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Suddenly, a bleeding alien starfish appeared!
Suddenly, a bleeding alien starfish appeared!

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Challenge: Puzzle Macro (Basic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100K
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DL Macro Super for Minolta
Location: Quebec, Canada
Date: Jun 18, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jun 19, 2007

This is a shot of a poppy seed head from my mother's backyard. The title came to me when I noticed the "velvet" on the head looked like a starfish with too much arms. The bleeding part came from the red color in the background.

Converted from RAW.
Boosted contrast a bit
Noise reduction
Crop to get rid of most of the bright orange petal that would identify too easily the poppies.
Save for web.

I am really proud of this first macro shot. I had lots of fun while shooting it and just love the way the pistils look like a boa (not the snake, the one glamourous stars would wear in the '20s). Hope it does well!

Place: 174 out of 300
Avg (all users): 5.3187
Avg (commenters): 5.6400
Avg (participants): 5.0488
Avg (non-participants): 5.5400
Views since voting: 744
Views during voting: 272
Votes: 182
Comments: 28
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/26/2007 10:59:38 AM
This is really cool, although I don't know what it is, it's pretty nifty... 8.
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06/26/2007 08:23:46 AM
a wierd flower maybe?
06/25/2007 06:16:02 PM
A flower interior. Sure is pretty whatever it is. Nice deep reds!
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06/24/2007 03:40:43 PM
Day Lily? Black-Eyed Susan?
06/24/2007 12:52:00 AM
Looks like the middle part of a flower. I think a high DOF would have helped this as it's too blurry for me.
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06/23/2007 03:21:21 PM
a flower?
06/23/2007 12:14:17 PM
Sea Anaenome (sp!)
06/23/2007 01:11:33 AM
Looks like the inside of a big poppy, maybe an oriental poppy. It looks so touchable!
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06/22/2007 11:02:13 PM
poppy - cool
06/22/2007 09:49:52 PM
wonderful colors. the dof is great.
looks like the innards of a flower.
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06/22/2007 09:15:00 PM
is this the heart of a poppy? nice DOF
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06/22/2007 02:32:29 PM
centre of a flower?
06/22/2007 10:15:39 AM
The inside of a poppy?
06/22/2007 09:59:42 AM
could have used some more interesting lighting. looks a little flat overall.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/22/2007 03:09:20 AM
Cool colors. Nice detail. my guess- a bleeding alien starfish?
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06/21/2007 12:53:18 PM
The center of some kind of flower? It looks cool in general, but I think it's a bit too dark and noisy. Could probably be a tad sharper, too.
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06/21/2007 09:24:54 AM
Budding flower.
06/21/2007 05:11:19 AM
Centre of a flower? Really nice contrast of textures.
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06/21/2007 03:59:07 AM
06/21/2007 12:19:45 AM
That is one cool looking plant. I've never seen such a color.
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06/20/2007 11:17:45 PM
A nice shot of center of a flower?
06/20/2007 08:49:18 PM
What, right in the middle of that poppy??!!! No way! ;)

A very good macro, very clear and detailed, people who don't know what a poppy looks like will probably have a hard time figuring this one out.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/20/2007 06:15:17 PM
some kind of flower bud
06/20/2007 05:36:12 PM
center of a flower.
06/20/2007 04:54:27 PM
06/20/2007 07:36:09 AM
center of a poppy!
06/20/2007 02:59:18 AM
flower center
06/20/2007 01:07:48 AM
flower center, but I don't know what type.

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