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Sunflower Days
2nd PlaceSunflower Days
luvmyaussie


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Challenge: Free Study 2009-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Date: Jan 27, 2009
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.8 sec.
Galleries: Still Life, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jan 28, 2009

Wow! After working all day, this is such a wonderful surprise to see on my computer. I am honestly overwhelmed right now and appreciate the votes and comments. This really is an incredible community! :o)

The lighting in this was natural window light (from my favorite west window) filtered with a white sheet.

Processing: I cropped, desaturated slightly, used the Lucis Art filter (Whyeth on a low setting), cloned a few specks, dodged/burned, increased contrast, plus the usual resize/sharpen for web. Nothing fancy!

Thanks again for the ribbon!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 454
Avg (all users): 7.1720
Avg (commenters): 8.2759
Avg (participants): 7.0286
Avg (non-participants): 7.4615
Views since voting: 6174
Views during voting: 306
Votes: 157
Comments: 88
Favorites: 60 (view)


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05/04/2009 02:49:55 AM
Beautiful.
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03/16/2009 10:09:59 AM
the colors are amazing
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02/12/2009 07:27:21 AM
This is the most beautiful still-life I've seen. I'm sorry I missed the voting.
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02/12/2009 12:10:47 AM
This really does bring to mind the Dutch Masters. The whole image is lovely. The composition, colour and light are all just perfect.
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02/11/2009 06:59:59 PM
Everything about this image was beautifully thought out, and superbly executed. The tones are delightful. Vermeer comes to mind. A perfect still life.
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02/11/2009 12:34:08 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon, beautiful shot!
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02/11/2009 11:41:58 AM
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! One of my Faves, Amy - how wonderful that others feel the same way. It's a beautiful creation.
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02/11/2009 08:02:33 AM
Congratulations on your Red and also on your selection for today's Photo of the Day Contest at //www.dailydigitalphoto.com/cgi-bin/potd/potd.pl
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02/11/2009 02:18:33 AM
Yikes, this is terrific. Beautiful balance of negative space and subject, superb luminosity in the sunflowers and pears. Big congrats!
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02/09/2009 07:49:56 PM
Very nice work, Congrats!!! Beautiful colors!
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02/09/2009 05:53:09 PM
Congratulations-instant fave :)
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02/09/2009 05:36:44 PM
This is truly spectacular! It looks like a painting!
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02/09/2009 01:39:05 PM
Congratulations on your well deserved blue ribbon. You were one of my 10 votes during the challenge and I am glad to see you finish so high.
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02/09/2009 09:27:02 AM
I love this one great job and congrats one your ribbon.
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02/09/2009 06:18:14 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, absolutely stunning lighting!
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02/08/2009 10:43:08 PM
Saw this on 1x, loved it there too
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02/08/2009 09:34:53 PM
Magnificent photo
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02/08/2009 08:31:29 PM
Love the old world feel of this one.
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02/08/2009 07:34:42 PM
Fantastic!
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02/08/2009 05:28:07 PM
Gorgeous still life. I love the "old world" feel of it.
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02/08/2009 04:20:15 PM
Wow - this is a real beauty! Congrats!
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02/08/2009 04:14:36 PM
Sweet !
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02/08/2009 03:57:59 PM
This is absolutely beautiful!
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02/08/2009 02:09:28 PM
Really excellent lighting and composition. Manages to be both painterly and photographic at the same time. Adding to my favorites.
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02/08/2009 10:29:09 AM
Amy! Way to go! This is such a perfect classical still life...excellent work.
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02/08/2009 10:14:09 AM
Such a classic beauty!
This what still life photography is all about!
I couldn't give this shot an 11 so I had to settle for a 10!
You should offer this as a Print.

