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Challenge: Greeting Cards (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: HP PhotoSmart 945
Location: Cunningham, Tennessee
Date: Sep 20, 2005
Aperture: 5.9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/505
Galleries: Floral
Date Uploaded: Sep 25, 2005

Shot in macro mode. I was looking for flowers for a friendship shot, but could only find these synthetic flowers in a local grave yard. Cropped and increased contrast and saturation.

Place: 184 out of 211
Avg (all users): 4.5856
Avg (commenters): 4.0667
Avg (participants): 4.3300
Avg (non-participants): 4.7951
Views since voting: 747
Views during voting: 313
Votes: 222
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)

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10/09/2005 06:18:46 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club Ray:

I like the colors, the lighting and the border, but flower photos are typically considered to pretty easy to do and thus they need to be pretty outstanding to score well here. Composition wise, Id take just a little off the left side of the photo to make it fit the rule of thirds a little better.
Also, as your comments say, it really hurts that its a fake flower. This exact same photo with a real flower would probably score at least a full point higher. I doubt youd ever see a fake flower on a greeting card.

I hope you find this helpful, good luck on future challenges.
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10/04/2005 10:07:35 AM
i think this is a good photo but i think if you used the etheral glow it might give the flower a real feel and take away from it looking like a fake flower
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/01/2005 10:49:36 PM
Oh, dear, a fake rose...
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10/01/2005 06:57:50 PM
I doubt you would see this type of border on a greeting card, I would have scored the image higher without it
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09/30/2005 08:07:32 PM
Nice, but probably should've used a real flower.
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09/30/2005 10:32:16 AM
Not sure about the reference here, particularly since you used an artificial flower. The lighting seems OK, but I'm not a big fan of the border.
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09/30/2005 07:16:07 AM
Good idea, but the fact that this is a fabric rose kind of wrecks it for me. If this were a real rose, I would have graded it higher. If this were to be used for a card, I think the only way you could get away with using a fabric rose is to texturize the entire image to appear like a woven image.
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09/30/2005 06:50:52 AM
The aritificial nature of the flower suggests an artificial friendship. A real flower would have worked better. Nice shot though.
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09/29/2005 08:58:39 PM
It's a pretty shot. But the fact that it's a fake flower in a friendship card seems to send the wrong message. I think I would prefer a genuine flower, even if it wasn't as perfect.
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09/28/2005 11:24:27 PM
This is unusual. You don't often see close-ups of artificial flowers, so you get bonus points for originality. It might be more effective to extend the depth of field about another 1/2 inch (or 1.3cm), because the center petals look out of focus.
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09/28/2005 10:48:46 AM
Nice picture. I like the fullness of it. The subtle border really adds to it.
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09/26/2005 11:22:15 PM
I would have chosen a real rose. You would never see a artificial rose on a greeting card.
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09/26/2005 09:20:36 PM
i'm just thinking that it's too apparent that this is an artificial flower.
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09/26/2005 12:25:54 PM
Artificial flowers just don't work for me.
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09/26/2005 09:26:00 AM
Wish this was a real yellow rose. With it being a fabric one maybe a little softer appearance may have helped. Good juob.
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09/26/2005 09:16:00 AM
Did you mean for the threads to show on the edges of the silk rose? It's kind of symbolic. Your friend is as frazzled as you are? That's said with a smile and not meant to slam your picture. Technically, it's very good, and I really like the blurring i the background.
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09/26/2005 01:54:06 AM
I'd love this but it's not a real rose. The roughness of the edges ruins it for me.
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