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Raindrops on Iris
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MaryO


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Challenge: Foreground Bokeh (Basic Editing)
Collection: Flowers and Bugs
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Nikon
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: Nov 12, 2007
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2500
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Nov 11, 2007

I had a picture I liked even better, but the bokeh stubbornly refused to look like it was in the foreground, even though much of it was. Just can't use the long lens for this type of shot, though it's perfect for background bokeh.

So, it rained this morning, and I have this one confused iris blooming despite it being November, and then the sun came out for about 5 minutes so I ran outside with the camera! Needed a rather short focal length so the rain drops would make pretty circles when the focus was just behind them on the flower. Took several shots but liked the lines in this one and *think* the bokeh is sufficiently obvious. And doesn't detract from the image, since it echoes the focussed raindrops. I don't generally like foreground bokeh so this was a tough one for me!

Not my most creative idea but should manage an average score.

PP - converted from RAW, cropped, levels, increased contrast, added border, resized, sharpened with noise reduction.

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Post-challenge: OMG!!! My very first ribbon. THANK YOU :-)))

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 170
Avg (all users): 6.5301
Avg (commenters): 7.9167
Avg (participants): 6.2727
Avg (non-participants): 6.6406
Views since voting: 7792
Views during voting: 293
Votes: 183
Comments: 40
Favorites: 23 (view)


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06/02/2010 07:40:25 PM
Geez Mary, too bad you didn't nail this one! ;)

I like everything about this shot. Beautiful!
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09/22/2008 10:06:16 AM
I think the light is what drew me to this shot. Beautiful! Congrats on yellow.
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11/26/2007 09:35:08 PM
Congratulations! Beautiful Picture!!! You are awesome!
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11/25/2007 06:40:24 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, lovely colors!
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11/25/2007 06:22:18 AM
gorgeous. definitely a candidate for one of these.
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11/23/2007 12:05:25 AM
Woohoo! Congrats on your first ribbon, Mary! A beautiful shot, to be sure.
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11/22/2007 12:14:45 AM
was my favorite for this challenge. grats.
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11/21/2007 04:58:53 PM
Fantastic colours! Congratulations on your ribbon, this is a wonderful image.
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11/21/2007 03:55:33 PM
Mary, congratulations on a long overdue ribbon!!! What a beautiful photo, much deserved. I love the colors.
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11/21/2007 01:42:47 PM
Mary, I am absolutely THRILLED to see you on the first page with this stunning photo!!! Congratulations on your first (but not your last) ribbon!!! Well done!
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11/21/2007 01:26:08 PM
This is very nice. There's a great moodiness to it. Congrats on the ribbon!
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11/21/2007 01:04:06 PM
Beautiful image indeed. Congrats on your first ribbon!!!
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11/21/2007 11:12:51 AM
beatuiful! congrats on the YR!!
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11/21/2007 10:29:10 AM
Mary!! I am so happy for you! This is an awesome photo to win your first ribbon with! The first of many I'm sure! CONGRATULATIONS!

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11/21/2007 08:34:02 AM
This was my favorite, Mary- congratulations on this well-deserved ribbon !
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11/21/2007 08:33:10 AM
A beautiful, unusual winter iris - gorgeous light & edit - congratulations.
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11/21/2007 06:30:39 AM
That was quite the dance this week huh? Well done and congrats on your ribbon!
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11/21/2007 06:24:34 AM
YAY! Congrats! Nice shot!
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11/21/2007 04:33:38 AM
well done/congrats
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11/21/2007 04:28:30 AM
Stunning shot, Mary. Congrats on winning a ribbon with this beauty.
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11/21/2007 03:13:36 AM
Way to go, girl!!!! 'Bout time you got a ribbon!!! WOO HOO!!! Average score, HAH!!!
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11/21/2007 01:53:43 AM
This is really pretty! Congrats on your first ribbon :)
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11/21/2007 12:56:26 AM
WTG Mary!!! (((hugs))) Gorgeous shot! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon.
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11/21/2007 12:33:36 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon!! Well deserved with this beautiful photo.
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11/21/2007 12:25:33 AM
MARY :) A HUGE congratulations on your 1st ribbon. Very well deserved! ;)
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11/21/2007 12:14:06 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. This is a gorgeous image -- really awesome.
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11/21/2007 12:10:23 AM
Congrats on the yellow ribbon!
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11/21/2007 12:06:43 AM
Congrats on Yellow.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/20/2007 11:00:41 PM
Great DOF! Superb Image! Spectacular Capture!!!! :)
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11/19/2007 07:21:03 PM
beautiful capture!
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11/18/2007 05:13:32 PM
Beautiful!! The colors are great....the water droplets are clear.
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11/17/2007 01:22:14 AM
very nice vibrant colors, but needs more bokeh
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11/16/2007 12:15:01 AM
Neat image, great colours!!!
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11/15/2007 09:15:40 PM
nice
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11/15/2007 07:14:49 AM
lovely not sure it will do that well in the challenge but i like it
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11/14/2007 09:54:40 PM
Spectacular!!!!!!! 10
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11/14/2007 07:57:08 PM
Good bokeh technique with good and clever lighting.
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11/14/2007 01:01:56 PM
Delicate and lovely. Very pure looking.
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11/14/2007 06:59:08 AM
beautiful light and a great abstract feel...focus is perfect in all the right places...8
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11/14/2007 12:24:53 AM
Nice image. Difficult, but like to have seen the bokeh a little stronger - think you did well to capture 'both types' of bokeh though - I know how difficult this is. Colors are nice. Perhaps a tighter crop at the bottom may have enhanced the fore bokeh and made it a stronger image for this challenge, not sure.
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