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Challenge: Free Study 2009-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2007-08-09
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX APO Macro EX DG HSM for Nikon
Location: Trail, BC (Canada)
Date: Sep 22, 2009
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500 sec
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 24, 2009

Converted from RAW, processed in CS4.

Adjusted curves. Applied Photomatix to a copy layer, and painted in to the bottom layer where needed. Cropped and straightened, worked (clone tool and burn tool) on bottom right hand side to minimize distracting element. Worked with Viveza to adjust light throughout the picture. Adjusted colours to my liking. Resized, sharpened, saved for web.

Thank you!

Place: 61 out of 400
Avg (all users): 6.2868
Avg (commenters): 8.6667
Avg (participants): 6.2500
Avg (non-participants): 6.3889
Views since voting: 1062
Views during voting: 254
Votes: 136
Comments: 10
Favorites: 6 (view)

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10/08/2009 07:12:46 PM
Classic Ursula shot! Amazing atmosphere and light, the only thing (which probably is my fault not yours), that these wonderful mini-rainbows remind me a little bit much-dreaded digital noise. Shows how our perceptions are being shaped by our experiences, I am sure a non-photographer would not have this issue, LOL.
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10/08/2009 06:13:57 AM
Welcome back, underrated, beautiful work
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10/08/2009 03:32:55 AM
This is SO beautiful, I keep gazing at it in wonder of your talent...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2009 09:49:48 PM
Beautifully done.
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10/07/2009 03:35:47 PM
I just love the luminescence of this. Great macro.
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10/06/2009 10:42:46 AM
would make nice wall-art. terrific
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10/04/2009 06:40:53 PM
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10/03/2009 11:32:58 AM
OK, I'm going through the Free Study submissions, purposefully finding those images I think are shot with a less conventional eye - this is one of those images! Thanks for offering something that isn't just DPC friendly eye-candy (though of course there's nothing wrong with eye-candy). I'll be picking one of these images for my Mu (most underrated) award:

Positives: Sometimes I find myself commenting on something in this comment series which will appeal beyond 'just' a niche audience - this is one of those images. Ursula - please stay with me in this comment for it might sound a bit mean to begin with! When I first looked at this image it left me a little cold - I could appreciate its beauty but it seemed to offer nothing new; it felt a little conventional. I re-examined that feeling - why did it seem conventional? Well, this genre is so well served by your work that I have in some way been conditioned to see it as normal / conventional - I need to re-examine. Its a bit like reading really - we see the letters and the words but we don't examine the shape of the letters our brain skips that part, we perceive the shape of the word, translate it and moved on before we know it. I'm stopping now, metaphorically looking at each letter - not taking the word for granted. What do I see. I see patterns of blur and sharpness, chaos and organisation, light and shade and hundreds of mini-rainbows - the micro and the macro held in equal high regard - it really is special.

Critical stuff: Just as I've said above, our familiarity with this sort of work, especially from you, can build viewer complacency - It's an image that requires some time to soak in a little. I hope people are generous enough with their time to do it justice.

Overall: It's just another Ursula image... in the same way that a painting may be just another Monet water lily.
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10/02/2009 09:19:46 AM
very nice shot full of whimsy. the colors and the composition create a nice flow in the shot.

my favorite of the bunch.
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10/01/2009 04:34:37 AM
Wonderful image, I hope people here appreciate this.
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