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Challenge: Still Life With Motion II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2013 Challenge shots
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Date: Jun 30, 2013
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Date Uploaded: Jun 30, 2013



[Jul. 7th, 2013 09:14:15 PM]

I really do like the bent flower shots. And this shot is actually a redemption shot for me.

2011 I tried this shot:

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I really wanted the flower petal to be falling, but I couldn't get it to work. So when this challenge came -- I knew I needed a dying flower on the table and falling "tears".

I went to a local wildflower meadow about 20 minutes away and picked 5 flowers. 3 pink ones and 2 yellow ones -- making sure that one pink and one yellow were obviously on the decrepit side.

By the time I got home, the pink flowers were wonderfully wilted and hanging over. The "good" one was happily bent over, which was so nice, because in the previously mentioned photograph, I had to tie the blossom to the stem with black thread to make it bend!

Well -- I was ecstatic! Well... sort of... I didn't exactly want to shoot just at that minute... I was kinda hoping to do it hours later...

Oh well -- time to shoot, though in a kind of impatient, kinda cranky mood.

Got through, got two shots that were possibilities. Cleaned them up. This one and the outtake:

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Entered it.

Oh crap!! The tears are falling up!! I didn't have enough ambient light, so I had to use flash as well. I forgot to put the flash on second curtain, so I have an obvious petal at the top of the smear instead of the bottom.

I didn't want to reshoot, I didn't want to reshoot -- I really should...

Ummm...

The flower had been sitting in water for the whole time I'd been processing!! It wasn't hang-head anymore! It was standing straight up and looking completely different.

Tried with the yellow flower:

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Let's just stick with pink and hope that nobody notices.... :)

Thanks for all the wonderful comments!!!

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07/31/2013 09:55:30 AM
Lovely. Still Life with Emotion is even more apt.
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07/13/2013 11:44:15 AM
I Noticed the smear, loved it thought you worked really hard to get that!! (belated) Congratulations life has kept me wayyyyy too busy!! (uhmm well, today AGAIN, I HAVE to go fishin) snort giggle
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07/12/2013 06:24:15 AM
Congrats
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07/08/2013 10:51:48 PM
Oh, ha! I was right, it was first curtain flash. MAde for a much more unique photo :)
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07/08/2013 12:20:38 PM
I like how simple and fresh this image looks. Congrats!
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07/08/2013 11:14:57 AM
Well, I predicted right. For once ;-) Congrats, Wendy.
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07/08/2013 08:33:35 AM
Congrats Wendy; lovely shot.
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07/08/2013 07:09:44 AM
congrats on the blue Wendy.
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07/08/2013 04:16:40 AM
No tears to shed Wendy. Congrats on the blue
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07/08/2013 02:28:06 AM
Textbook perfect, Wendy. Well except for the falling UP part, LOL
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07/08/2013 02:11:51 AM
Congrats on the blue, Wendy. Charming image.
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07/08/2013 12:08:57 AM
I guess when your on a good thing you stick to it, still I would of liked something different from you, nicely done anyway, and congrats on the blue.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2013 05:38:42 PM
My favorite. Love the white background. A 9 from me
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07/07/2013 04:47:43 PM
I really love this. :)
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07/07/2013 03:32:36 PM
Very well done. Love the pastel looking colors.
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07/07/2013 01:21:31 PM
Beautiful. Hope for top 3 for you.
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07/07/2013 01:20:42 PM
Poor flower. voted earlier
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07/05/2013 06:31:45 PM
I love the movement in this image and the lighting, wish I could master this type of image!
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07/05/2013 12:17:25 PM
perfectly executed, my fav so far
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07/02/2013 01:41:54 AM
Beautifully done.
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07/01/2013 03:29:03 PM
Did you use a first frame flash? Looks like the petals are falling up!
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07/01/2013 11:54:21 AM
A very good image of this type.
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07/01/2013 01:42:45 AM
Beautiful composition
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