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Challenge: Botany (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Front Yard Studio, Richmond, VA
Date: Aug 15, 2004
Aperture: F/5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Aug 15, 2004

shot on a lark while looking for something "botanical." after applying levels, though, the image popped. also applied a little usm.

after challenge comment while i would have liked this to have scored higher, it probably wound up where it should have, given that i really didn't take the time to set the shot up (ok, i was crawling around on my hands and knees in a wet yard.). if i had backed up a bit, or cropped in tighter, i think the image would have been a lot stronger. as is, it is so dead-on center that it doesn't give the viewer much to hold on to.

all the same, thanks for the comments!

an couple alternate crop:
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Statistics
Place: 77 out of 215
Avg (all users): 5.6949
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 5.4386
Avg (non-participants): 6.1587
Views since voting: 1157
Views during voting: 250
Votes: 177
Comments: 14
Favorites: 3 (view)


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06/21/2005 08:34:07 PM
I just found this one. I can't believe the low scores. This is just fabulous. The rich blue is just terrific.
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01/25/2005 11:39:40 PM
I disagree with everyone who said something about changing the composition of this shot. This is eerie, beautiful, and perfect. What a gorgeous find. Thanks for being such a cool participant here, prompting me to comment on your images. It helped me to find a new favorite image.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/12/2004 04:34:41 AM
Myself I like the shot. Well done.
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12/12/2004 12:21:49 AM
This is so amazingly creative and different. It comes across to you with an energy all its own. I can't add a lot to the previous commnets except it is an image that really stands out to me on its own.
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12/11/2004 08:33:11 PM
The processing on this shot ROCKS. I was commenting on people's entries with the least comments, but I really wanted to make an exception for your shot here.

The yellow BOOMS and just flies out of the picture at me. I love the glow effect it has. Leaving a little bit green on the inside really adds to the look this has - like the yellow is adding glow to the blue to create the greens. VERY cool. Compositionally, I'm glad there is nothing to distract my eye in the background.

I have a hard time believing this didn't do better, but I think:
//www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=18680

That shot was the first one I remember with blue flower backgrounds. I think subconsciously people may have associated the two and thought it was a re-do of a challenge winning technique. (redo's NEVER do well around here.)

Thanks also for the thoughtful comment - I appreciate your time.

M
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10/25/2004 11:47:12 PM
I'm surprised this didn't score higher. The color and shallow DOF are excellent. A more off-centered crop (either way) would have helped greatly. Given the advanced editing, you could have pulled some of the blue out of the foreground leaves and cloned out the big white stamen(?) at the bottom of the bud. Maybe an alternate title- "Enlightenment" or "Inner Glow" ?
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10/22/2004 07:23:51 AM
I like this pretty well except for the almost dead center composition; I think something a little more dynamic would have suited the subject better.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/24/2004 09:54:41 AM
I'm surprised this didn't score higher...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/22/2004 09:25:42 PM
Really really nice color!
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08/21/2004 06:27:25 PM
great postwork! i think the green halo detracts from the effect. it probably would have been worth painfully selecting the whole yellow part for a more believable final product. if i could vote i'd give this at least an 8
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08/21/2004 02:11:21 AM
This is very beautiful. I might have cropped it with a little more space on the left instead of the right, however.

T
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08/18/2004 08:22:33 AM
I like this, especially the blue which you obviously selected and changed. The only problem is the slight overblown part of the bud
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08/16/2004 11:47:13 PM
I love your lighting on this one. I also like the contrast between the blues and the glowing center.
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08/16/2004 05:42:20 PM
Colors are perfect for this treatment of the flower. If it was mine, I'd probably do a tighter crop left and right, but still, the mood you have created for this is a joy. 8
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