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Challenge: Clichés (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Location: Home
Date: Jan 31, 2003
Aperture: f7.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/2.2
Galleries: Macro, Studio
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2003

Tried this shot in the past and liked the effect, so was happy to do it again for this challenge! Taken with the flower facing the light in macro mode but with aperture priority and black card used to get the background.

Place: 10 out of 246
Avg (all users): 6.7327
Avg (commenters): 7.4444
Avg (participants): 6.5854
Avg (non-participants): 6.9620
Views since voting: 2635
Votes: 202
Comments: 21
Favorites: 5 (view)

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02/11/2003 09:15:34 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!...

COMPOSITION... I don't think I'll find anything to complain about here...The flower's graceful curves gives some very strong lines for the eyes to follow, and its a joy to look at. I like the touch of softness in the image, I think it all fits together to produce a calming and soothing still life. You've provided a background that contrasts well with the subject, and filled the frame with the flower, and picked a great angle with the petals almost covering the flower's insides but not quite... The colors are nicely saturated, providing further contrast with the background.

TECHNIQUE... Though I do like the small lack of sharpness, it would be a more technically sound image if the flower in total focus. I'm wondering if the cause of this was distance to subject. If you're in macro mode and you're too far, or in normal mode and you're too close, this will happen. The other obvious cause such as depth of field (not likely with an aperture of 7.8) or camera movement may have been a possibility... I find the highlights slightly blown out. Having the light slightly diffused could solve this problem, or in a non dpc world, perhaps the offending sections could be dodged so they don't appear as bright

OVERALL.. A breathtaking image, and an adept subject for the challenge. Excellent lighting except for the two small problematic areas, but still a shot to be proud to hang up on your wall :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/08/2003 09:42:57 AM
Gorgeous. Great lighting, focus and composition. What really makes this stand out is the dark yellow tone and the lines of light on the back of the petal. Great shot, well done.
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02/08/2003 06:30:39 AM
nice arrangement
02/08/2003 05:50:46 AM
I really like the bright colour against the black background. The focusing is a little soft in places but I think that actually adds to the photo in this case. 10
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02/06/2003 01:41:06 PM
Great focus and colour!
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02/06/2003 09:46:22 AM
Nice composition. Difficult lighting.
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02/05/2003 07:00:18 PM
This is a very unique flower. It looks very nice and bright against the black background. Good job.
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02/05/2003 03:56:10 PM
Great macro! ... Fabulous colour and perfect clarity.
Rating a 9
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02/05/2003 02:22:19 AM
Nice texture, the lighting is a little too dark for my taste.
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02/04/2003 07:19:02 PM
very nice
02/04/2003 02:44:38 PM
nice clear image. the color is vibrant. good job.
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02/04/2003 02:17:44 PM
i like how the background is all black. good job.
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02/04/2003 01:06:38 PM
Magnificent! Purely stunning! Many many many other wowing words. 10 -Annida
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02/04/2003 03:34:32 AM
Hey, is this for the curves challenge. A most interesting flower. I like the lighting although it may be a little strong in places. I think it would be interesting with the bottom cut of so that people wouldnt know exactly what it was. It would make an excellent abstract.
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02/04/2003 01:40:26 AM
I love this photo great colour,focus and crop-well done -9
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02/03/2003 11:52:07 PM
impeccable lighting and contrast.
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02/03/2003 08:51:05 PM
beautiful execution on this shot... the lighting is excellent... great work :) = 10 - setzler
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02/03/2003 04:05:27 PM
02/03/2003 02:29:46 PM
I love this flower. It's a perfect subject. I think I might like to see a little more stem as it seems to be cropped a little too close on the bottom. Good lighting - almost got some hot spots, but it isn't bad. Yellow on black is a great choice. 8
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02/03/2003 10:21:54 AM
This is the best "flower" cliche I've seen yet. Great tones and highlights.
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02/03/2003 12:48:06 AM
Even though just a flower, the photo captures the grace and the curves of this particular kind of flower. It makes it look mystical and unordinary
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