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Challenge: Long Exposure (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: 2005
Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3
Location: Virginia
Date: Jul 27, 2005
Aperture: F3.5
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jul 27, 2005

Post-processed with Paint Shop Pro 9

Exposure Compensation -0.7

Brightness & Contrast: Curves (Auto Lighten)
Brightness & Contrast: B/C (0,+5)
Brightness & Contrast: Clarify +1
Clone out small dirt specks on flower petals

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Sharpness: USM (.50,125,0)
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My intention here was to create a high key image with the sunflower. All the bees in the neighborhood changed my perspective a bit. I like the motion of the bee's wingbeats being captured as it flew past as the shutter was being released. Anything faster (shutter) would have stopped the wings, slower would have blurred it all the way. I think the background sky is a bit blown out but it kind of works in making this image look a bit like art? Maybe yes, maybe no - will find out soon after the votes start coming in.

Statistics
Place: 140 out of 200
Avg (all users): 5.0393
Avg (commenters): 6.3000
Avg (participants): 4.9794
Avg (non-participants): 5.0833
Views since voting: 936
Views during voting: 404
Votes: 229
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2005 01:31:18 PM
The best element of this photo: the center of the flower. The blurry bee in the middle of the image, the blown out highlights on the right side and the loss of detail on the petals hurt the image in my opinion. I don't know that this was a good subject for long exposure.
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08/06/2005 01:15:54 AM
Interesting take on this chalenge. I find the yelows are a bit to washed/distorted around the edals but its a nice touch. I really like the blurry bee. Well done and good luck in this challenge. <7>
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08/03/2005 07:27:40 PM
the yellow is so saturated but i actually like it.. although my retinas are burning
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08/03/2005 05:34:38 PM
is that a real flower? crazy
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08/03/2005 09:36:57 AM
7 - Colors and even the blown out highlight look good. I'm just not sure about the flying bee, it is almost dead center, drawing our attention, although it doesn't have enough detail to really keep the attention.
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08/02/2005 11:16:43 PM
Interesting picture. Definitely creative. I think that you should have cloned out the green in the background to a white. Great detail on the flower and bees. Second time around - upping the score to a 7.
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08/01/2005 03:27:30 PM
I really like the idea of this shot ... I'm afraid that I find the image to be overexposed and the brightness takes away from the main focus of the image.
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08/01/2005 11:27:06 AM
wow, very unique
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08/01/2005 01:11:14 AM
I love how you combined movement with the macro. Love the colors. Nice angle to the shot as well. 8
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08/01/2005 12:18:27 AM
love the colors
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