Message edited by author 2009-02-08 10:14:43.
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02/08/2009 09:50:00 AM
Well now look at you!! Congrats.
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02/08/2009 09:43:29 AM
BEAUTIFUL! Love the subtle, as well as obvious, textures.
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02/08/2009 09:28:46 AM
Fantastic lighting and composition in this beautiful still! Congratulations on the Ribbon!
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02/08/2009 09:19:36 AM
This was my favourite in the challenge, so glad to see that you won a ribbon!
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02/08/2009 08:50:27 AM
This was my favorite shot in the free study. Congratulations!
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02/08/2009 08:28:39 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. It's nice to see a still life do so well.
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02/08/2009 08:27:38 AM
Congratulations on this beautiful picture and the ribbon!
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02/08/2009 07:11:20 AM
Interesting study. congrats
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02/08/2009 05:39:25 AM
Beautiful image - congrats....
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02/08/2009 04:25:29 AM
Great shot, awesome lighting. Realy looks like a classic painting. Congrats on your first and well-deserved ribbon!
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02/08/2009 03:54:54 AM
Wonderful lighting, classically beautiful image. I could look at it for hours. Great work, Amy and congrats on the ribbon.
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02/08/2009 03:27:38 AM
Beatiful and original paint mood. Congrats on the red.
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02/08/2009 02:28:53 AM
very very nice, i'll come back to this later. i might try something like this. nice job and congratulations.
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02/08/2009 02:20:24 AM
Very beautiful...
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02/08/2009 02:15:50 AM
Excellent Still life, lighting is subtle and textures top notch! Congrats.
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02/08/2009 01:53:23 AM
Beautiful shot...would love to hear ur lighting setup and pp on this
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02/08/2009 01:12:02 AM
This is an outstanding still life. Your lighting is perfect! Congrats on your first ribbon and PB!
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02/08/2009 01:11:06 AM
Amy congratulations on the ribbon. This is truly a lovely pic. Well deserved
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02/08/2009 01:07:25 AM
My favorite as well. Congrats. I knew it would do well.
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02/08/2009 12:40:54 AM
Beautiful still life and a well-earned place on the front page. The light is gorgeous.
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02/08/2009 12:36:36 AM
This was my favorite one for the challenge, I'm glad it ribboned! Congratulations on your first ribbon and thanks for such a wonderful shot! This is a real work of art.


Message edited by author 2009-02-08 00:38:05.
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02/08/2009 12:34:58 AM
I love the light in this. But in addition to that, you also have most artfully arranged your subject and I don't think a lot of people realize just how hard that is to do! Wonderful work - congrats on the ribbon and high score!
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02/08/2009 12:20:35 AM
This was one of my high score. Amazing soft lighting. One of the best still life shot, I have seen. I will appreciate if you can share the lighting setup.
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02/08/2009 12:19:20 AM
Sunflowers and Pears! Both of my favorite still life subjects, and you got them in one shot ;) Beautiful capture. Excellent job with the lighting. Has a lovely soft feel to it, yet it is sharp. Great work. Very refreshing seeing a still life like this ribbon. +fave

Message edited by author 2009-02-08 00:20:01.
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02/08/2009 12:14:23 AM
incredibly excellent flower photograph .. love the antique feel ..
brilliant processing .. :)
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02/08/2009 12:13:31 AM
Congrats !!! beautfully lighted as I had earlier commented.
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02/08/2009 12:09:29 AM
Congratulations, you've done well. Btw, the lighting in this is perfect.

Mac,
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02/08/2009 12:07:10 AM
Yippie, Amy! WTG! Big congrats on your first ribbon, first 7 and new PB for this!! Hooooray! Happy, Happy, Happy!
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02/08/2009 12:03:48 AM
Great work. The fruit shoot and now this. What a week!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2009 05:58:08 PM
Classic lighting and composition.
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02/07/2009 05:05:20 PM
Stellar still-life...very classic color combination!
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02/07/2009 01:41:37 PM
Love your processing but I think I would prefer the wrinkles in the tablecloth not to be there
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02/07/2009 11:24:48 AM
Wow, great detail in the pears and flowers, nice job
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02/07/2009 12:20:10 AM
Absolutely lovely. Great job in creating the feeling of a painting. 9
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02/06/2009 05:41:30 PM
This is my own personal voting scale. It's merely an huble opinion, based on whatever limited photography knowledge I have. You have all right to agree/disagree with me.

