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Challenge: Orange II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Parking pad across the street
Date: Mar 22, 2010
Date Uploaded: Mar 27, 2010

An orange California poppy. I SO hope this meets the challenge and breaks 5.0. I need some cheering up.

I was hoping to get a nice shallow DOF shot, somewhat akin to what Ben has been working on lately but this isn't quite that shallow. Also hoping to have just a touch of that Ursula softness, but it's not quite there. Still, I like it. Kiss of death when that happens, though....



Would that have been better? To whom do I send checks to buy a 6 these days? :)

Edit to add that for those who don't get to see California poppies - the flower starts out with a green sheath around the orange leaves. When the orange leaves begin to bloom, they shove the green sheath (which has sorta dried out a bit by now) up and off. That's what the "wrapping" is.

Place: 43 out of 175
Avg (all users): 5.9577
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 5.9481
Avg (non-participants): 5.9692
Views since voting: 962
Views during voting: 258
Votes: 142
Comments: 21
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/27/2010 09:59:27 PM
This is fabulous! To make it 'perfect', I would have gotten rid of the orange in the background to fit the challenge more.

ETA, the detail here is WONDERFUL!!

Message edited by author 2010-07-27 22:12:12.
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05/03/2010 03:40:21 AM
Looking at macros as I've been practicing a little. The bokeh on this is beautiful and the detail on your poppy is fantastic! I like both of them by the way.
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04/12/2010 10:07:02 AM
Again, almost DPC friendly, but still more artistic. DPC friendly is straight forward, don't cut off parts. This was a more artistic composition and a wonderful shot. I gave it a 7, worth an 8 on second look.
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04/12/2010 08:26:45 AM
Deb - this is stunning. I cannot believe it did not score higher.
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04/07/2010 06:54:20 PM
The other entry might have scored better, but this is, by far, the better photo. Beautiful!
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04/07/2010 11:38:30 AM
beautiful shot Deb! My guess is, if you wanted to go for a high score, you should've removed the coverslip from the bulb... anything even slightly confusing the voter brings the score down (unless it is a "Confusion" challenge, LOL).
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04/06/2010 07:58:35 AM
I really like your DOF. I've never noticed the beautiful "wrapping" texture in the bud of a California poppy. My only suggestion would be to get the whole bud in the shot -- as I recall, they come to a neat point which would add some more visual interest (IMNSHO). Maybe put the bud on the diagonal? Lovely colors and forms in the background.
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04/05/2010 11:40:30 PM
WOW Deb what super creamy BoKeh! Hits all the marks and I guess I really have been gone a while! This has got to be a 6 on the technical merits alone not to mention the beautiful subject.


Message edited by author 2010-04-05 23:41:31.
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04/05/2010 11:36:02 PM
Perfect dof - beautiful subject with that lovely, creamy background. I love the slight tilt.
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04/05/2010 09:40:00 PM
I guess all-in-all it's a pretty good score, but geeze... Subtlety seems to be wasted on these voters, eh?
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04/05/2010 10:17:56 AM
This is lovely Deb-a small miricle when that gorgeous bloom emerges ! I love the full bloom one too- your colors & bokeh are so nice !!! Yes I would like to see one with a less tight crop...
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04/05/2010 10:16:51 AM
I can hardly believe this didn't end up in the top 10! Definitely my favourite pic of the challenge!
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04/05/2010 04:39:23 AM
So what is on the poppy? Is it some sort of wrap to keep it closed? Love the bokeh on this shot. I don't know which one I like better. I think this one has more interest and the other has more beauty. I think it's a wash in my mind -- I gave this one a 7, and I'm pretty sure that's what I would score the other.
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04/05/2010 02:56:09 AM
Place 43? Can't believe!
it's very well seen, a beautiful composition and there are fanstastic naturally colors! All in all an exellent image!
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04/05/2010 01:46:03 AM
Pity it didn't make it to 6 Deb, so near yet so far. I really like this a lot, but I do prefer the outtake however. It has a rather Ursula feel to it.

Message edited by author 2010-04-05 04:09:39.
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04/05/2010 12:24:55 AM
I gave you an 8 for this...I loved it Deb
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/03/2010 08:31:08 PM
A very good one: idea + execution.
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04/03/2010 12:21:20 PM
this is quite beautiful, wonderful color and texture
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04/02/2010 07:36:30 PM
Beautiful gentle colours.
Good DOF.
Sin that the photograph has been less well framed.
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03/29/2010 05:13:06 PM
Lovely DOF, nice.
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03/29/2010 10:19:05 AM
Great background. Love the shot.
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