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Challenge: Centered Composition II (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Date: Dec 30, 2006
Aperture: f/11.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Floral
Date Uploaded: Dec 31, 2006

Gerber sticked onto the plate with some play-doh, filled with window-cleaning liquid.
To me one of the most beautiful images I ever made. Still afraid, voters will "dnmc", 'cause the plates are not in the center (though the flower is perfectly centered). So I'm hoping for a 6.8ish score.

Editing: not much - levels, hue/sat for reds and yellows, selective color for blues, cyans and whites. Some dodging and burning of the background to correct the uneven lighting (one flash with umbrella from left, small reflector from top right), cloned out an unwanted refection. Resize, USM, NeatImage, border added.

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Wow, way better than I expected. Thankies for all the nice comments and votes!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 415
Avg (all users): 7.2028
Avg (commenters): 8.0455
Avg (participants): 6.9882
Avg (non-participants): 7.3465
Views since voting: 9887
Views during voting: 346
Votes: 212
Comments: 65
Favorites: 65 (view)


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04/02/2008 12:49:46 AM
Im not a big fan of still life studio photos, but this is amazing!
what a great composition
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08/26/2007 09:00:40 AM
This is a very striking image. Love the colors and shapes in this photo. The white hues of the plate really complement and make the red shades bolder and vibrant. Love how you have a three-tiered circle shape stacked up - the white plate, the white bowl and then the red flower. These three circles are stacked within a square format photo - the square format works here because not only does it introduce another shape but it keeps the eye squarely & tightly focused on the main subjects of the photograph. Well done!
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05/02/2007 02:49:33 AM
So i just ran across this picture again and remembered how awesome I thought it was before and I just wanted to finally put down a comment that I adore the crisp colors and excellent composition here. Fantastic photo I gave it a 10
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01/25/2007 12:27:29 PM
wow!!! This is awesome!! I really like this picture. I'm seriously considering buying one!
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01/22/2007 04:28:35 PM
A brilliant composition with just the right amount of tension. The colors are well balanced.
Congrats.
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01/14/2007 06:06:55 PM
a fantastic composition with circles all over the place to add interest...the colour is so complementary...another Oliver's Twist!
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01/14/2007 04:33:41 AM
Originally posted by optikalblitz:


things i hate:
_ don't have it hanging on my wall.



should be easy to solve - buy a print!
01/14/2007 12:40:29 AM
here's congrats on the ribbon first of all.

things i love:
_ non-concentric circles
_ centering of the flower, but not really
_ the decidedly RED nature of the photo, fore and background
_ the use of blue in contrast

it looks meticulously constructed and beautifully lit, and i'm floored by the amount of depth and vibrancy that the shadows give this image.

things i hate:
_ don't have it hanging on my wall.

/sorry to gush, i'm a newbie and this has inspired me.
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01/13/2007 07:25:50 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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01/13/2007 06:36:25 PM
all aspects of this photograph are amazing!
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01/13/2007 12:23:36 PM
LOve the colors and great job, Congrats!
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01/13/2007 01:06:30 AM
Perfect balance by meeting the challenge in a dynamic way. Congrats!
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01/12/2007 11:19:03 AM
Second place, well done. Was one of my favorits.
01/11/2007 09:33:34 PM
Look like something you migth see in a Target ad..Very nice
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01/11/2007 07:19:18 PM
Congratulations! This is a beautiful image! What a wonderful way to think differently, and then to execute and deliver! Love it!

:)
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01/11/2007 05:42:34 PM
This is great! Many congratulations.
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01/11/2007 10:24:04 AM
Don't know why I love this so....perhaps because it's simple....no, simply beautiful!
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01/11/2007 06:53:58 AM
not centering the plates was truly a stroke of genius. i have no idea why i love it, but i do. i don't think I would have ever thought of that. amazing shot!
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01/10/2007 02:25:43 PM
Originally posted by lynnmarie:

Beautiful work! Did my "plate of pasta" entry last week inspire you? :)


To be honest: not at all. Though it's a cool shot (i think I already mentioned that)
01/10/2007 01:32:33 PM
Awesome shot. Fantastic color & composition. Really inspiring image.
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01/10/2007 12:04:39 PM
Beautiful work! Did my "plate of pasta" entry last week inspire you? :)
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01/10/2007 11:34:36 AM
This is really beautiful, congrats on creating such a striking image! Not easy to light either..good job mate!
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01/10/2007 11:07:58 AM
This has got to be one of my all time favourite shots on the site.

It's the very model of balance, composition, patterning, lines, use of colour, subtle lighting.

