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purple haze
purple haze

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Challenge: Purple II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Federal Way, WA (Seattle)
Date: Sep 26, 2006
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1.3sec
Galleries: Floral
Date Uploaded: Sep 26, 2006

This one was fun... stuck a cut flower by it's stem into a plastic jar (through a hole). Submersed it in water, along with a small fog-mist pump with purple LED's. In my lightbox, but only lit by a small flashlight directly onto the flower. The glow from the LED's was strong enough for the ambient light. Was going to do a macro shot, but ended up using my 70-200 from about 6' away.

pp (in CS2):
selective color
smart sharpen
add border

(seems like a lot, but they were really only minor touches in each)

I'm sure there'll be a ton of great entries in this one... hope it holds it's own! :O)

Place: 29 out of 290
Avg (all users): 6.1095
Avg (commenters): 8.2727
Avg (participants): 5.8641
Avg (non-participants): 6.2500
Views since voting: 888
Views during voting: 387
Votes: 283
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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10/10/2006 07:36:59 AM
Hello from the Critique Club,

Congratulations on a very solid score on this image. Your idea for this challenge was very creative. There are a couple of small technical issues that prevented this from making it into the top twenty. First, the composition looks a little unbalanced, as the negative space above the flower is taller than the stem of the flower. I think the square crop might not have been the best choice for this image. Second, your lighting is very effective except for the flashlight you used on the flower. This produced a couple of hot spots that almost look like pollen or something lying on the flower. If you could have found a way to bounce this light or diffuse it somehow, it really would have given you a bit more flexibility in post processing to bring more pop to the purple in the flower.

I really would like to encourage you to revisit this image now that you aren't handcuffed by the basic editing rules. By changing the crop and tweaking the flower, you will have something worthy of hanging on your wall. Nicely done.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding this critique.


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/03/2006 09:43:08 PM
Beautiful lighting and color. Composition might be stronger if pansy stem were a bit longer.
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10/03/2006 07:46:21 PM
I love the colors and the composition. The bit of blue in the corner is the touch which makes the composition very special.
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10/01/2006 07:12:27 AM
it would look better if less black area is shown.. nice effect on the bottom of the pic :)
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09/30/2006 12:52:41 PM
wonderful purple haze...nice photo
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09/29/2006 04:01:56 PM
Excellent shot. Hope it does well for you.
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09/29/2006 11:08:25 AM
This is wonderful!!! how did you get the purple haze? Please share your secrets!!! :)
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09/28/2006 11:09:08 PM
Great. I like you make it stick out from the mist in the bottom. Well executed.
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09/28/2006 01:57:22 PM
Wow!!!!!!! My pick for #1 of all the flower shots. . . in fact, I think this is my #1 pick for ALL of the shots I've seen so far! Flawless beauty. The dreamy bottom just makes this photo. 10
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09/28/2006 02:22:41 AM
Very nice and suits the challenge.....
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09/27/2006 04:29:00 PM
now this floral stands out from the rest for sure...great mist and that background is all perfect....lighting is good and all you needed was a little more texture and clarity..6
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09/27/2006 05:01:13 AM
Beautifully lit.
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