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Challenge: Free Study XIII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Challenges 2006
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro for Nikon
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: Sep 9, 2006
Aperture: f/ 9.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30 sec.
Galleries: Black and White, Floral
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2006

Mann! You must be in-freakin'-sane. ANother flower? Oy!

Answer: Yes....I am.

I chose this because it won more than to date than anything else I shot in September. AND because I finally got a response from the florist when I sent it to him. Others have gone unanswered....very telling.

I was hesistant to go BW on this one because the petals of the flowers were Deep purples and dark blues. But I think it translated very nicely.

Post: Layer adjustments for levels, brightness/contrast and hue/saturation. Clean up with clone or the healing brush of dust spots and specs from the middle being shaken in transport. Sharpen. Convert to greyscale with layers of hue/saturation, levels and brightness contrast. From its first presentations, I cleaned up an area of the petal near the left top corner and cloned a hot spot upper mid right. Resize. USM.

Statistics
Place: 45 out of 615
Avg (all users): 6.4709
Avg (commenters): 8.3158
Avg (participants): 6.4286
Avg (non-participants): 6.5918
Views since voting: 1143
Views during voting: 265
Votes: 189
Comments: 29
Favorites: 4 (view)


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10/12/2006 09:40:16 AM
This is fab. Not a bad finish either. I love the depth and rich tones.
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10/12/2006 09:13:36 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Yowza! How's that for an initial reaction? And may I add that you're not insane - you're a genius when it comes to flowers.

First thing I did after reading your comments was look for the color original - it is indeed a lovely picture but I very much prefer the black and white presentation. Your conversion is excellent - there's nothing flat about this. It's delightfully rich and the center practically glows. As with most of your work with flowers, your ability to harness light and capture the fine detail throughout the range truly make this outstanding, particularly in the dark petals. In fact, when I look between the two (color, this one) the conversion actually enhances the velvet feel of the petals.

Score and placement are quite good for a flower in a free study, but it's the score from commenters that's most telling - these are the people who really stopped to look and appreciate this photograph.

I'd love to offer some form of constructive advice but really none is needed here. It's been a pleasure to draw this to critique!

Feel free to contact me via PM should you have any questions.
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10/08/2006 01:51:19 PM
granted that this one is good too...just not really sure what it is you know!!!
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10/08/2006 09:30:13 AM
This is great--I love the choice of B&W here and the overall feel. Wonderful work (as always) Robert!
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10/08/2006 08:13:34 AM
awesome b/w! Fantastic work Robert!
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10/08/2006 08:12:20 AM
Thanks Jen and Becky! And thank you for all the great comments during the challenge. This was my best free study showing yet. Becky, per your request, here is the color version:

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10/08/2006 01:51:20 AM
I love this one! Would also love to see the color version, pretty please?
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10/08/2006 12:18:06 AM
This is stunning Robert, just stunning!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/06/2006 09:35:10 PM
Beautiful tones nad textures.
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10/06/2006 11:30:40 AM
Very nice indeed.
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10/06/2006 01:04:51 AM
wonderful lighting
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10/05/2006 02:06:54 AM
unique - very professional
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10/04/2006 09:41:48 PM
perfect 10 from me, love the tones :)
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10/04/2006 08:16:35 PM
Such beauty! I like the black and white also.
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10/03/2006 11:48:02 PM
Beautiful! Great range and concentrated focus!
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10/03/2006 05:45:41 PM
Outstanding black & white! Well done!
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10/03/2006 09:39:59 AM
I like the b/w treatment and framing. 8.
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10/02/2006 09:23:23 PM
super fabulous b&w.. but I bet you already knew that! ; ) 10
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10/02/2006 01:32:32 PM
great textures and DOF
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10/02/2006 07:37:45 AM
Stunning shot with perfect light.
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10/02/2006 06:00:37 AM
Nice idea.
Great BW.
Perfect focus.
9.
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10/02/2006 03:13:02 AM
very good
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10/01/2006 06:45:49 PM
Stunning!!
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10/01/2006 06:18:56 PM
Love the contrast and detail of the center.
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10/01/2006 03:22:25 PM
Excellent clarity to this photo, but it is the b&w contrast that is totally awesome. Great job!
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10/01/2006 01:04:48 PM
nice light
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10/01/2006 07:13:05 AM
Good B&W image, nice tones.
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10/01/2006 03:50:46 AM
hmm, rich in detail and very contrasty...I'd say you nailed this just about as well as can be done.
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10/01/2006 01:32:30 AM
can't explain why..but I think i'd like this with a wider aperature so that entire flower was the same as the center...However, the image does pop somewhat...gl in challenge 8
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