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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Date: Mar 31, 2008
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200 sec
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Mar 31, 2008

This image continues my '08 Free Study theme of low scoring botanicals. The subject is a dead, dried up little flower of some sort. I reverse mounted the 50mm on the 100mm macro. Bounced the flash at full power off of a piece of white foamcore about 1 foot away and camera right.

Shot in RAW: adjusted white balance, exposure, recovery

No crop!
Acidify action, flattened the results, put that on a new layer above the original, radial gradient mask to tone down the edges.
Dodge, burn, a small clone here and there
Save for web

Place: 452 out of 500
Avg (all users): 4.9533
Avg (commenters): 4.3333
Avg (participants): 4.9048
Avg (non-participants): 5.0667
Views since voting: 683
Views during voting: 245
Votes: 150
Comments: 7
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2008 10:42:51 PM
I like how most of the subject is out of focus, allowing the viewer's imagination to complete the picture.
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04/06/2008 03:39:56 PM
the vignette works well here, highlightong and complimenting the quirkiness of the image.
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04/04/2008 12:09:35 PM
Nice image. The background is a bit of a distraction & th image seems out of focus. Prehaps getting the entire flower would have been better in this situation.
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04/04/2008 05:07:57 AM
Interesting, but not sure what to make of this one.
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04/04/2008 04:43:52 AM
I like the idea here. I enjoy abstract and minimilist images but with an image like this I am really looking to see the point of focus pin sharp and unfortunately this doesn't deliver that. I do like the colours, are the edges added in your post processing or did it look like this when you took it? If I were to suggest any other improvement it would be to try and have the purple in the rule of thirds rather than almost in the centre of the frame.

This is just my humble opinion.
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04/04/2008 02:44:23 AM
interesting but loses it for me in focus
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04/02/2008 11:51:42 AM
It took me a long time to get this. not very much of it is in focus.
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