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Challenge: Silky-Smooth (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro for Canon
Location: Austin, TX
Date: May 14, 2007
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: May 14, 2007

This is my first challenge and i am so curious to see what happens! I fell in love with this lotus and spent time everyday this week trying to find its most perfect moment. it has been quite fun!

Place: 40 out of 144
Avg (all users): 5.8392
Avg (commenters): 5.4444
Avg (participants): 5.6290
Avg (non-participants): 5.8973
Views since voting: 1013
Views during voting: 464
Votes: 286
Comments: 18
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/07/2007 03:20:52 PM
Wow! I love it.
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06/30/2007 04:28:04 AM
This is totally unique, totally silky smooth, and so sweet..... Love the reflection, and you are now my friend to..... I have added you as a favorite.....
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05/26/2007 10:13:53 PM
Yaaaaay!!!!! Go mom!!!!!!
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05/26/2007 05:02:01 PM
Hello from the Critique club, my name is Jon Rowe, and i will be looking at your image this evening :)

Composition/Lighting : i think the composition really works here. the bulb and the pad on the left are positioned well on th horizontal third line, and i love the DOF you used here.

Challenge : I think this met the challenge nicely. you should be proud of this, especially for it to be a first challenge entry. you even received two favorites, something some take months to achieve. GREAT JOB!

Conclusion : i really like this. i think the only thing that i could give my opinion on where i would change this is to possible increase the contrast a little to make the bulb stand out a little more, and maybe a TAD sharping overall. with this being your first entry, i'm sure to see more quality work coming from you. great job, and keep up the great work.

Keep on shootin!

Good luck on your future challenges:)
-Jon Rowe
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05/23/2007 11:38:35 PM
nice photo, the only thing I'd point out is that it seems like your camera focused on the leaf to the left side instead of the bud coming out of the water. I love the DOF and the composition - aside from the basic editing rules, you might play around with selective blurring or dodging and burning and different coloring techniques. very nice first entry
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05/23/2007 10:12:14 AM
Annie Yayyyy!!! You did GOOD for your first jump into the voting pool! I am so excited to see how awesome you are going to do here. Your style and execution are VERY DPC friendly!

Congratulations on a QUITE respectable first showing, Sister!

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05/23/2007 06:21:42 AM
Annie -this is just beautiful!! I Love the silkiness of the water, the reflectiion of the lotus, the rich colors(the pink is so so pretty) and how crystal clear and in focus this is.
Not a bad score for your first entry!! You did GREAT!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/21/2007 08:31:24 PM
cool, abstract, enticing.
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05/20/2007 02:03:37 AM
Now this is what a still life should be! I love the silkiness of the water as well as the mirror-like reflection. This photo was very well done as far as focal clarity, depth of field and balance. If anything...I think maybe I might have liked the blossom to have been a bigger part of the photograph... but I have been accused of being strange before! :) Good shot (8)
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05/19/2007 06:35:56 AM
mmm with levels adjustements you can obtain a better image. this is a bit "cold" and a bit dark.
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05/18/2007 09:48:15 PM
This was a hard one for me (excuse the pun).. :) A beautiful pic with no silk in sight
05/18/2007 04:29:24 PM
nice depth of field and well exposed. a bit more saturation or vibrance might have added some pop
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05/18/2007 11:28:11 AM
Very cool looking.
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05/17/2007 12:42:41 PM
What a great photo. It's so peaceful and serene. The title fits it perfectly.
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05/17/2007 11:04:31 AM
Nice angle. It creates a very interesting view. And this image definately looks silky and smooth.
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05/16/2007 09:25:13 PM
it is hard to tell what is it
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05/16/2007 10:56:44 AM
Very nice image. I love the angle. Good job!
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05/16/2007 07:10:31 AM
great shot of the 'flow' around the flower. I am distracted by the 4 spots bottom center up to left middle
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