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Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers

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Challenge: Puzzled (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: VT - usa
Date: Feb 22, 2009
Aperture: f:10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200th
Galleries: Studio, Floral
Date Uploaded: Feb 22, 2009

DPCO4 week two - team globetrotters.

my orgingal idea didn't pan out as planned - so i went with my second one.

the idea here was to puzzle the viewer into how the photo was done, and also play on the perception of scale ( tiny little flower pot - large flower ).

i took a gerbera daisy, and cut the stem into sections. i used two pieces of black foam core ( one behind, one below ). i poked toothpicks into the flower pieces and then into the foam core.

one light ( 430ex ) from camera left bounced off silver umbrella ( 1/2 power ), and one light ( 550ex ) from camera right - undiffused at 1/64th power. i tried to minimize the light falling on the the background, and tried to minimize shadows from the toothpicks. but in post i deepend the blacks and masked out the subject. fine tuned the color, and dodged the flower head a bit to try to make it pop out. i also cloned out a few dust specks and scuz where the two foam boards came together.

as an aside, while editing the first shot our crazy kitten had my set up - and sort of ruined any second take on the same theme. well at least w/o starting from scratch.

hope to score decent mid 6's would be sufficient.

thanks for looking, and hope you enjoy !

Place: 38 out of 168
Avg (all users): 5.5714
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.3966
Avg (non-participants): 5.6532
Views since voting: 797
Views during voting: 333
Votes: 182
Comments: 8
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03/04/2009 10:35:32 AM
I still like the idea, imagination and how you pulled this off.
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03/04/2009 04:26:54 AM
thought this would do quite a bit better
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03/04/2009 12:05:39 AM
Underrated. Great picture.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/27/2009 11:26:23 PM
nice one - how did you do it?
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02/27/2009 11:21:48 AM
Beautiful, simple, subtle, I love this. The colors and lighting are fantastic. The subtle inclusion of a puzzle is great. Stunning.
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02/27/2009 12:21:45 AM
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02/26/2009 05:31:03 PM
Not so puzzling. but a Good Shot
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02/25/2009 01:07:23 PM
Interesting and creative entry. Made me look twice.
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