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Chlorophyl Factory Hard at Work!
Chlorophyl Factory Hard at Work!

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF
Location: My Yard, Statesboro, GA
Date: Oct 31, 2008
Aperture: F/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Nov 1, 2008

RAW to Jpeg Conversion in Adobe RAW 4.2, Cropped, Duplicate Layer, Auto-Levels, Duplicate Layer, Convert to Black & White (Pin Light Blending,) Blue Filter, Merge Visible, Spot Healing Brush and Clone Stamp to remove part of a leaf, Magic Wand to select Blue Background in order to apply Gaussian Blur, Resized, Auto-Sharpened, Saved for Web...

Place: 381 out of 394
Avg (all users): 4.5625
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.4719
Avg (non-participants): 4.7692
Views since voting: 614
Views during voting: 216
Votes: 128
Comments: 3
Favorites: 0

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11/13/2008 02:33:37 PM
Hello from the Critique Club.

This is a bold photo, with a simple but strong composition and feel. The choice of blue background contrasts and compliments the green of the leaves well, although it might be better if the blue of the background was smoother - if I tip my screen right back, the background becomes much darker, and that looks really cool! The back-lighting is lovely, and I can quite see why you were drawn to photograph them. I do feel that the central leaf, the bright one that draws the eye, could be in a little sharper focus; that said, I can see that it is a tricky job to get sharp enough focus on the critical parts whilst still throwing the subsidiary parts into a soft blur. The diagonal composition was a good choice.

With a smoother and deeper, darker background I suspect this would have scored better. A simple subject such as these leaves needs to be technically perfect to hit the right buttons with the viewer - for me, it is a case of very nearly there.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2008 05:52:33 PM
Nice detail, and a hint of a sunburst around one of the little holes in the leaf.
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11/01/2008 12:28:48 AM
Nice strong colors, and the backlit leaf works. I like what backlighting does with leaves.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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