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Red-Striped Tulips
Red-Striped Tulips

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Challenge: ABC...LMN...XYZ (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: kitchen
Date: May 11, 2008
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: May 11, 2008

adjusted tones, dodged and burned, contrast, brightness, border, resize and save.

Place: 47 out of 194
Avg (all users): 6.1806
Avg (commenters): 7.1000
Avg (participants): 5.8243
Avg (non-participants): 6.5571
Views since voting: 1180
Views during voting: 214
Votes: 144
Comments: 13
Favorites: 2 (view)

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05/25/2008 02:59:09 AM
Hee! I just read the critique club comment (very good one, at that!) and I was about to right "great lighting! I love the differences in the colors because of it." Which just goes to show that to each his own. This is a lovely shot - very rich, very clean, and I love the curves. As for the jaggies - one thing you can try is to isolate those things likely to jag (the stems) before sharpening. Or you can try smoothing them a bit after you sharpen. And sometimes they're just a fact of digital life. Great shot.
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05/24/2008 09:51:38 PM
Darlene these are just breathtaking, and what a great score,
They are so vibrant, so fresh, and so alive.
It looks like they are trying to reach out to touch someone.
I love the striped colors of these awesome tulips, against the white background.....

Message edited by author 2008-05-24 21:53:55.
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05/24/2008 09:42:02 PM
*Critique Club*
Hi!! Russell from the critique club here - lets get started!!

What I liked - Tulips are some of the coolest flowers, so many different colors and great strong stems make them easily posable. Here we have the same, great color and no distracting background to keep the viewer from seeing the flowers. Good composition too.

Problems - Lighting is number one, the bottom flower is so much brighter then the rest (to the point of blown-out in spots) it takes away from the rest of the arrangement which seems much darker. The background, while featureless is also suffering from blown highlights that take away from the leaves and several of the petals on the bottom flower. There is very little of the tulips texture(in the titles)showing on any of the flowers. Since this is one of the greatest things about this particular flower, getting it into the photo is a priority.

Lighting is the major issue here, might have worked better if there was more transition from the darker flowers on top and the bright on the bottom, possibly a strong diffuser of some kind would have worked to soften that light.
After looking at it a bit longer - I wonder if a closer shot of the upper four flowers and losing the one that is mostly hidden (leaving three great blooms) wouldn't have given it more impact. Great texture and color from the petals and great featureless background.

Overall your photo did well in this challenge, perhaps with a bit of lighting work I believe it could have done better and possibly even earned a ribbon - your on the right track for sure.
Something about the "jaggies" on the stems - since I don't know what your using for making adjustments (PS, elements, etc) I can't say for sure, but I believe they are due to sizing and the problems inherent with jpeg. If you are using PS or elements, play around with the "save for web" settings it might help.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2008 08:41:57 AM
Nice and simple.
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05/16/2008 08:12:03 AM
Absolutely lovely. Beautiful. 10
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05/15/2008 12:46:39 PM
This shot appeals to me. There are some "jaggies" on the stem, perhaps from resizing/compression, but I didn't notice them until I sat and looked at the picture for a bit. Good work. I like the bright background.
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05/13/2008 11:08:32 PM
Pretty flower photo. Good composition. I'm not sure about the white background - I feel I need to don my sunglasses in order to look at your image for too long. :-) Title works for the challenge.
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05/13/2008 02:45:00 PM
You look a bit oversharpened around the stems - you've got a few "jaggies".
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05/13/2008 01:21:30 AM
The colors, composure and the non distracting backdrop make this a great photo , although I'm see a LOT of 'jaggies' on the stems and leafs. 7
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05/12/2008 09:52:16 PM
cool idea, strange lighting on the upper flowers, seems a bit washed out near the bottom leaves and flower
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05/12/2008 12:26:50 PM
I like the arrangement. It looks like they're opening towards the light.
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05/12/2008 09:50:26 AM
Love the arrangement. Would like to have seen a little more light at the top.
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05/12/2008 07:15:56 AM
Love this spring collection of tulips.....
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