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 A Dandelion in a Different Light
A Dandelion in a Different Light
mariomel


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Lighting II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: My Kitchen, Montreal, Qc
Date: May 19, 2005
Aperture: F 8.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/25 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: May 19, 2005

Just fooling around with my Tamron 28-75 XR Di f/2.8. I am just more amazed by this lens every day. WOW! It does macro too!

Shot handheld @ 75mm. Distance to subject was about 6-7 inches from the front of the lens.

Lighting was just my kitchen lighting (neons) mounted under the counter and also in the BG. The dandylions were picked by my kids earlier in the day.

Processed from RAW file to 16-bit tiff. No exposure adjustment.

In PS7: did as much adjustemt as possible in 16 bit.

- crop
- auto level
- lomo action (outer dark edge, brightness/contrast only. I stopped the action)
- played with outer edge layer and erased sections that darkened the flower.
- masked out a little of the contrast layer to bring back the detail around the base of the flower
- flattened and dodged and burned a little to get smooth background lighted area.
- USM
- resized
- USM again
- border
- save for web

I really like this image. Although the BG lighted area is a little off-center, I don't want to reshoot this to try to get it better. I never intended for it to be an entry to DPC. I was just testing the limits of the lens. I like that spontanaety (sp?) of it.

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 239
Avg (all users): 6.6570
Avg (commenters): 7.7600
Avg (participants): 6.4444
Avg (non-participants): 6.8519
Views since voting: 2503
Views during voting: 360
Votes: 207
Comments: 33
Favorites: 2 (view)


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05/30/2005 12:27:33 AM
A very special image singing in the light. Congratulations on your top ten.
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05/30/2005 12:05:53 AM
This was one of my favorites. I'm glad to see it made the top 10. I just read the info you left on the picture and am curious... what is "lomo action"?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/29/2005 11:30:21 PM
love this...
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05/29/2005 10:41:09 PM
great use of light
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05/29/2005 09:58:38 PM
Very sharp, nicely lit and I like your point of view. Nicely cropped, too.
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05/29/2005 03:13:28 AM
beautiful shot. not much else to say...10
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05/28/2005 07:28:28 PM
Neat picture of a dandy, but for me this doesn't meet the challenge...the light doesn't seem to be a key factor here...the flower is.
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05/28/2005 06:57:31 AM
Exceptional
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05/27/2005 05:32:09 PM
in a good light.
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05/27/2005 09:32:55 AM
Beautiful!
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05/26/2005 09:31:01 PM
Never seen a dandelion look so good! Great lighting and composition!
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05/26/2005 06:47:49 PM
whole new perspective, shot from below. Like this a lot.
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05/26/2005 05:38:08 PM
a new perspective on the ever faithful dandelion....i like this alot...it has a warm glowing feeling...well done
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05/26/2005 01:35:45 PM
gorgeous, never seen a dandelion looks so lovely!
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05/26/2005 11:42:54 AM
What an interesting photo with such a boring subject .... Very nicely achived. Congratulations and good luck.
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05/25/2005 09:20:24 PM
Gorgeous shot. The lighting and simplicity of composition are great. Beautiful job.
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05/25/2005 02:18:06 PM
Makes it look like a flower (instead of the weed we all know it is!) Your use of light to punctuate the shot makes this a stand-out. One of my ribbon picks.
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05/25/2005 08:00:20 AM
Strong image with interesting lighting. Best of the flower shots and should do well in the challenge.
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05/24/2005 08:48:56 PM
This is good. The dandelion appears to glow, and I like the light in the background, too.
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05/24/2005 05:26:49 PM
beautifully done.
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05/24/2005 04:51:14 PM
One of the best in the challenge. I really like lighting both from above and in the background. The profile view works well with the lighting you choose. The choice of background and border is very fitting. -10
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05/24/2005 12:27:20 PM
Creative. Met the challenge well.
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05/24/2005 10:30:46 AM
Nice angle and backlighting.
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05/24/2005 06:53:02 AM
Well done backlighting
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05/24/2005 01:32:12 AM
Nice shot. Good lighting, crop, border, frame. The white light in the background seems oddly shaped. It was actually the first thing that I noticed, and my eyes keep getting pulled away from the yellow to the white. Maybe a gradual gradient from dark to light would work too.
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05/24/2005 12:39:57 AM
I would find this more attractive if it had more depth of field so that the entire dandelion was in focus
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05/23/2005 06:44:03 PM
Great subject (I've got them all around me!)
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05/23/2005 03:10:10 PM
Yes, light is a subject here. You composition is just great as is your lighting.
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05/23/2005 01:49:12 PM
It's fun to see something that you usually associate with dylight in this dramatic lighting. I also like the angle you chose, it makes the flower more mysterious.
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05/23/2005 11:56:35 AM
This caught really caught my eye. Wonderful use of light. You really managed to capture your subject in a creative perspective, the lighting really showcases.
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05/23/2005 01:03:52 AM
put black where white/ecru is and it's a winner 7
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05/23/2005 12:51:22 AM
Nice...getting a good chuckle here. Like the play of light front to back and the dark top.
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05/23/2005 12:03:40 AM
Very nicely done!9
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