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A Line from the Lawn
A Line from the Lawn

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Challenge: A Single Line (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Flowers and Bugs
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Nikon
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: Jun 22, 2008
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Abstract, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jun 22, 2008

Broadleaf Plantain flower spike; not in full bloom yet. Technically a weed. I'm not very fussy about what's growing in the yard as long as it's green and not poisonous.

I've had a couple of good scores so it's time to crash! I entered this specifically because I rarely find a single line interesting, so this was challenging. Searched for something textured and went with a diagonal but not symmetrical composition to try and make the line more interesting. Also went for some bokeh and color changes in the background, but not so many as to overwhelm the line. I think it works, and it's even a relatively straight line (not that I think that's a requirement, but I'm betting some voters expect that).

We'll see.

PP - converted from RAW, cropped, increased saturation and contrast, airbrushed some blue into upper right corner to cut down on blown spots some, cloned/blurred dark green spots in background that bugged me, blurred what looked like a hair on the lens, added border, resized, sharpened with noise reduction, increased saturation on flower and burnt lower bits some.

Place: 54 out of 142
Avg (all users): 5.7821
Avg (commenters): 5.7500
Avg (participants): 5.7167
Avg (non-participants): 5.8229
Views since voting: 753
Views during voting: 255
Votes: 156
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/26/2008 08:20:22 AM
Love the shallow dof here, and the bokeh it created in the background. I like that you chose to crop so that the line is cut off on both sides, too. There is something about the coloring which feels off, and unfortunately it's the same thing I notice with my shots and never quite know how to fix without just fiddling with PS. Nicely done though overall.
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06/24/2008 03:42:16 AM
Beautiful - love the tones.
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06/23/2008 02:47:51 PM
Nice photo
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06/23/2008 10:21:22 AM
Nicely composed. Good bokeh.
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06/23/2008 09:53:09 AM
I like the textures. Seems a bit flat in that I'm having a hard time separating the foreground and background greens.
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