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Brad


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Challenge: Botany (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Olympus E-10
Location: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Date: Aug 15, 2004
Aperture: F5.0
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Still Life, Floral
Date Uploaded: Aug 15, 2004

After wandering through the San Diego Botanical Gardens hoping to come up with a knock-out shot, I saw this as my wife & I were leaving. A few of the Lily pads had some water spots/stains, so I reached into the water and sprinkled the pads & the flower.
One shot wonder.
Minor PP done (auto-level, selective adjustments to Black, Neutral & White levels, saturation & black adjustments to Yellow) to enhance the depth & color, cloned a few spots/specks and USM applied to the lightness channel.

Guess one of the other milestones I crossed with this shot was to place in the top row (4th place) of highest rated photographs with the Olympus E-10

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 215
Avg (all users): 7.2565
Avg (commenters): 9.0625
Avg (participants): 7.0560
Avg (non-participants): 7.6364
Views since voting: 7113
Views during voting: 277
Votes: 191
Comments: 45
Favorites: 34 (view)


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12/09/2006 08:58:40 PM
this is beautiful, very nice, love the lighting.
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09/04/2004 01:16:23 AM
I love this photograph. What clarity and color. A true professional presentation. Amazing.
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08/25/2004 09:38:48 PM
Congratulations!!! I just love this shot!
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08/25/2004 08:46:43 AM
congratulations
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08/24/2004 09:26:09 PM
this is an absolutely beautiful photo
I enjoy taking photos of flowers and especially water lilies
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08/24/2004 06:12:15 AM
Beautiful! Wonderful composition. I have fond memories of taking pictures in Balboa Park.
Well deserved ribbon.
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08/23/2004 01:36:52 PM
Great shot Brad. Glad you received a ribbon for you great effort. Van
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08/23/2004 01:34:15 PM
Congrat on a nice ("one shot wonder" or not) image. Now I know why the water drops were so large!
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08/23/2004 01:06:03 PM
Congrats on your ribbon Brad. I like the clarity in this picture and its just beautiful.
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08/23/2004 09:26:46 AM
Congrats on your ribbon Brad - this is an awesome image.
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08/23/2004 08:35:56 AM
Congrats! What a clean crisp shot.
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08/23/2004 07:28:05 AM
Congrats on the red!!! Beautiful image!!!
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08/23/2004 05:27:39 AM
Beautiful and well deserved ribbon
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08/23/2004 02:48:29 AM
Beautiful image Brad, and well deserving of a ribbon!
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08/23/2004 02:42:30 AM
First time I have missed the countdown and was
worse than a kid at Christmas time.

Thaks to everyone for their votes and comments, both
during and after the challenge. I was hoping for a top 5,
and was totally jazzed when I got home and found this as a Red!

Thanks again all, and I am in process of making the print a bit better. Update: It's done!
Regards,

Message edited by author 2004-08-24 16:49:44.
08/23/2004 01:39:48 AM
Congratulations on your Ribbon for 2nd place. This was a superb picture. It got a 10 from me! Just beautiful! You did an excellent job capturing the beauty of this lily! Way to go!
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08/23/2004 01:37:08 AM
Congratulations with the second place. Superb photo.
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08/23/2004 12:54:17 AM
You rock dude! I thought this would win!!! Congrats - you're on a roll now!!
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08/23/2004 12:37:23 AM
Congrats on your second ribbon brad! Nice job...
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08/23/2004 12:31:06 AM
Incredibly sharp. Beautiful colors and image. Congrats on 2nd!
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08/23/2004 12:20:36 AM
Super photo Brad. Very worthy!
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08/23/2004 12:19:52 AM
Congrats Brad. Lovely shot...picked it to ribbon as you know.

You're on a roll!
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08/23/2004 12:07:32 AM
Superb shot, well deserved ribbon. Congratulations.
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08/23/2004 12:06:23 AM
Brad: Right on. Your talent is starting to scintillate. Congrats on your red and what an entry. I am very happy for you. Keep up the rush of good work.

Message edited by author 2004-08-23 01:28:14.
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08/23/2004 12:05:53 AM
He he he he.... I told you so!!!!!! Congrats Brad!!! Love it!!! :o)
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08/23/2004 12:04:23 AM
Beautiful! COngratulation on your win!
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08/23/2004 12:01:10 AM
Congrats on your ribbon
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/22/2004 09:21:29 AM
One of my pics for a ribbon 10
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08/21/2004 01:53:45 AM
I'm very sorry but I can't seem to find anything wrong with this. There is a lot of visual interest here. A perfect 10 from me.

T
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08/20/2004 09:07:14 AM
Great contrasting colors, lovely light, and good color and clarity. Good comp too~
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08/19/2004 11:47:43 PM
What can I say? Perfect....your done and mastered photographing plants....move and shoot something else... Wondeful shot.
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08/19/2004 05:11:38 PM
good exposure, nice detail
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08/19/2004 09:30:54 AM
voted yesterday, commenting today...THIS IS STUNNING! Composition, Colors, Focus, everything about this is wonderful! Congratulations on a beautiful job, this is in MY top 3!
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08/19/2004 07:37:20 AM
Great shot
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08/18/2004 09:53:52 PM
WOW ... this is the best waterlilly I've seen so far (and probably the best in the challenge) .. great composition
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08/18/2004 01:42:59 PM
Super sharp. Great pic 10
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08/18/2004 12:14:47 PM
Excellent composition, detail, and contrast. Nicely done.
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08/17/2004 04:30:36 PM
you've worked the light very well here - strong composition, (going in my favorites!) one of my ribbon picks this challenge
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08/17/2004 12:54:08 PM
Lovely. Superb clarity, colours and textures.
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08/16/2004 11:17:36 PM
WOW! This is beautiful! love how you captured both the details in the water lily as well as the lily pads. Great placement! And your lighting is superb! Great job!
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08/16/2004 06:38:23 PM
superb lighting
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08/16/2004 05:09:05 PM
Wow. I'm hoping for a top ten finish on my entry and it's entries like this that blow me away. Excellent excellent shot - 9.
Good focus, good dof and.....good feeling when you ribbon!
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08/16/2004 01:19:41 PM
perfect comp and light!
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08/16/2004 10:00:37 AM
What a beautiful image! The focus and color are both perfect... very well executed and well-done! One of my favorites of the challenge. :o)
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08/16/2004 06:24:39 AM
Nice bright color and detail. I also like the simple composition and tack sharp image. Nicely done.
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