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Challenge: Free Study 2009-06 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D
Location: Kirkland, WA USA
Date: Jun 29, 2009
Aperture: f/29
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1 second
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jun 29, 2009

Photographer’s Notes
In the words of an old Paul Simon song, “I think I’m in trouble here…” It’s June 29th and I have not shot a Free Study entry yet. Life has a way of intruding, in this case, with the untimely demise of the hard drive in my PC. It should be simple to reimage a PC, but it’s not. And it shouldn’t take very long, but it does. I lost two weeks in the process.

I took a couple of neat motorcycle road trips during the month but I carry only a P&S on these, and the results are rarely up to DPC standards. Our house is up for sale, so we’re busy with real estate matters. And in fact, that was what inspired this photo.

My wife put most of her house plants in the garage so the house wouldn’t be messy for showings. In the garage, they are neglected and because of (or in spite of) this neglect, one of her orchids began to bloom. Passing through the garage, I noticed it and decided to shoot it.

Flowers are not that easy to shoot and white orchids are an unforgiving lot on so many levels. My first attempt using manufactured light was a disaster. So I got up early this morning and shot it with natural light from a west window just after dawn. The results seem more pure to me.

I hope other lyrics from that same Paul Simon song don’t apply here:
The Boy’s got brains, he just don’t use ‘em, that’s all.
The boy’s got brains, he just refuse to use ‘em, that’s all.
The boy’s got brains, he just abstains.

Post Processing
• Convert from Raw (Camera Raw)
• Crop
• Remove Sensor Dust (Healing Brush)
• Dodge & Burn (Masked Overlay Layer)
• Resize (Genuine Fractals)
• Sharpen (Unsharp Mask)
• Brighten (Masked Curves Layer)
• Border (Stroke Layer)
• Save for Web (PSCS4)

Camera Data
• Date: 2009-06-29
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8D
• ISO: 200
• Aperture: f/29
• Shutter: 1 second

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2009 10:06:21 PM
Beautiful flower!
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07/02/2009 06:50:38 PM
Very pretty, good lighting. Wish the bottom weren't cut off.
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07/01/2009 10:18:51 AM
your flower is in excellent focus, but the shot makes me want to see more of the flower...it is like it is to tight in the cropping/framing
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