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Challenge: Botany (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Santa clara, California
Date: Aug 13, 2004
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Nature, Studio
Date Uploaded: Aug 14, 2004

gathered leaves from my aptt, and arranged on a white board to get this shot. Thanks to Mona for her advice and help with this project.
Post Processing:
crop ( getting a more squarish shape from my 3:2 ratio)
Levels
Curves
selective brightness/contrast
selective hue/saturation
dodged background on corner
sized to dpc submission and framed

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 215
Avg (all users): 6.6383
Avg (commenters): 7.9444
Avg (participants): 6.3525
Avg (non-participants): 7.1667
Views since voting: 2086
Views during voting: 331
Votes: 188
Comments: 33
Favorites: 13 (view)


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10/25/2005 12:47:29 AM
Very nice progression shot and good lighting...it's really neat to see the simulated change of colors and seasons.
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06/18/2005 01:25:59 PM
That is so cool. With the progression of color/age. Really imaginative idea!!! Love the contrast and the detail.
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06/18/2005 01:07:13 PM
This shot is awesome....imo the 3rd and 4th leafs should be switched...there's still green on the 4th one.
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12/23/2004 11:20:52 PM
This is a great idea and done very well. I'm not too sure about the placement of the leaves. Nothing really wrong with how they are, but I might like to see something a little spread out. I'm sure you tried lots of different looks.

White background for a minimal look was a good choice, imo. I would have liked the colors to pop just a little bit more against the white. Not sure how you would do that, since I"m not great at that sort of thing myself.

In any event...I do like the shot the way it is. Very creative.
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10/25/2004 02:25:46 AM
I absolutely love this. The progression through life toward death is great.

David
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08/24/2004 10:50:09 AM
Congratulations!!!! Top ten and all, eh? :)
Treat? ;)
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08/23/2004 12:29:40 PM
Congrats on your personal best Gaurawa.

Simple, effective, well-titled.

Well Done!
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08/23/2004 09:07:39 AM
This should have been in the top third ... I think its stunning and far better shows "plant life" than all winners combined.
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08/23/2004 01:50:41 AM
Thanks everyone for such wonderful coomments. I am really happy to get a place in the top10.
For those who asked about these leaves, spent half an hour roaming around the aptt to find these leaves and I was luck to get these all the fading colors.
I have a lot to learn from DPC and I am looking forward to participate in more challenges.
08/23/2004 12:24:42 AM
Sheesh. Wondered how you got these leaves in all stages of growth and decline. Good job!
Congrats on your top ten finish...well thought out...well deserved finish.!!!
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08/23/2004 12:13:50 AM
Congratulations on your 7th placing with this time line-like entry. very well thought out.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/22/2004 11:59:31 PM
great job!
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08/22/2004 09:24:17 PM
Looks familiar, I like it! :) It fels a little washed out to me though, I want darker darks. :)
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08/22/2004 05:00:54 AM
Colour, composition, concept all spot on here. Deserves to be a top scorer.
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08/22/2004 03:30:11 AM
excellent, simple and beautiful! 10
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08/21/2004 09:52:22 PM
I adore this shot. I've already voted you an 8 but had to come back and comment. Great composition, great concept and its technically great too! Kudos to you for finding the perfect leaves to illustrate your point. :D
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08/19/2004 11:39:49 PM
great idea
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08/17/2004 11:53:07 PM
Oh cool I really like this idea! Where did you find all the leaves O_O
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08/17/2004 02:58:06 PM
Very clever and nice expression on the seasons. Good job. 8
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08/16/2004 11:34:38 PM
Beauty through simplicity! This one is great! Love the progression of colors! Great job!
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08/16/2004 05:03:08 PM
My favourite in this challenge. I hope you win.
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08/16/2004 04:27:45 PM
Nice idea and a good title.
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08/16/2004 04:11:35 PM
Nice lesson...
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08/16/2004 03:58:08 PM
This is excellent. Not sure how you managed it but this is perfect for the challenge. A large number of entried 'fail' to convey Botany. This works though on all levels.
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08/16/2004 03:43:47 PM
Lovely colours and clean presentation.
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08/16/2004 02:51:13 PM
Nice capture conveying an interesting idea. Colors are terrific. Lighting is okay but possibly a little flat and you've almost lost the shadows. Maybe the single light source was too bright and multiple less intense sources would have improved.
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08/16/2004 01:45:46 PM
great idea. Good "botany" image with a real theme to show the change of leave color in autumn.
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08/16/2004 12:01:26 PM
Great intrepretation and presentation. The transition from green to dried is marvelous. The white background is perfect as is exposure. I really like the leaves that have shadows - maybe stronger side-lighting would have applified the shadows, making it even stronger. One of my top picks so far.
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08/16/2004 10:52:37 AM
Neat .. and TOTALY on the challenge .. not just a macro of a flower .. which doesn't really depict "plant life" .. but this is honestly perfect .. challenge and photo vise .. this should definatelly place if I had my way about it .. if I could give it more than 10 I would.
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08/16/2004 10:23:11 AM
is it already fall?
where did the summer go....
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08/16/2004 10:03:00 AM
Very beautiful. Love the progression and the way you set this up. Great lighting. ~9
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08/16/2004 06:29:18 AM
beautiful!
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08/16/2004 05:06:19 AM
Excellent. 10! The different colours look great! How did you find all the right leaves? I think if you made the 'circle/cycle' more obvious, rather than it looking like a line, it would be even better :)
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