....congrats.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/01/2006 08:23:47 PM
nice clean shot, well done
10/01/2006 08:06:04 PM
Excellent. I like how you made this into an abstract.
10/01/2006 10:22:26 AM
Excellent light on this one :)
09/30/2006 03:44:16 AM
This is just so good, and so sharp, just like the thorns in this image.....
09/29/2006 07:40:57 PM
I really like this shot. Really lovely, clean lines with fantastic clarity around the spikes.
09/29/2006 08:33:40 AM
ouch! nice shot. :o)
09/29/2006 03:45:51 AM
Terrific detail and a good macro which is close to abstract. Wish the foreground was not quite so dark, but the sharpness of the shot and how that relates to the subject really makes this. Great title too.
09/28/2006 09:43:03 PM
Not sure I'll vote this challenge, but this is an awesome shot. Very cool. Goin on my favorites.
09/28/2006 01:15:09 PM
Back to comment. Great detail and lighting. While maybe not abstract enough for most I think this pic works well. Very nice work. Bumpin gto an 8.
09/28/2006 07:11:30 AM
Very dpc-friendly image :) the great gradient shadow to black and texturous details are pleasing regardless of the fact that the color is perfect too.. Well done.
09/28/2006 06:46:07 AM
great lighting makes this look like an alien landscape
09/27/2006 01:16:46 PM
You clearly have a mastery of lighting and composition that has turned a simple photo into something exceptional. If you don't ribbon with this, I'll... well, I won't do anything, but I'll be very disappointed.
09/26/2006 07:26:55 PM
Very organic, almost humanistic in a way..
09/26/2006 01:19:54 PM
very nice
09/26/2006 01:47:32 AM
i like everything. 9
09/25/2006 08:28:24 PM
Great lighting!
09/25/2006 06:37:38 PM
nice lighting
09/25/2006 04:12:23 PM
looks like a WWI embattlement.
09/25/2006 03:09:40 PM
Very nice and deadly looking! 9
09/25/2006 12:53:50 AM
One of the few tack sharp macros. I love this. Excellent lighting too. The first 10 I've seen.
09/25/2006 12:46:44 AM
Excellent lighting and nice composition. This one should do really well, though I wonder how it will be received as an abstract persay. Good luck.
09/25/2006 12:45:48 AM
excellent shot - should score realy well!
09/25/2006 12:42:51 AM
Expert lighting in this shot, it really makes it stand out. Good composition and focus throughout the image.
09/25/2006 12:08:31 AM
Wow great Abstract and lighting

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