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Challenge: Flowers II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: home
Date: Jul 6, 2009
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 50
Shutter: 6
Galleries: Studio, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jul 10, 2009

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Oops, I did it again!
When this challenge came up, I looked through the challenge archives and noticed that I won the blue in "Flora III". And I said to myself : "I must win this, too (or at least ribbon anyhow). And I don't want to shoot a Calla, this time, that would be too easy". Goes to show what you can achieve by will power.

Took me about 3 hours to get the light right, the focus still isn't perfect, frontmost petal is slightly OOF. Another 4 hours of processing different versions. Eternal.

Thank you all for your votes and comments!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 255
Avg (all users): 7.4857
Avg (commenters): 8.5500
Avg (participants): 7.3111
Avg (non-participants): 7.8000
Views since voting: 7441
Views during voting: 305
Votes: 140
Comments: 65
Favorites: 20 (view)


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12/31/2009 10:16:22 AM
wonderful!!!

may I know how do you placed lights here? (and what kind of them)...

congrats...
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07/25/2009 08:05:22 PM
I have to say that it has been wonderful to see this on the front page every day when I visit - it has been a real pleasure to look at, and I will miss it when its gone. Thanks!
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07/22/2009 07:56:15 PM
It really is beautful but you have to see the flower bigger.As in the large frame .The water adds to the photograph as well.
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07/22/2009 05:03:29 PM
Oliver - the detail in this is quite delightful.

A well deserved ribbon.
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07/22/2009 07:23:44 AM
This is just so beautiful! Congrats!
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07/22/2009 04:14:33 AM
Congrats Oliver, great score.
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07/22/2009 02:59:59 AM
Congrats on the deserved blue ribbon Oliver!! I am one of your twenty 9's.
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07/21/2009 11:34:05 PM
Your use of such a small aperture is really instructive. The light is perfect. Very impressive.
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07/21/2009 09:18:41 PM
Magnificent
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07/21/2009 03:35:10 PM
Not only is this my favourite flower, but if I had voted, you would have got a 10 from me for sure. Great shot! Love it! Well done
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07/21/2009 06:16:51 AM
Right on, Oliver! Congrats!
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07/21/2009 06:11:05 AM
Originally posted by eyewave:

When this challenge came up, I looked through the challenge archives and noticed that I won the blue in "Flora III".


I think you've got far too many ribbons if you have to check online which challenges you got them for ;-) Just kidding, congratulations on this one. Great shot.
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07/21/2009 02:31:35 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon. Superbly done.
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07/20/2009 07:07:50 PM
Wow! Impressive! Congrats on the blue, Oliver.
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07/20/2009 05:41:51 PM
Congrats on your BLUE great image.
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07/20/2009 04:43:15 PM
Congrats Oliver this is marvelous
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07/20/2009 04:20:52 PM
Congratulations Oliver on your first place win, beautiful lighting and detail.
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07/20/2009 12:18:10 PM
A beauty! Congratulations!
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07/20/2009 11:40:06 AM
SO lovely! Congrats on the double win! :)
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07/20/2009 11:31:25 AM
Awesome detail, Congrats!!
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07/20/2009 10:42:04 AM
Beautiful image, Oliver. Congratulation on your blue ribbon!
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07/20/2009 10:05:27 AM
Excellent shot, well deserved blue ribbon. Congrats!!!
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07/20/2009 09:56:38 AM
Congratulations on the blue, I hoped this would ribbon!
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07/20/2009 09:44:12 AM
Great shot Oliver.
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07/20/2009 09:39:32 AM
Thanks for admitting it wasn't easy. We'd have felt even worse if you'd said it was a doddle...
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07/20/2009 09:03:22 AM
Congratulations! Beautiful photo!
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07/20/2009 08:24:23 AM
Wow!!! It takes alot to wow me with a flower photo. But this one most certainly does! Congratulations on first prize with this wonder!

