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Yellow Cup
Yellow Cup

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Challenge: Silky-Smooth (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro
Location: New York
Date: May 9, 2007
Aperture: F11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: May 9, 2007

Grabbed this today before all it's petals fall off for the season

Place: 89 out of 144
Avg (all users): 5.1575
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 4.9310
Avg (non-participants): 5.2186
Views since voting: 652
Views during voting: 376
Votes: 273
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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05/24/2007 01:56:57 AM
Hey there from the Critique Club

First of all, welcome to DPChallenge. Congrats on tossing in that first entry. Now, we look forward to many, many more.

Camera Work/Technical: I think that choosing f/11 for this shot was a pretty good idea, thus trying to keep all aspects of the image nicely focused. Even still, it looks like you were a bit too close to the flower by the fact that you lost focus on the petal in the front.

Lighting: Your lighting isn't bad, especially for the harsh, natural lighting that you chose to shoot in. Still though, the lighting is a touch on the hard side, with bright highlights and hard shadows. This really takes away from the silky-smooth feel that you were going for.

Composition/Content: While I'm no stickler for the 'rules' of photography, I do feel that this is far too centered for such a common-place image. You'll find that pictures of flowers and other common subjects will suffer in their score around here unless the image and the composition are both very spectacular. I do agree with dtremain that this would have been stronger with a square crop.

My Opinion: 5.15 is a pretty strong place to start with a first entry. That leaves much room for improvement, but it also shows that the voters didn't absolutely hate what you offered.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a critique on your entry,
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/19/2007 01:57:34 PM
would have been better with a square crop.
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05/18/2007 10:07:29 AM
the yellow stands out and is very eye grabing
05/18/2007 07:40:00 AM
A very attractive choice of flower. The varying degrees of direct lighting and shadow play an interesting contrast, however the light level between the two is a bit too severe. A better choice in treating the background could also improve the image - while an indistinct backdrop makes a photo interesting in this case I don't have a clear idea what the background is (I think it's running water?)
05/17/2007 07:57:23 PM
I like the vibrance of the yellow
05/16/2007 05:56:16 PM
Beautiful flower. A little too much contrast in the shot for me. You might try taking the picture a little later when the sun isn't directly striking the subject.
05/16/2007 02:55:02 PM
a little bit too centered, IMO. Otherwise a nice shot
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/16/2007 12:46:39 AM
Really really great. The colors are fabulous and I love the bit of red to contrast the yellow. I wish your angle was a bit different and this could be perfect.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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