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Whirlwind Passion (Floral)
Whirlwind Passion (Floral)

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Challenge: Complementary Colors II (Basic Editing III)
Collection: A+ Prints
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Niskayuna, NY
Date: Oct 2, 2005
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1 s
Galleries: Abstract, Blur
Date Uploaded: Oct 2, 2005

Done with Camera motion - twirling while zooming. Colors and contrast adjusted during RAW conversion using curves, then adjusted using channel mixer in PS and reduced to DPC dimensions.

Place: 82 out of 318
Avg (all users): 5.5085
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.0673
Avg (non-participants): 5.8615
Views since voting: 2527
Views during voting: 341
Votes: 234
Comments: 16
Favorites: 15 (view)

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12/22/2008 01:38:52 AM
Wonderful! The swirling colors really work well here.
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09/04/2008 12:07:39 AM
I love this. I have a few pics of flowers, a little distorted (not as much as this ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/70000-74999/70896/120/690155.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/70000-74999/70896/120/690155.jpg', '/') + 1) . '). Great color and movement.
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08/27/2007 01:35:51 PM
Neil - I just noticed this and added it into faves. This is truly an incredible abstract. I'd love to see your abstracts in an exhibition someday - I think they belong there. Absolutely stunning.
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06/25/2007 09:08:24 AM
This color is just totally alive in this swirling bright colored image.....

Message edited by author 2007-06-25 09:09:00.
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10/18/2005 03:00:40 PM
::: Critique Club :::
This is going to be a tough image to critique. Abstract is very subjective therefore there are no rules, no right or wrong.

First Impression:
A powerfull, attractive canvas of colour and motion. I find it strong and pleasing to the eye.

Abstracts are difficult to compose in the traditional way yet you have used thirds well here and it definately strengthens the impact. The other 'rule' in composition is that an image flow from bottom left to top right has more appeal than other configurations. You could have a look at it after doing a Flip & Mirror which would put the centre of the swirl in the top right corner. I'd be interested in your opinion of the difference.

The subject is powerful, it may have lost some voter points for being three colours when the Challenge was for two complimentary colours. Outside of the chalenge I believe this is a strong image and whatever the subject actually is isn't relevant as this is an effect, not an object. It is colour and movement and it does this so well.

Technical (Colour and light):
It's bright, it moves and you can't miss it. Despite my comments about it not being on-challenge, what more could you really want. The light obviously works as it has bought those colours to life and given them impact. Whether by accident or design, the drop-off to dark in the top right just adds depth to the effect giving it a 3 dimensional feel. In many ways that little 'feature' is lost to the image as it sort of fizzles out as you flow through the frame. So the Flip/Mirror might really work as that area would then lead you into the image with the impact building as you go. Who knows, some of the best results come from fiddling just-one-more-time.

As with all abstracts, it has polarised voters. I believe that is a left vs right brain thing. Some people are uncomfortable with something they can't 'put their finger on'. Others celebrate such lateral approaches to everyday things. You'll never satisfy both.

We must remember that a challenge is not necessarily the sole arbiter of a fine or otherwise image. Having a popular image is terrific but that's not the only criteria by which an image should be judgeed. Photographs and artworks have specific places where they are powerful and strong. In this case, I would love to see this as a large format print in a corporate office reception area. It's that good.

Thanks for the opportuity

Message edited by author 2005-10-18 15:27:48.
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10/15/2005 05:13:26 PM
This is awesome. I am very surprised at how low this placed in the challenge, though. The whole thing, from colors, to crop/composition, exposure and effect....all work perfectly together imo.
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10/13/2005 07:25:49 PM
You are really getting good with this style. I think this one is my new favorite...originally my favorite was "tulip". Funny that it didn't do better, but such is life on this crazy site.
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10/12/2005 07:07:15 AM
I knew this was yours! I like this one even better than the first! It should have been up there even higher but that is how unpredictible DPC is.
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10/12/2005 01:08:36 AM
A great shot. This shoudl be in the top10 if not a ribbon !!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/11/2005 03:04:45 PM
Incredible! I love the colors and how they are mixed. Great picture
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10/10/2005 06:03:18 PM
hmmm, I've seen this before! And it is still as beautiful or even more so on here! Nice job and I like how you did it. 10
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10/08/2005 10:23:31 PM
How'd you do this?
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10/07/2005 05:01:21 PM
too much yellow for the red/green comp
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10/07/2005 09:06:22 AM
This is quite simply breathtaking. Wow. If you don't get punished by voters who don't care for the abstractness, this ought to ribbon. This is a technique I want to master, thanks to your work. If it's you, NS, superb job buddy.
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10/06/2005 10:25:11 AM
Very daring and different. I like it!!! 9
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10/05/2005 03:53:50 PM
Nice abstract
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