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07/20/2009 07:28:27 AM
Congrats Oliver - well deserved blue! I underrated your shot and only gave it a 9...
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07/20/2009 06:35:26 AM
Congratulations on a breathtaking image!
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07/20/2009 05:21:58 AM
Congrats on this absolute stunner! It is definitely an honor to be placed next to your winner...
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07/20/2009 05:01:45 AM
absolutely beautiful well done and so deserving of the blue
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07/20/2009 04:30:36 AM
Great shot Oliver I just knew this would win
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07/20/2009 03:20:01 AM
this is such a stunning flower shot .. love the dramatic contrast between the colourful flower and the black background .. the lighting is perfect .. :)
ps .. i should take a leaf out of your book oliver ..
next time i enter a challenge i'll tell myself that i will win or at least ribbon .. be great if it was that easy .. think your ability got you the blue rather than willpower tho .. :)
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07/20/2009 01:52:59 AM
Congrats on the blue. Well deserved.
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07/20/2009 01:35:37 AM
Well deserved. Excellent job. Thanks for posting!
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07/20/2009 01:17:24 AM
Congrats! So close to a new PB.
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07/20/2009 01:05:46 AM
Congrats on first place! It's a fantastic shot. Flowers, feet....there's nothing this guy can't do :)
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07/20/2009 12:47:24 AM
Outstanding image! Great job in all respects. Congrats on a very much deserved blue!
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07/20/2009 12:45:28 AM
Congrats, Oliver. Beautiful, clear shot.
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07/20/2009 12:42:25 AM
f22 and probably across the room a bit. Was wondering how you got such excellent DOF on this. Congrats on the ribbon, a killer score, and a really, really good flower picture! (And I do agree with the commenter who said it would stand alone just fine without the water drops.)
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07/20/2009 12:25:13 AM
Awesome Oliver! Congratulations...beautifully lit...love the black
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07/20/2009 12:21:22 AM
Congrats!
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07/20/2009 12:11:44 AM
Congrats!!!
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07/20/2009 12:10:52 AM
Beautiful shot!!! Congrats on your well deserved blue!!
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07/20/2009 12:02:22 AM
Huge congrats on a SUPERB shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/19/2009 11:45:34 PM
I wish I could do lighting like this. It is just gorgeous! Love all the clarity and details on the flower.
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07/19/2009 09:49:17 PM
looks like a painting its so perfect. gorgeous
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07/19/2009 09:31:45 PM
Perfectly sharp and crisp throughout with nice color. The browns are especially rich. Lighting is very nice, too. Well, heck, technicals are just outstanding, period!
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07/19/2009 07:30:00 AM
yes - it's heading upward - to the top
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07/17/2009 05:12:51 PM
9 - Oooo. Very good.
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07/16/2009 02:28:17 PM
This is marvelous!
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07/16/2009 10:29:32 AM
Excellent light and clarity. Darn near perfect flower picture!
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07/14/2009 09:27:47 PM
Wow! So clean. I know the waterdrops are a DPC thing, but I wouldn't have bothered. Your shot is strong enough to stand on its own.
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07/14/2009 09:22:34 PM
Outstanding!!
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07/14/2009 08:02:19 PM
It doesn't get much better than this!
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07/14/2009 06:30:07 PM
Crisp,and professionally done, quality is written all over this. Its refreshing to see an entire flower in focus, i personally don't enjoy the ones with the very shallow dof. Well done.
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07/14/2009 02:29:12 AM
High-end stock photography quality photo. Definitely worthy of a print. So clear and crisp. I only wish the background wasn't so black, but softer more subdued shade. The border is nice and not distracting, but could have been a different colour.
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07/14/2009 01:13:15 AM
great texture on the thingies
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07/14/2009 12:39:26 AM
well, this is perfect. 10
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07/13/2009 07:05:53 PM
Not overly unique, but absolutely stunning in execution. I mean, it's perfect! 8
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07/13/2009 03:47:08 PM
beautiful, this has ribbon written all over it
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07/13/2009 02:56:29 PM
Love this, the lgihting is perfect, amazing detail.
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07/13/2009 10:17:32 AM
Excellent comp, color and lighting. Well done.
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07/13/2009 04:32:23 AM
Wonderful crystal clear lines
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07/13/2009 01:04:30 AM
Stunning. Superb detail and lovely lighting.
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