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Challenge: Clichés (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-2100UZ
Location: South Africa
Date: Jan 27, 2003
Aperture: F3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Nature, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2003

Rose Cropped tight

Place: 88 out of 246
Avg (all users): 5.6891
Avg (commenters): 5.8889
Avg (participants): 5.6387
Avg (non-participants): 5.7703
Views since voting: 867
Votes: 193
Comments: 10
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02/11/2003 09:12:45 AM
Critique Club Critique

(1) COMPOSITION (CONTENT) This is an incredibly powerful composition. The repetition in the curve of the petals works well to focus the attention on the center of the rose. Having the center of the rose off-center in the photograph is very effective. You have placed it in the proper position to take advantage of the rule of thirds.

(2) BACKGROUND The background is very light, just the proper background to show the rose off to its best advantage. This would not have worked as well with anything else. There is nothing to distract fron the rose itself.

(3) CAMERA WORK ,TECHNICAL The focus is crisp and sharp. By moving in close, you got wonderful texture on the petals. I can actually see the veins of the flower. This is incredible.

(4) DIGITAL PROCESSING ,TECHNICAL Your post processing is very good. I am wondering why you did this in black and white and I also wonder what it looked like in color. Obviously you did this for a reason, but since the colors of a rose are normally so beautiful, I do not see how you gained anything. Your tonal range is excellent for a black and white photograph though.

I read some of the comments you got about the edge of the petals being oversharpened. In my opinion, this works very well to separate it from the background. I personally like that element very much.

(5)MEETING THE CHALLENGE This photo a very good job of meeting the challenge. This may be one of the very best of the flower photos.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/09/2003 05:43:13 PM
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02/06/2003 11:54:11 PM
Nice job.
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02/06/2003 11:12:07 PM
Beautiful photo. The subject comes through clear and crisp. A little more of the flower may have made it even better. Nice shot! Cub
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02/05/2003 02:24:55 PM
I like the light and dark contrast of this photo. The lines in this photo gives it deminsion.
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02/04/2003 09:32:25 PM
Strong image but it looks to me as if the edges were sharpened too much. Obviously, just an opinion but my tastes would like to see less hard edges. The tonality is very nice and you've captured some very nice details.
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02/04/2003 06:45:07 PM
I love roses because of their colors but you seemed to make this work in black and white. There is very good detail within the flower.
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02/03/2003 03:56:34 PM
Very nice...
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02/03/2003 01:43:40 PM
The detail that you got from the flower is amazing. The black and white makes the detail of the image more visable. Good job.
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02/03/2003 12:32:12 AM
Ahhh - ya got me. I'm a real sucker for roses, and I love this one. Good capture of texture in the petals, good lighting, and good composition. What was this like in color?
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