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Challenge: Botany II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: Nov 26, 2011
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Nov 26, 2011

The first thing that came to mind when the challenge was announced was to recreate one of those old botanical drawings. Then I went out of town and I almost forgot about it until almost the last minute. The only thing blooming in our garden was this White Fairy Iris, which had enough botanical parts to make an interesting still life. I didn't realize there were seeds in the dried pods until I started laying it out. I took about 5 shots and called it a day.

convert from raw
crop
CEP tonal contrast
SEP2
vibrance
tiny bit of dodging
layer for shading
add border
save for web

[post-challenge]
Did NOT see that coming! Wow!!!! Thank you all so much for the votes and terrific comments.

For lighting, I arranged the plants on a sheet of velum, placed on a lightbox. I didn't have time for a strobe, so I used a reflector to bounce light from the window. Provided the perfect effect.

@ 21.gif caba - I'm not sure what bitter melon is, but the dried pods on the right used to be those cucumber-looking things on the left.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 109
Avg (all users): 6.6216
Avg (commenters): 7.7778
Avg (participants): 6.2778
Avg (non-participants): 6.9474
Views since voting: 2847
Views during voting: 232
Votes: 111
Comments: 59
Favorites: 6 (view)


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04/03/2013 02:29:41 AM
Love this photo! Really clever and soo beautiful!
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12/07/2011 06:57:05 AM
I love this one!!

Two on the front page?? I think that only happened to me once, and then one was DQd!

Way to go!!
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12/06/2011 09:06:59 AM
Beautiful work. Great throwback design elements, congrats on the finish.
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12/05/2011 09:44:31 PM
Congrats on the ribbon... looks like at textbook entry to me (and I mean that in a good way)
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12/05/2011 08:08:48 PM
Gorgeous!! Congratulations on your ribbon.
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12/05/2011 04:39:17 PM
absolutely top notch, nothing to add or take away, congrats on beautiful image and the ribbon!
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12/05/2011 11:54:34 AM
Very nice Johanna...congrats on the ribbon!
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12/05/2011 11:38:18 AM
Congratulations ,that ribbon really suits you.
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12/05/2011 11:36:27 AM
Lovely work Johanna! I like the way you so carefully disassembled the plant and laid it out, it does look just like one of those old botanical drawings. Congrats on the ribbon!! :-)
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12/05/2011 11:10:41 AM
very well done, congrats on the ribbon
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12/05/2011 10:21:02 AM
Congrats, Johanna!
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12/05/2011 10:06:00 AM
Way to go, one of my favorites. When I saw it I thought this is exactly what a botany challenge entry should look like, why didn't I think of that. Congrats on the ribbon.
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12/05/2011 09:40:59 AM
Well done J.
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12/05/2011 09:26:16 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, nice take on the challenge with this scientific entry.
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12/05/2011 08:49:32 AM
My only 10 in the challenge; glad to see it on the front page. Nicely done.
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12/05/2011 06:46:22 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! This is exactly what you'd see in a botany book!
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12/05/2011 06:08:56 AM
Congratulations. When I came across this one it really screamed botany more than the others. Wonderful presentation.
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12/05/2011 04:52:46 AM
Way to go! :-)
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12/05/2011 04:37:06 AM
Ribbon, congrats Johanna! Good to see you on the front page again, excellent image!
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12/05/2011 03:45:31 AM
A great idea, but there is something odd about the lighting on the petals that keeps this shot just short of where it ought to be. 'Grats on the ribbon, and coming up with a fresh take.
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12/05/2011 03:34:14 AM
Congrats on the Ribbon and a great looking image. Nice thinking here
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12/05/2011 02:36:29 AM
Didn't get chance to vote on this challenge so had not seen this until rollover. It's really excellent Johanna. Well done
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12/05/2011 01:58:50 AM
Really nice Johanna, congrats on your ribbon!
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12/05/2011 01:47:45 AM
Congrats on the Yellow! Great idea nicely executed. It was one of my Top 3

Thank you for the comment on my Botany entry (",
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12/05/2011 01:44:36 AM
wtg, Johanna congrats!
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12/05/2011 01:36:00 AM
The cucumber looking thing is a bitter melon, used in Asian cooking, one of my favorite dishes.
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12/05/2011 01:11:20 AM
Congrats on a fine shot.
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12/05/2011 01:08:08 AM
I agree with Skewsme , looks just like what you aimed for from the color of flower you choose :)
Congratulations!! Johanna, well deserved ribbon!

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12/05/2011 01:04:05 AM
Congratulations Johanna. I love this classic piece - as you say, a recreation of the botanical drawings. Well done.
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12/05/2011 12:46:44 AM
Congratulations Johanna. One of my favorites!
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12/05/2011 12:43:44 AM
Great image!! (had you picked for blue)....Congrats!!!
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12/05/2011 12:31:37 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon and another magnificent image.
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12/05/2011 12:29:48 AM
yes. especially the pods.
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12/05/2011 12:27:02 AM
Fabulous technical shot. Great versatility Johanna. WD.
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12/05/2011 12:18:11 AM
Real nice work, looks just like what you aimed for. Congratulations!
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12/05/2011 12:18:09 AM
Congrats, Johanna!
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12/05/2011 12:17:50 AM
Congratulations, Johanna! Well deserved ribbon, a lovely image.
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12/05/2011 12:14:04 AM
Great idea and a superb image resulted. Congrats on the red! It's probably good that you didn't have the time to think too much about shooting this.
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12/05/2011 12:11:33 AM
I really love the lighting on this. You'll have to tell me how you did this! Congrats on the yellow ribbon!!
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12/05/2011 12:11:31 AM
Knew this would do well, a big congrats Johanna.
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12/05/2011 12:08:38 AM
Congratulations!
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12/05/2011 12:07:28 AM
Told ya! WTG Johanna!
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12/05/2011 12:05:56 AM
You did it! Looks like it's drawn. Bravo!
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12/05/2011 12:04:38 AM
Congratulations Gerat one!!
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12/05/2011 12:04:14 AM
Terrific botanical composition and layout. I was hoping this would score high - and It did!
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12/05/2011 12:03:38 AM
Well done, this looks great, well done on the 3rd, yipee.
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12/05/2011 12:03:34 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon.
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12/05/2011 12:02:39 AM
Soooo lovely, Johanna! Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/04/2011 11:24:08 PM
great effect. fits the challenge well.
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12/04/2011 06:34:25 PM
Looks so botanical! Good job. I like the subtle green thin line border for this.
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12/04/2011 06:11:37 PM
Best in show as far as representing the challenge theme. Well done.
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12/04/2011 06:27:03 AM
Lovely composition.
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12/01/2011 09:53:53 PM
Looks like artwork for a botany text. Nice spacing and diversity of content.
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12/01/2011 11:24:29 AM
this meets the challenge perfect! I see a ribbon here! ( here is some help from my side: 10!) Very well done. Good luck
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11/30/2011 01:22:23 AM
Such a clever idea. Fits the challenge perfectly.
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11/29/2011 11:48:23 AM
I love bitter melon, interesting
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11/28/2011 08:55:15 PM
Well done.
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11/28/2011 03:26:53 AM
Excellent botanical study.
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11/28/2011 12:06:21 AM
well done. very well done. :D
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