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Challenge: Free Study 2010-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-550D Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Location: Mountain View, California
Date: Nov 6, 2010
Aperture: 10.0
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2010

Almost didn't get an entry in. I think I hit "submit" about 10 minutes before the deadline. Adding this note just 7 mins before... ;)

I hope you enjoy this image. Here are additional shot/editing details:

Focal length: 300mm

- Shot in RAW
- RAW transferred from camera with Canon EOS Utility
- In Canon Digital Photo Professional:
adjusted dynamic range, sharpness, cropped (4:3 ratio)
saved as JPG at 800x600
- In IrfanView:
sharpened, saved to fit 300k file size limit, stripping EXIF

[Dec. 3rd, 2010 10:42:50 PM]

I do quite like this shot, since it was one of those moments of catching some wonderful light at a moment when it was quickly fading behind a tree shadow or the like. It's the shadow of the central tendrils of the flower that made me stop and capture this image. The several follow-up shots were a little too late to catch it before the sunlight went behind a tree/cloud. Another reason I like this shot, is that it is really fairly minimally processed (initial exposure was about a stop too dark). I didn't feel the need to enhance the white balance or saturation at all.

Artistically, I do feel like I could have selected something "better" from my candidates (mostly B&W stuff shot during the Posthumous challenge), but I was pressed for time before the submission deadline and so I went with the pretty brightly colored shot, even though it was really the interesting shadow that drew my eye to the subject. I wonder if anyone will comment on that shadow. In B&W, that shadow might have been a bit more prominent. I'll have to play with the processing before voting is done. :)

This has been in voting for 3 days and has a 5.5ish score, which is probably about what it'll see at the end of voting. I was hoping for a 6, or even high-5's, but I'm not expecting it will do that well.

Place: 137 out of 264
Avg (all users): 5.6271
Avg (commenters): 9.5000
Avg (participants): 5.4805
Avg (non-participants): 5.9024
Views since voting: 576
Views during voting: 190
Votes: 118
Comments: 4
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2010 11:52:11 PM
amazing details.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/07/2010 01:07:49 PM
I admire this one for the shadows & light. And the fresh, lively color.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/04/2010 07:12:46 PM
love the light
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/02/2010 02:12:00 AM
The lighting, colours and details are all excellent. Well done!
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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