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aznym


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Fine Arts: Exhibit II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
Date: Apr 7, 2011
Galleries: Still Life, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 5, 2011

I enjoyed the fist challenge and didn't want to miss this one.

I shot this around midday. I noticed that the dead plant on the wall was highlighted by the sun. There was no shadow and it looked a bit flat.

I used an SB-800 speedlight off camera on a light stand with a temporary paper snoot that I made in a rush to create the shadow.

The plant in the photo died many months ago and I have kept it displayed on the wall since then. I like seeing it there every day. It's a boring wall otherwise.


** I thought of cloning out the bottom right part of the roots (squarish bits), but wasn't sure if that was allowed.

It's not really something I couldn't have avoided. I could have cut that part during shooting.

But I don't want to cut it either.

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[Apr. 12th, 2011 05:43:04 AM]

Paul: Did the title give it away?
Les: Hello!

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Brilliant! A ribbon after a very long time.

Thank you all for the great comments.
It feels good to be here.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 167
Avg (all users): 6.5269
Avg (commenters): 7.7273
Avg (participants): 6.7093
Avg (non-participants): 6.3333
Views since voting: 4324
Views during voting: 412
Votes: 167
Comments: 53
Favorites: 11 (view)


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04/18/2011 12:54:20 AM
this is fantastic
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04/17/2011 10:01:04 AM
There you go!
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04/16/2011 11:49:10 AM
Knew this would ribbon. Congrats, Az.

On a separate note, I just met a guy called Azmyth!!!
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04/16/2011 09:37:42 AM
Congratulations!
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04/15/2011 10:23:39 PM
Love the simplicity and tonality.
Glad you didn't get rid of the bottom bit. :)
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04/15/2011 05:26:43 PM
...my very favorite photograph of the challenge. Truly lovely Az.
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04/15/2011 12:49:45 PM
Originally posted by jjbeguin:

Nice to see you back!


Thanks JJ. Good to see you around too.
04/15/2011 12:47:13 PM
Originally posted by pointandshoot:

Congratulation Az! Great job of making it look easy.


It's easy when you know what you want, isn't it?
04/15/2011 12:30:56 PM
Originally posted by Jutilda:

DUDE!! Way to go. One of the few I gave really high marks. Congrats.


Thanks and yep, it should be displayed much larger.
04/15/2011 12:17:28 PM
Excellent ! Congratulations.
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04/15/2011 10:59:06 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!
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04/15/2011 10:51:49 AM
Nice to see you back!
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04/15/2011 10:48:15 AM
Congratulation Az! Great job of making it look easy.
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04/15/2011 10:26:39 AM
Beautiful tones. Congratulations!
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04/15/2011 10:13:09 AM
Gentle, subtle, yet very strong. Congratulations!
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04/15/2011 08:52:17 AM
DUDE!! Way to go. One of the few I gave really high marks. Congrats.
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04/15/2011 07:07:32 AM
Congrats, Aznym! So glad to see you again on the front page. Well deserved ribbon.
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04/15/2011 02:46:38 AM
congrats Az, beautiful photo, well deserving ribbon in this challenge
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04/15/2011 01:53:42 AM
Originally posted by whiteroom:

congrats cuzzie, about time you got off your skinny little arse


true true. :)
04/15/2011 01:52:38 AM
Originally posted by Cory:

Glad you didn't cut the square part of the roots, that was part of what "made" this image for me, as it almost looks like it's sitting in a pot with a square bottom. Very nice image, congrats.


Yep, I did think of that too. It actually had a lot of roots before shaped nicely like a pot.
04/15/2011 01:51:11 AM
Originally posted by ubique:

Originally posted by xion:

Paul: Did the title give it away?

Well Az, you're (a) the only person in Serendib who could (b) possibly have done this, surely?


:)
04/15/2011 01:15:57 AM
congrats cuzzie, about time you got off your skinny little arse
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04/15/2011 12:50:10 AM
Striking image. Congrats on the yellow!
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04/15/2011 12:27:13 AM
Congratulations!
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04/15/2011 12:18:23 AM
Congrats on your new ribbon!
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04/15/2011 12:14:01 AM
Originally posted by xion:

Paul: Did the title give it away?

Well Az, you're (a) the only person in Serendib who could (b) possibly have done this, surely?
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04/15/2011 12:12:16 AM
as simple as it gets... 8 from me, good job :)
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04/15/2011 12:09:56 AM
Glad you didn't cut the square part of the roots, that was part of what "made" this image for me, as it almost looks like it's sitting in a pot with a square bottom. Very nice image, congrats.
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04/15/2011 12:02:23 AM
Huge congrats mate!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/14/2011 10:57:44 PM
beautiful. az?
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04/14/2011 10:34:35 PM
one of my two 10's for this challenge. Beautiful.
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04/14/2011 10:34:06 PM
Pretty! Love the way the light is falling on the branch. This looks so metallic in a sense. The simplicity is perfect.
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04/14/2011 09:34:21 PM
Wonderful stuff, reminds me of something I seen before, can't quite recollect.
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04/14/2011 02:31:49 AM
Az. Going for the FA juried double? You've got a good shot at it; it's a lovely, understated photograph ... classical composition, and the raking light makes the shadow sing a perfect sustained note. Beautiful and durable. And in my own top three choices. 9. Thank you.
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04/12/2011 09:13:05 PM
Very fineartsish. :) (not voting)
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04/12/2011 05:21:04 PM
Love the shadow and lighting!9 Changed it to 10
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04/12/2011 04:53:00 PM
The shadow reminds me of a butterfly. This sings...
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04/10/2011 02:43:27 PM
Breathtaking. Killer lighting and shadows. The way the branches are highlighted is a dream.
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04/10/2011 10:51:33 AM
Such a unique image. It could be a plant on wall, or an aerial view of a tree in a barren landscape. Just love the lengthy shadow cast!
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04/09/2011 08:38:01 AM
Beautiful low key. The constraints of the screen limit its possibilities. This would be awesome on a large canvas or huge print. 8
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04/09/2011 01:45:32 AM
Gorgeous
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04/08/2011 11:41:12 PM
superb
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04/08/2011 08:37:09 PM
Back to comment... Very stark. Great in it's simplicity.
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04/08/2011 03:31:44 PM
So simple and well done! Love the shadows... they could be a tad bit stronger! Maybe up the contrast? 9
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04/08/2011 01:59:19 PM
This one struck a chord with me and I've stared at it for a long time now... Hope this one does well for you...8.
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04/08/2011 12:29:01 PM
Simplistic but very nice! One of my favorites.
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04/08/2011 10:22:49 AM
beautifully simple. 8
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04/08/2011 09:08:36 AM
Well done
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04/08/2011 07:27:50 AM
minimalistic and intriguing , very nice.
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04/08/2011 07:16:06 AM
Would love to see more detail and to know how that tree is just hanging there... but I guess that is half the magic of this shot. Well spotted and hope it does well!
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04/08/2011 03:17:02 AM
Very strong composition. Good tones and shadows.
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04/08/2011 02:03:56 AM
beautiful minimalism
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04/08/2011 01:23:31 AM
Wonderful exploitation of light. Great find.
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