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Morning Glow
Morning Glow

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6G ED
Location: Garden
Date: Mar 25, 2008
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Mar 26, 2008

Taken in my garden with my 70-200mm lens. I used a spray bottle to spray water on the petals.

some slight dodging in the water drops

Not really expecting a whole lot here, but I have not entered a free study yet, so I thought I would go for it.

Place: 153 out of 500
Avg (all users): 5.9742
Avg (commenters): 6.7143
Avg (participants): 5.8761
Avg (non-participants): 6.2381
Views since voting: 682
Views during voting: 209
Votes: 155
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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04/09/2008 09:25:15 PM
My apologies for the lateness of my comment...

Wow, really nice image! the DOF is nice and the textures of the drops really pop. I might have expanded the border to not cut off the top of the flower, but it's not that big of a deal to me.
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04/08/2008 08:08:24 PM
Erica, I think you got screwed with scoring as this is a great photo.
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04/08/2008 04:32:43 PM
Wow what a stunner, who ever gave this a one is trolling like a mad man/woman. This is a great flower picture very dynamic and lots to look at the water droplet complement the flower very well. The lighting is interesting maybe a little softer would have been better. The flower in the back definitely takes away from the subject flower and kinda blend with it. I'd also have to agree with getting rid of the border does nothing for image. all in all spectacular image and another in this group that was under rated.

P.S. I really like the tone of that green I don't know why though.
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04/08/2008 02:11:37 PM
Thanks for the comments. They are really helpful. I have another version without the border, but some things came up and I wasnt able to change the photos out before deadline.

This is my 1st Free Study entry and I am pleased with the photo.

Thanks again for all the comments.
04/08/2008 01:47:26 PM
Hi there... Iíll get right to the point. I think that the border around the picture should be removed. People add them all the time but they really take away from the picture. Also the second rose behind this one really messes this shot up. I think I would have held it down some how so that youíre main focus is on the first rose. I too have used the spray bottle trick (beer glass) and it work very good. What you should also try to do is mix in other ingredients that make the water a little thicker.

Also you may want to watch what time of day you shoot. The lighting can get very harsh and cause sharp shadows. You might try using an umbrella to soften the light creating a better picture.
I do like the soft focus on the stem though.
Congrats on making your second best picture.

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04/08/2008 12:57:56 PM
Hi Erica, wait what? there's two flowers here? I thought it looked a little weird, but I wouldn't have thought about there being two flowers. I guess the second flower in the back is distracting then. I really really like the green leaves and the tones the the DOF in that area of the picture, it complements very well the flower. On the other hand, the flower is lacking something, it seems a little too dark and the bright areas of the flower cut very sharply into the less bright areas. Not sure if it was due to the harsh lighting or because you pushed the processing (contrast? curves?levels?) a little too far. What i'm talking about also is visible in the back flower. I really like your use of water to add an extra element to the image, that was really good. The last thing I want to comment on is the frame. I think the red of the frame competes with the red from the flower and is not a good combination. I like to keep frames as simple as possible since the attention should go to your image and not to the frame. I hope this helped.
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04/08/2008 09:31:38 AM
The inside border doesn't really go over well here on DPC. having it clip the flower on the top doesn't help either. The way the background flower falls directly behind the one in the foreground, with the same lighting on them, the almost blend together, really taking away from what is a beautiful single flower.
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04/08/2008 03:25:33 AM
Hi Erica. This shot is nearly a PB, so you can't complain there. :) This is a nice shot of this flower. When you are using a spray bottle, try to spray softer for larger drops, rather than blasting at full squeeze with lots of little drops. The exposure is pretty good, although I'd like to see a little more light on the green leaves, and a reflector would help to lighten the front of the flower too. I don't like the border at all. The red-on-black colour scheme is a very strong passionate scheme, and doesn't quite reflect the relaxation of 'morning glow'. Perhaps some orange sunlight falling across some pillows, or a cottage porch or rustic fence or something like would help to convy the relaxation of morning glow a little better? Just some thoughts, but in the end, well done on getting a top-2 image! (Oh, I just read the other comments, and I hadn't even realised this was 2 flowers! I thought it was all 1 flower, because they merge together)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2008 11:51:38 PM
I don't like the internal frame. Otherwise nice shallow DOF and framing.
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04/06/2008 08:19:13 PM
Love the translucence in the petals. Good comp and crop. Bad border or I would have made it thinner.
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04/06/2008 10:05:51 AM
Lovely tulip. Would like the one in back to be a bit less bright, I think, though it echoes the lighting and shape of the foreground flower there's a bit that looks totally blown on my monitor and that pulls my eye rather strongly.
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04/03/2008 10:06:10 AM
Nice lighting, saturation seems a touch too strong 7
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04/03/2008 03:14:59 AM
dont like the frame but nice lighting
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04/01/2008 10:54:19 PM
Nicely done, you seemed to have clipped your rose with your border top & bottom and this really hurts the image.
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04/01/2008 09:23:45 AM
NOt sure of the red frame but I love the focus, light and DOF.
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04/01/2008 08:28:01 AM
lovely...love the light in this
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