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Korean Dogwood
1st PlaceKorean Dogwood

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Challenge: Flowers IV (Standard Editing)
Camera: Nikon D500
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Date: Jun 4, 2017
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 450
Shutter: 1/800
Date Uploaded: Jun 4, 2017

Wasn't planning on entering the Flowers challenge but was confronted by these today after a hike and decided they deserved to be photographed. Only you can tell me if they deserve more than that.

(after voting)

Wow, I'm thrilled at the finish. Thought it was something different and at the start of voting I thought it had a chance, but when it fell to 6.3 range on Saturday I figured I'd missed the front page. Just goes to show, you never know with this place.

Art, I cracked up at the radish slices because it's what I thought after I got the edges to pop in post.

Place: 1 out of 82
Avg (all users): 6.3704
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 6.4167
Avg (non-participants): 6.2778
Views since voting: 1020
Views during voting: 108
Votes: 54
Comments: 15
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/13/2017 12:17:43 PM
As I commented during voting I thought this was a lovely image. I gave it my highest vote.

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Jomari's comment "It's interesting that the leaves have the fine red border, just like the flowers" led me to share a botanical "tidbit" ... from a botanical perspective, the lovely, white, pink tinged, petal-like things that dominate the image are not flowers at all. Nor are they leaves. They are bracts. Only the small clusters in the center are flowers.

I'm curious whether you knew this, as you seem pretty knowledgeable about birds and plants etc., and decided to go ahead an submit it anyway. :-)

I planted some Korean dogwoods, which are much more disease resistant than the white dogwood, in the yard of my first home on the Cape. Seeing this reminds me to look into adding one in our yard here, especially since we have a fair amount of shade.

Congratulations on the ribbon.
06/13/2017 12:08:15 PM
Originally posted by Dennisheckman:

Congrats Jake! I think you would win any "100 feet from home" challenge.

Actually, Dennis, this was closer to 7 miles from home. ;)
06/13/2017 11:56:52 AM
Congrats Jake! I think you would win any "100 feet from home" challenge.
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06/13/2017 05:04:37 AM
Congratulations on the Blue Ribbon.
Nice cluster of flowers. Unique.
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06/13/2017 03:34:43 AM
Beautiful flowers, beautiful photo, Jake. Congrats on the blue. It's interesting that the leaves have the fine red border, just like the flowers.
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06/12/2017 07:15:16 AM
Thanks for the comments.

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' nam, I went back and forth about the DoF, worried more that not having the center of the flower at bottom in focus was going to be a problem. It was seriously a hit and run photo and not something where I agonized over it while taking it, but I had 3 or 4 similar shots with different things in focus and this worked the best for me. If nothing else I think I may have allowed the out of focus areas to become effected a bit too much by what I did to enhance the in-focus areas.

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' cutiephinphin, the green in the bottom left was very important for me because it ties in the flowers with the object that produces them. I did my best not to over emphasize it, but I felt the need to make sure the leaves of the tree were visible both there and behind the flowers. To each his or her own. :)
06/12/2017 01:19:49 AM
Good job Jake! Congrats on the blue!
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06/12/2017 12:26:01 AM
Congratulations Jake! It's a beauty!
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06/12/2017 12:02:05 AM
Commenting at roll-over - such a weird feeling. Lost it.

I like this and gave it an 8, but was saying I might like slightly more depth of field. I lose :) Congratulations on the Blue!
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06/12/2017 12:01:48 AM
I guess they deserved a Blue, Jake :-) I gave 'em an 8 myself.
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06/12/2017 12:01:47 AM
This is beautiful.

Congratulations on your Blue!!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/11/2017 07:00:23 PM
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06/07/2017 08:23:55 PM
weird. the leaves remind me of thinly sliced radishes. I must be hungry for a salad.
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06/05/2017 11:04:19 AM
Liked how these flowers created a pattern. It would have been better IMHO if the bottom left had another flower or if you had cropped away the greens.
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06/05/2017 02:05:50 AM
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