Composition(2): 2
Focus(2): 2
Lighting/Exposure(2): 2
Meeting Challenge(2): 2
WOW factor(2): 2
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02/06/2009 03:21:35 PM
Ok. Slap a mat and frame around it, and you're good to go! Superbly rendered still life here. Well done.
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02/06/2009 08:13:28 AM
I don't care for still life photographs, but if you are going to keep doing this I'll have to reconsider my position. It's astoundingly lovely. I can't believe that I have spent at least 5 minutes just slowly savoring all the lovingly-rendered details here, but I have. Anyway, please don't tell anyone I said all this, because I just hate liking something so damn tasteful. 9.
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02/05/2009 10:51:25 PM
Back for a bump. The lighting on this is amazing and I hope this scores well.
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02/05/2009 09:47:19 PM
Simply Outstanding!
This print would look lovely in my kitchen/dining room!
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02/04/2009 06:17:50 PM
Uhm, I... uhm.. I was just... I don't know what to say. I... Seriously! I can't take my eyes of this photo. I was just going to vote on some photos before I went to bed, and know I've been sitting here watching this one for at least 10 minutes! I have to stop writing now and vote. 10 and favorite from me. So beautifull!
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02/04/2009 02:51:32 PM
Very nice still life, could almost have beem a painting. Great sharpness.
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02/03/2009 11:37:57 PM
wonderful old world feel, love it, 9
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02/03/2009 08:53:47 AM
i love the lighting and colors of this still life. i don't know if the folds in the cloth help out.
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02/02/2009 09:35:36 PM
Stunning light and color. Wow.
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02/02/2009 06:26:13 PM
nice color, good lighting, like a painting...I am talking myself into liking it
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02/02/2009 03:31:09 PM
Interesting soft feel, a nice contrast to some of the over-sharpened images here. I think I would have liked to have seen a touch more contrast between the petals and the centres of the sunflowers - but perhaps that would throw the whole image off.

Nice work.
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02/02/2009 11:30:03 AM
I like the color tone and the detail the way it seems to bring out the textures of your objects. Very Nice!
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02/02/2009 10:08:44 AM
I love the lighting and the muted tones.
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02/01/2009 11:31:19 PM
Not voting, but this is stunning. Wouldn't be surprised to see it in the top 10.
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02/01/2009 09:20:04 PM
What a lovely still life. I like the feel of the Old Masters with the muted golden/brown tones. Has the feeling of a painting.
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02/01/2009 07:30:53 PM
It is my favorite type of still life picture when I see these tones. Very warming and country. 8
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02/01/2009 06:25:52 PM
Excellent still life. I really like the composition and lighting. Great job. 10 :)
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02/01/2009 06:24:44 PM
I really like this. A wonderful still life.
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02/01/2009 05:01:40 PM
What a great shot, love the lighting and the painterly quality.
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02/01/2009 04:12:50 PM
BEAUTIFULLY done still life. The colors and processing are 'pear'fect :)

There is a bit of a bright spot on the far left pear, I think... but not enough to ruin... just to distract. Congrats on a job well done.
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02/01/2009 12:39:47 PM
great still life!
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02/01/2009 11:40:34 AM
One of my top picks for the challenge. Beautifully executed and the pallet chosen is exceptionally effective. Outstanding work!
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02/01/2009 11:04:08 AM
nice.
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02/01/2009 09:31:28 AM
Wow... beautiful soft lighting. Timeless. Muted colors make it look antique. Love it. 9
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02/01/2009 06:18:03 AM
beautifully lighted, but the base is just a little messy IMO, 7
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02/01/2009 01:58:23 AM
I can almost feel the textures. 8
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02/01/2009 12:58:28 AM
I LOVE the texture of the pears here!

Evan
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