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Challenge: Lighting II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Dining room
Date: May 22, 2005
Aperture: 10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2 sec
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: May 22, 2005

Iíve been wanting to do this shot for a while now just never got around to doing it, but this challenge seemed right for it. Iíve seen these Lily of the Nile flowers at work with the sun shining through and thought that would be a nice shot. I will probably be hammered for the shallow depth of field here, but I was trying to be a little different.

Set up on my dining room table. Black backdrop, 100w artist lamp behind left, whiteboard to right for fill. Sprayed with a little water.


Some slight adjustments in raw

Basic contrast/saturation adjustments
Cloned out a small hair thingy under the flower
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Place: 9 out of 239
Avg (all users): 6.5854
Avg (commenters): 8.0833
Avg (participants): 6.3960
Avg (non-participants): 6.7692
Views since voting: 1644
Views during voting: 308
Votes: 205
Comments: 16
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/03/2005 06:14:29 AM
one of my higher scorers. fantastic pic.
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07/02/2005 09:52:10 PM
Where was this hiding? Great shot for the challenge, but strange that I never saw it before. Love the intense color and rich contrast. As you suspected, a little more DOF might have made the difference between 9th and another patch o' color by your name. It's hard to feel sorry for a 6.5 though- congrats!
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06/03/2005 12:09:15 PM
*Critique Club*

Well, it's a bit difficult to add suggestions to photos which place so high, due to the fact that there really isn't much that can be improved upon.
I like the lighting very much. It does make this photo, which makes it perfect for the challenge.
The colors are rich and beautiful. I really like the purple with green against the black background. It stands out very well this way.
Angle and framing/cropping are good. I like the centered comp you chose. I think it works so well because the stem is off centered. Had the stem been centered as well, I don't think it would have worked so well.
The focus is wonderful. Really crisp in the areas that are in focus. The DOF though COULD have been a bit wider, but I think being narrow dosen't hurt the photo at all.
Overall a really nice shot, sorry I can't offer any advice for improvement, but as you can see by your score, it doesn't really need any improvement. Congrats on this beautiful photo.
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05/30/2005 12:30:03 AM
Another super contender that is both exhilirating and lovely. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/29/2005 08:08:58 PM
All I can say is, I sure hope you make this a print, because I want to hang it on my wall. An amazing shot that took my breath away the moment I say it. I'm not much for flower shots, overall, but this is truly a different flower shot. LOVE IT! 10
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05/27/2005 10:56:15 AM
very nice!
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05/26/2005 10:55:23 AM
gorgeous colours, great photo
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05/26/2005 08:48:38 AM
Beautiful photo ! Great colors and wonderful lighting ! Changing my vote from 8 to 9. Good luck !
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05/24/2005 07:45:45 PM
I would call this perfect lighting!
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05/24/2005 07:52:25 AM
Good macro and color is refreshing.
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05/23/2005 06:55:45 PM
Nice lighting here!
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05/23/2005 11:54:39 AM
This is a really strong picture!!! Perfectly focused, and striking with the black background. I do see the light shining on the center too. Good job. Oh, and I do like your border on this a lot! It really adds to it.
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05/23/2005 11:02:15 AM
hmm looks like brad? good
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05/23/2005 10:37:07 AM
Beautiful colors and composition, lovely on all counts. I might have gone with a slightly deeper depth of field to get more of the buds in focus, but I think that's strictly a matter of personal taste. 10.
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05/23/2005 02:32:30 AM
Wow, this is an outstanding image! I do think this shot would be better with a bit more DOF, but everything else about it is absolutely masterful. Really great job!
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05/23/2005 01:11:21 AM
very beautiful shot 9
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