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Looking Up From Below
Looking Up From Below

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Challenge: Macro III (Classic Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: indoor in a mock studio setup
Date: Dec 21, 2003
Aperture: F36
ISO: 200
Shutter: 4.5 sec
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Dec 21, 2003

Perhaps cliche but I hope the angle from which I took this from would make voters think otherwise. Besides, the bottom of this sunflower is more interesting than the top. I wanted to highlight its texture so I used a very small aperture to make the whole subject in focus. The fuzzy texture may look too blurred if a shallow dof was used. In my opinion I used just the right amount of sharpening but some may comment that it's focus is too hard.

Shot with two small lights from the front using a black background, narrow aperture and long exposure.

Post-processed in Photoshop CS. Very little adjustments in cropping, color, levels, cloned a couple or three small white spots, USM applied and border added.

Sigma 70-300mm (macro mode)

Place: 4 out of 165
Avg (all users): 6.7681
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.6907
Avg (non-participants): 6.9512
Views since voting: 2170
Votes: 138
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/15/2004 01:24:38 AM
the detail, color, and light on this are incredible :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/28/2003 04:14:43 PM
This is very beautiful. Everything is excellent except I am not comfortable with the tip of the pedal nearly touching the border. It creates a visual tension that distracts from the rest of the image. Excellent color and textures. -9

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12/28/2003 11:09:00 AM
great sharpness and contrasts very nice.
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12/26/2003 06:49:04 PM
First, my confession - I am partial to flower shots against a black background. That said, this is a great shot, nice framing, great colors, interesting angle.
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12/26/2003 02:50:17 PM
Nice colour and focus, good photo 10 pt
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12/25/2003 06:18:48 PM
Lovely colours, nice shot.
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12/24/2003 05:25:01 AM
Great capture, terrific lighting, good composition, and amazing color.
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12/24/2003 01:24:53 AM
I like the coloring but would like to se it on a complimetry background, perahps red or green. Nice
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12/23/2003 11:34:37 PM
Beautiful clarity and exposure. Love the use of the black background and border and the way you croped the flower.
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12/23/2003 02:27:16 PM
Nice composition, detail and color!
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12/23/2003 01:48:19 PM
The lighting transforms the petals into flames for me. Very dramatic. The choice of black background helps emphasise the colours in the flower and stem.
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12/23/2003 11:02:14 AM
Very nice lighting here. It acutally looks like there's light coming from the flower itself. Beautiful colors, looks wonderful against the black backround.
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12/22/2003 04:52:41 PM
textures and colors are really nice it's s stiff flower qhich makes for a stiff composition but this does not necessarily detract as there is enough of interest in the image
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12/22/2003 10:38:43 AM
very nice flower macro....I have always loved close-ups of flowers....great color....good composition....strong black background, and focus is very sharp & detailed!!
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12/22/2003 09:46:28 AM
Technical: fits the challenge. Exposure focus lighting all excellent- I absolutely love the saturation. Personally I feel the composition could have been stronger with a little more space above and below.

Personal: The detail and color really make this shot for me.

My vote: 8
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12/22/2003 08:38:47 AM
Interesting, looks like an Olympic torch.
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12/22/2003 04:53:55 AM
A bit sharper would have brought out more details in this shot, the little hairs on the stems would have been much clearer.

However, it's a great Macro shot. The colours in this are amazing, good choice of border too.
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