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The Lilly
The Lilly

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Challenge: March Free Study (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Nikon D1X
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 300mm f/4.0
Location: Novato - Olampoli State Park, California
Date: Mar 31, 2004
Aperture: F4.2
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Mar 30, 2004

Out of the camera just about... as I had no access to Adobe to clone, burn, dodge & USM - which would have made this more presentable. There was an 'ugly' flower directly below this flower so I could not include it in this photo. There is another photo in my portfolio that I considered using (from the same photo shoot) yet it needed even more photoshop to make presentable.

Place: 85 out of 310
Avg (all users): 6.0535
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.8672
Avg (non-participants): 6.4576
Views since voting: 1944
Votes: 187
Comments: 14
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/14/2008 03:19:31 PM
I really like your lighting, both in the foreground and background. You've captured the colors and softness of the lily nicely. I do notice quite a bit of grain in your background. Nothing a run through Neat Image or similar wouldn't fix.

One thing I struggled with shooting Calla Lilies was composition. It's like photographing a person. If you crop at a joint it looks awkward. Something about your composition here makes it feel like it was clipped at a joint. I think anything without the stem looks unnatural. I took a ton of shots and what I ended up posting still didn't seem right, heh.

I read through a couple of the other comments, and I have to agree with there being too much dead space. I cropped a big chunk of it out in Photoshop, and can't say I missed what was cropped out. The minimalism type feel and contrast was still there.
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08/09/2004 11:52:26 AM
A very nice capture with great cropping.
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06/07/2004 01:51:02 AM
This was the 'other entry' I nearly submitted. Any comments you have would be appreciated. Thank You!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/06/2004 10:17:27 PM
Beautiful. Very nicely exposed.
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04/06/2004 11:32:05 AM
Love the lighting in this, feels like a chilly morning to me.
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04/04/2004 10:50:59 PM
I think the flower was cut off a little bit too high
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04/04/2004 09:50:20 AM
Nice focus. Too much dead space on top, though.
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04/04/2004 07:21:27 AM
Beautiful composition...love the soft shadow and light area in the center...very nice (KK)
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04/03/2004 08:51:35 PM
Beautiful soft light shot I can see the pollen excelent detail. Way toi go. To bad this isnt the Orange contest.
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04/02/2004 09:39:59 PM
pretty shot with great light and depth of field ans exposure on th white 9
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04/02/2004 01:26:54 PM
I really like the true white you've captured on the lily and the detail on the yellow stamen(?). Unfortunately, though, I think that the bright area near the top of the image on the left is quite distracting. You might think about cropping down from the top and in a compensating amount from both sides to eliminate most of the distraction.
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04/01/2004 02:30:59 PM
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04/01/2004 02:18:19 PM
Lovely. I think removing the upper left would be good and a bit more focu on the center. Wonderful light.
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04/01/2004 09:40:43 AM
I like the spotlight on the orange thing - you've given my eye the focal point you wanted me to have. The surrounding area detracts from your lovely composition, however e.g. the yellow in the upper left. I'd like to see more of the flower but the white thing at the bottom blocks the bottom and leaves the flower with a cut-off feel. I thing the white border adds little to the shot.
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