Elegant simplicity.
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01/10/2007 09:51:09 AM
Originally posted by pekesty:

Very nice graphic art photograph, congratulations on winning the red ribbon! If you're going to coordinate your ribbons with the colors in your photo, you might want to photograph something blue next time.


no, already got the blue with a brown shot - I still need a yellow one (so rate all yellow shots high in the near future)
01/10/2007 09:37:58 AM
Very creative use of window washing fluid!
Congrats!! :o)
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01/10/2007 09:12:26 AM
Very nice graphic art photograph, congratulations on winning the red ribbon! If you're going to coordinate your ribbons with the colors in your photo, you might want to photograph something blue next time.
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01/10/2007 09:07:21 AM
Congratulations on your Ribbon!! Love It!!
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01/10/2007 08:22:33 AM
i love your colors and how it looks off centered untill you really look at it!
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01/10/2007 08:14:39 AM
Oliver what can I say but excellent
thats 2 favs today with this and Beaus
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01/10/2007 06:40:16 AM
Congrats Oliver it had to be red :)
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01/10/2007 04:44:46 AM
Well done Oliver! I like this one because it is only apparently simplistic. Quite a stunning optical effect. Congrats on a personal best.
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01/10/2007 02:55:16 AM
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

That's cool! You got away with it (re: my earlier comment). A vicarious thrill for me :-) Here's the one of the ones I was referring to, that fared nowhere near as well:

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Congrats on ribbon!


Thanks, Bear. Besides I've never seen that, there's a lot of difference, isn't it?
01/10/2007 01:43:58 AM
That's cool! You got away with it (re: my earlier comment). A vicarious thrill for me :-) Here's the one of the ones I was referring to, that fared nowhere near as well:

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Congrats on ribbon!
01/10/2007 01:38:36 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon and highest score so far! Great image, very good job!
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01/10/2007 12:40:12 AM
I like yours better than mine because it make the eye "think"...
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01/10/2007 12:39:12 AM
Very subtle and beautiful image. Congrats on the red.
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01/10/2007 12:32:50 AM
can't get cleaner than this! congrats.
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01/10/2007 12:32:11 AM
Congrats. Very stylish!
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01/10/2007 12:21:43 AM
Congratulations!! Nice framing..
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/09/2007 11:02:57 PM
Great shot. This should do very well. Great idea not centering the plates with the flower being centered. Quite the clever shot :)
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01/09/2007 05:38:04 PM
Great composition and balance, well crafted together. Fits the challenge perfectly.
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01/09/2007 04:51:26 PM
The contrast of the blue and red is great and the lighting is perfect. "9"
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01/09/2007 02:19:23 PM
Very good positioning
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01/09/2007 10:39:38 AM
Love the contrasting white and red. I find the blue center a little distracting even though I know you were meaning it to be a pool of water.
01/09/2007 09:57:32 AM
Gorgeous lighting and colour. I love how the flower is centered while the dishes aren't. It really helps throw your centered composition "off" a little and makes it very pleasing to the eye. Fabulous image.
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01/08/2007 04:58:29 PM
Great, I love that the flower isn't in the center of the plate, but is in the center of the pic.
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01/07/2007 04:38:14 PM
Nice red colors working toghether.
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01/07/2007 03:28:13 PM
good the details on the flower, I like the colours. I don't understand why the crop on the plates. 6
01/07/2007 01:36:15 AM
My favorite in this challenge. Simple, striking, great design and fantastic color. 10
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01/06/2007 06:40:29 PM
Perfect contrast 9
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01/06/2007 02:55:51 AM
perfect colors
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01/06/2007 02:38:23 AM
I like the composition of the plates and the blue...nice clarity
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01/05/2007 08:26:42 PM
Nice 8
01/05/2007 12:49:55 PM
Simple photograph but wonderful colors
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01/04/2007 08:06:29 PM
Great design element here.
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01/04/2007 07:25:24 PM
8 an interesting break of symmetry here.
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01/03/2007 11:07:33 PM
The dishes here add a great dimension to this flower - they really help define the space.
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01/03/2007 09:43:49 PM
Wow - I love the colors, tones, crispness, and the simplicity of this shot! You snuck in a little off-center. Nice work! 8) Insta-favorite!
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01/03/2007 08:20:32 PM
I really love this! Your composition is just perfect for the challenge, the colors well coordinated and the lighting just right Excellent entry!
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01/03/2007 06:53:18 PM
Simple, but elegant.
01/03/2007 05:27:29 PM
Very cool geometric composition! Love the contrast. Very crisp, clean image.
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01/03/2007 02:44:49 PM
Love the title. This is good.
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01/03/2007 03:53:55 AM
I like how you used the dishes to add something extra to the center flower - nice!
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01/03/2007 03:09:23 AM
Excellent shot! I really love the colour contrast; The baby blue really lifts the red of the Gerbera and makes this shot IMO ... Really nice!
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01/03/2007 02:42:50 AM
cool, i loves it :)
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