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Challenge: Flowers II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Tokina AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro AT-X M100 Pro D for Nikon
Location: Home
Date: Jul 11, 2009
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 400
Shutter: varies
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jul 12, 2009

HDR image from 3 exposures.

[Jul. 14th, 2009 09:27:07 PM]

Processed in Photomatix
Import to PSE6
Crop
Levels layer
Color curves
USM (10% R60 T0)
Noise Ninja
Duplicate background layer
Select petals. Erase everything else.
High pass filter - R14
Change to hard light - 40% opacity
Flatten
Select petals - inverse selection
Burn background to black
USM (150% R1.1 T3)
Noise Ninja
Select petals - inverse selection
Color curves on stem
Inverse selection
Color curves on petals
Resize & sharpen
Add border
Save for web

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 255
Avg (all users): 6.5833
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 6.5532
Avg (non-participants): 6.6400
Views since voting: 1754
Views during voting: 259
Votes: 144
Comments: 16
Favorites: 1 (view)


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07/22/2009 10:57:02 PM
CRITIQUE CLUB CRITIQUE
by karmat

Compositionally, I really like this shot. You "fill the frame" but still leave a bit of black in one corner and this seems to balance the shot very well. I also like that you chose to photograph the back of the flower. The only teeny tiny nitpick I would have is that I think the shot would have a bit more dynamics if it were tilted ever so slightly to the right so that the stem was more in the corner. However, please realize that this is probably just a personal bias of mine as I really like tilting shots. :)

Technically, you have nailed the exposure, focus, etc. The lighting really accentuates the details, and the flower really does look like a miniature sun.

Overall, very well done and congrats on your top10!

Karma
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07/20/2009 08:37:36 AM
Wow! This is mind blowingly good! The composition. The detail and texture. The vibrant colors. An excellent choice for a spot on the front page in this amazing challenge.

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07/20/2009 06:33:42 AM
Congrats on top 10, Daniel. Love your version too (great minds think alike ;-)
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07/20/2009 02:54:21 AM
Congrats on top 10, expected this to finish even higher (must be because of the border...)
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07/20/2009 02:01:12 AM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish Daniel.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/16/2009 01:32:10 AM
Excellent detail. Like the yellow petals against the black background.
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07/14/2009 09:09:19 PM
Great dof and wonderful detail!! Totally POPS!!
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07/14/2009 08:01:38 PM
Second time through and I like this better now. Bump.
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07/14/2009 06:26:44 PM
This image has a sister entry that looks just like it, only i like this one alot more.
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07/14/2009 05:58:04 PM
the colors/lighting is so crisp and perfect; i wish you had shown the top of the flower instead.
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07/14/2009 02:31:09 AM
wow, what a sharp, clear and bright image. So realistic, you can almost touch the fuzz. I like these flowers from behind (I know, sounds crazy). The black background is great, but the border could have been a bit thinner as to synchronize it with the delicacy of the fuzz.
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07/13/2009 04:13:49 PM
It's nice to be shown the other side of things from time to time. It's also a dangerous way to go, but you mastered it with a fantastic composition! 10
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07/13/2009 02:57:55 PM
Love all the detail and the back on view. Excellent lighting too.
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07/13/2009 12:55:45 PM
Nice, crisp and clear.
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07/13/2009 11:24:55 AM
excellent clarity and detail. white border "feels" a bit bold
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07/13/2009 12:26:40 AM
great detail and light
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