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It is at the edge of a petal that love waits
It is at the edge of a petal that love waits
Nuzzer


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Color on Color II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: The dining room table
Date: Feb 23, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/20 second
Galleries: Animals, Floral
Date Uploaded: Feb 26, 2008

This is a severe crop of my original shot for this challenge:
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I asked the opinion of some friends and my DPC Olympics Team NZ teammates and it was almost unanimous that I go with the tighter crop. I still prefer the original shot as a photo but given those whose advice I got are DPC voters I'd be silly not to listen to them!

The crop took me slightly below the 720 pixel frame size and I'm a little worried that the caterpillar is oversharpened.

This is a Monarch Butterly caterpillar. It's not the first time I've used one as a model ;) No doubt you'll see some Chrysalis and Butterfly shots in the next month if they fit the challenges!

Processing Steps:
Crop image as per outtake above
Clone out some imperfections
Shadow/Hilight
Curves
Crop to final crop
Shadow/Hilight
Curves
Hue/Sat layer in colourise mode to add some yellow to white stripes on caterpillar
Clone out edge of Sunflower centre at left of frame
USM
Different USM on lower petals
Add border
Save for web

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 185
Avg (all users): 6.9568
Avg (commenters): 7.5238
Avg (participants): 6.7119
Avg (non-participants): 7.0228
Views since voting: 3246
Views during voting: 412
Votes: 278
Comments: 31
Favorites: 5 (view)


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11/19/2009 09:12:27 PM
love the vivid colors...extremely well done
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03/08/2008 06:15:31 PM
Top 3 in my book, just love that crop.
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03/05/2008 12:28:37 PM
congrats on the top 10, image is extremely well executed
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03/05/2008 09:59:36 AM
I am so glad this did so well (even tho I personally think this one should have won a ribbon)! Congratulations on such a great score and finish -- and for having this beautiful photo newly gracing your highest rated photos on your profile :)

I think they advised you right by the way about the crop. The crop gives it great scale and perspective. It's perfect!

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03/05/2008 02:16:21 AM
KIWIS KIWIS KIWIS!!!!
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03/05/2008 12:51:32 AM
Go you good thang! Congrats on a great finish :)
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03/05/2008 12:46:48 AM
Congrats on your top 10 Gerry!!!
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03/05/2008 12:19:40 AM
Congrats on top 10 Nuzzer
Great photo, I really liked this one during voting.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/04/2008 08:11:10 PM
nice use of composition.
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03/04/2008 07:52:39 PM
Nice DOF and I love the colors and OOF forms. Maybe a crop just below the two petals and the top and from the bottom just to the edge of the first petal. But that's totally subjective. Very nice image. Congrats.
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03/04/2008 05:01:30 PM
This is fantastic with the caterpillar in focus. I love it. 10
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03/03/2008 03:48:17 PM
By including such a large field around your subject as well as carefully controlling depth of field, you've done a great job of giving a sense of scale to your shot.
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03/02/2008 08:52:16 PM
One of my favorites, I love the color on color on color!
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03/02/2008 06:00:11 PM
The all yellow background makes the black in the caterpillar stick out. The blurred background also helps to focus your eye on it.
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03/02/2008 03:22:04 PM
cool
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03/01/2008 06:09:01 PM
Wow! That's gorgeous! And I love the difference in scale between that tiny caterpillar and the yellow petals. Lovely composition too - good choice not to go for the standard ROT positioning of the caterpillar. This works!
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03/01/2008 11:52:21 AM
Cute caterpillar.
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03/01/2008 02:35:13 AM
nice ....
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02/29/2008 09:46:24 PM
Nice image love the yellow
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02/29/2008 05:51:18 PM
just like everyone elses... but you made it your own with the caterpillar... nice job and use of focus
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02/29/2008 09:27:38 AM
great cropping and color
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02/29/2008 06:16:59 AM
Simple and elegant. Great title.
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02/28/2008 12:57:04 PM
I love this photo, i hope it gets a ribbon. great work.
10
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02/28/2008 10:33:51 AM
Beautifully done! Lovely colors, great DOF!
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02/28/2008 10:25:16 AM
Beautiful image. Love the contrast between the petals and the caterpillar.
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02/28/2008 09:57:18 AM
this is an awesome shot. it reeally is. maybe focus in on the back some more.
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02/27/2008 08:57:24 PM
Wow! What a ten!
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02/27/2008 05:55:09 PM
My favorite in this challenge! Beautifully, flawlessley photographed!
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02/27/2008 03:23:09 PM
Great shot, just wish the caterpillar was a little more prominent in the frame.
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02/27/2008 10:03:17 AM
The contrast of the black stripes on the catrerpillar bring emphasis to it.
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02/27/2008 12:08:59 AM
"holy crap!"
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