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Fleur Azure
Fleur Azure

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Blue (Classic Editing)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7
Location: London Ontario
Date: Nov 30, 2002
Aperture: 1:4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Dec 1, 2002

Blue flower. Pretty stuff

Place: 84 out of 243
Avg (all users): 5.4264
Avg (commenters): 6.4615
Avg (participants): 5.3137
Avg (non-participants): 5.5905
Views since voting: 923
Votes: 258
Comments: 20
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12/13/2002 01:58:41 PM
I like it just the way it is. I love the background. I see alot of flower shots with black or white background and that is fine, but I like yours because it looks untouched and not set up. I love the colors!!
12/11/2002 10:15:59 PM
(Note: What I posted was in response to some of the criticism you got in the Rant forum, not jmsetzler's critique!)
12/11/2002 10:12:11 PM
I'm just going to weigh in, after the discussion about this photo in the Rant forum, and say that I love the background on this. I don't generally like conventional flower shots, and what you have taken is an unconventional one. The background teams with the flower to create a colourful, dynamic effect.

Unfortunately, people see a photo with a flower in it and apply their usual standards for "flower shots" without trying to see how a photo can transcend a category and be an artwork. In that case, the background is seen as just a distraction and not a beautiful element in its own right. This is the difference between your professors and the people here. I'm not saying the audience here are wrong, just that they have different expectations of photography :). It's nothing to get upset about.
12/10/2002 09:20:56 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club :)

Big, I think this is an excellent flower shot. The detail in the flower petals with the light and shadows is also very interesting. The depth of field on this shot may be just a tad shallow overall. The upper portion of the petals are a little softer than those closer to the viewer. Maybe one more stop down would have sharpened that up a little bit :) Compositionally, I believe this shot is great... I would not have composed it any differently myself. As many flower shots as I view at my local camera club every month, I may be able to suggest a few things that would improve this shot overall...

1 - use a black backdrop behind your flower to remove the contrasts in the background that could be considered distracting by some.

2 - I would have also possibly tried to diffuse the direct sunlight a little more on this shot. A piece of tracing paper often works well for this.. just a little extra diffusion here could be nice :)

There are a lot of people in my camera club who specialize in flower shots. They are quite incredible sometimes :)

Keep up the good work...

John Setzler
12/09/2002 01:24:08 AM
great. I dont know how anyone could complain....
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/08/2002 11:23:42 PM
superb DoF! very very nice... best flower shot I have seen so far this week...
12/08/2002 09:34:14 PM
Good flower photo. Could have cropped off some of the stem, and it would have been better, with less background to be out of focus,(background should be out of focus). Crop it off come and add 2 more points. PTl 7
12/08/2002 03:57:48 PM
the dof is interesting, but the angle is not. rule of thirds is clearly in play, but i still think the angle (or maybe the condition of the subject) is really hurting this picture. 7
12/07/2002 11:47:45 PM
Beautiful use of DOF, great shot
12/07/2002 07:07:34 PM
Very nice photo - love the color!
12/06/2002 12:26:01 PM
Very good focus. Colors are great, and the background is very good.
12/06/2002 09:53:46 AM
Too bad it is dead. Good depth of field. Great job blurring the busy background, but I do think there was a better speciman somewhere else.
12/05/2002 01:28:18 PM
great nature shot -there should be a separate category just for these
12/04/2002 09:01:13 PM
I don't care for the composition. Maybe the flower should have been in the lower third of the picture.
12/03/2002 08:27:00 PM
nice simple shot great color and lighting
12/03/2002 03:57:00 PM
I think this is called a Centari Monterra (or something close to that). Very difficult subject, pulled off very well. I've tried to get good photos of this type flower on several occations, but it's a lot harder than it looks! Very nice! 9 Swash
12/02/2002 09:15:00 PM
The background is great, but I think a little more DOF is needed to get the flower sharper
12/02/2002 07:37:00 PM
That looks too purple to me.
12/02/2002 04:04:00 PM
Good macro! A tad underexposed , but I suspect that's the contrast enhancement. 8
12/02/2002 12:33:00 PM

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