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Colored Calla
Colored Calla

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Challenge: Color (Classic Editing)
Camera: Casio QV-4000
Location: Home
Date: Apr 6, 2003
Aperture: f/2.0
ISO: unknown
Shutter: 1/13s
Galleries: Abstract, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Apr 6, 2003

A colored flower called calla.

Place: 12 out of 295
Avg (all users): 6.4233
Avg (commenters): 8.1200
Avg (participants): 6.4276
Avg (non-participants): 6.4143
Views since voting: 1689
Votes: 215
Comments: 29
Favorites: 5 (view)

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04/15/2003 11:48:08 AM
Thank you very much for your nice comments. I'm _very_ happy about the placement and the score. Actually I'm surprised that it scored that high, because I thought that the problems with grain and sharpness would ensure me a low score. I'll never understand voting here on DPC ;-)

I have an outtake of the series and personally I like it more than the one I submitted. But eventually I decided that way, because it fits better to the Color theme.

Special thanks to Gary for his great CC critique. I totally agree about the issues you found to "mecker" about ;-)

Oh, and btw.: this was the first time I used a border. After a long time of being sceptical about that, now I think it's a good thing.

Message edited by author 2003-04-15 12:00:42.
04/14/2003 04:57:28 PM
Hi Stephan,

Congrats on a great result for your photo! Keep up the great work! Will be keeping an eye on your future entires :-)

04/14/2003 08:20:46 AM
Critique Club guten Tag:

Hiya Stephan, well I get to critique your photo. First of all congratulations on an excellent calla shot, (I only found out for the first time last week from John that these flowers are called callas).

The composition of this pic is very good. I love the way the flower curves in from the right side and flows into the center of the image. The negative space on the left is justified here and it gives the flower breathing room and I think anything less would have given this photo a cramped feeling.

The choice of blue for the background was ideal. Yellow and blue always go well together, you can never go wrong using that combination. The border is not overdone at all and fits in well especially with the added effect of the border disolving into the negative space from the left hand side.

There is a jagged edge on the top petal on the left which is a little disturbing if you look at it long enough, and the background blue is a tad noisy. But these are only "Kleinigkeiten" which don't really lower the quality of this image at all, just that I had to find something to "mecker" about right :-)

Overall and excellent image, one that is a pleasure to look at, and one you should definitely start offering as a print! It has also just jumped on to my favourite photo list.

Schöne Grüsse


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/13/2003 10:44:57 PM
Simplicity at its best! Great shot and really well lit! Maybe slightly on the soft side which adds to the overall effect (if thats what you were aiming for, it is nice). I'd have liked it a tiny bit sharper, but thats just me! Well done!
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04/13/2003 03:40:18 PM
nicely done
04/12/2003 07:47:27 PM
absolutely gorgeous! If I could suggest anything at all, it would be to crop out the dark area on the left side of the photo... but I think this is great! a bit of stair stepping from ??oversharpening?? nice work all around.
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04/12/2003 11:14:29 AM
This is really very pretty. Probably could be a little sharper, but nice job.
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04/12/2003 07:25:54 AM
beautiful mixture of colour .... blue and yellow work great for me. The flower seems to be missing sharpness. Good luck. Jacko. 7
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04/11/2003 07:49:25 PM
I like the sharp contrasts between the colors here. Nice use of lighting - 8 - Mav
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04/11/2003 07:12:35 PM
Nice contrasting colors.
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04/11/2003 05:26:44 PM
I love the use of opposite colors, and how the flower is on the side where the light source seems to be coming from, rather than the center.
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04/11/2003 12:53:07 PM
Nice use of negative space. The graduated background and the black border all add a wonderful feeling to the beautiful flower. Very well done.
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04/09/2003 02:32:03 PM
Nice image and good lighting. I think that the flower would have been better off if it was centered in the middle of the photo more. The negetive space on the left makes the eye take away from the main subject and it is distracting.
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04/09/2003 01:55:48 PM
Rule of thirds, is it? Well DONE on that front, and nothing is more delicately beautiful than a calla lily. The blue background brings out the colour of the calla perfectly. -10-
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04/09/2003 10:32:06 AM
This is very simple and lovely. Nice job.
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04/09/2003 08:23:06 AM
Beautiful. The negative space fits in well here - 8.
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04/09/2003 07:26:02 AM
very nice work... the color contrast here is excellent. The calla is a beautiful flower and I'm hoping to make some photos of a white calla myself over the weekend. - setzler
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04/09/2003 02:50:27 AM
Nice lighting and framing.
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04/08/2003 10:52:53 PM
100% A+ i found a new favorite. I enjoy everything about this image. The noise underneath the shadow of the pedal is a bit unfortuinate bit this image kicks ass.
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04/08/2003 02:57:03 PM
04/08/2003 12:47:07 PM
Love the negative space- seems a bit dark on the left, though.
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04/08/2003 07:10:08 AM
i like the contrast between the bright yellow calla lily and the dark blue back ground. The yellow seems to jump out and grab my attention. Nice work.
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04/08/2003 05:35:46 AM
Really vibrant Yellow against the background of your choice. Great lighting which allows you to focus to your delight. The visual appeal is excellent and you are to be congratulated. Your use of 3rds is a good choice and shows imagination.
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04/07/2003 04:56:48 PM
A Classic! Brilliant lighting.. this is what makes the picture stand out from the rest! 9
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04/07/2003 03:26:49 PM
Best flower photo I've seen so far! 8
04/07/2003 12:27:00 PM
Stunning set up and color. Focus is a little soft for my taste, but a high score from me nonetheless!
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04/07/2003 10:04:17 AM
good color
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04/07/2003 09:23:32 AM
My very favorite colors together...very nice..
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04/07/2003 07:14:02 AM
Simple yet colourful - something a lot of people seem to have had problems with this week. 7.
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