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Garden Design
Garden Design

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Challenge: Magazine Cover (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: Plano, Texas
Date: Jun 9, 2003
Aperture: f/18
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1 sec
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 6, 2003

In a sense, I hated to do a flower, but gardening and cooking and photography are my passions. The garden is in full second bloom and it's great. I shot many, many shots this weekend.
On this one, I tried to get the shot in the garden, but I could not get the right angles. So, I brought it inside to the "studio". I did some shots and was auditioning two. In the meantime, I put the subject in the window. The next morning, I asked Lynne what she thought. She said that they were good, but too bad the yellow crown didn't show up. I said, "Huh?" When I went to the window, sure enough there was a yellow crown. I reshot the subject to get the crown.
I used two 500W lights with umbrellas. I shot down on a mirrored surface that was refelecting the black background (this seems to give a more uniform background - don't know why). A little level and curve adjustment and some sharpening with unsharp mask.

Place: 15 out of 232
Avg (all users): 6.8000
Avg (commenters): 8.6364
Avg (participants): 6.7656
Avg (non-participants): 6.8411
Views since voting: 1462
Votes: 235
Comments: 24
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/09/2005 12:45:36 PM
Beautiful shot. I love the detail and the colors.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/17/2003 02:47:01 PM
Nice coneflower, the the center seems a lot redder than is natural - maybe its just late in the cycle.
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06/17/2003 02:39:33 PM
Very nice coneflower shot! Good focus and color. Framing works well. While I'm O.K. with your mag title and all, IMO, were I doing a garden design mag, I'd be looking at a larger scene, this works for many other garden/flower mags, just seems a bit awkward with that title. 9 Rob the Swash
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06/17/2003 10:16:06 AM
So vibrant and incredibly striking. Great composition and black background works very well with the black shadows of the head bit (not a horticulturalist, does it show? :) That head looks like it's on fire. 9
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06/15/2003 11:34:47 PM
beautiful shot. -10
06/15/2003 04:23:38 PM
Great capture! Amazing detail.
06/14/2003 09:37:48 PM
Great shot, good DOF and lighting - 10 jimsapp
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06/14/2003 12:40:29 PM
Nicely dramatic - good, vivid colors, and the use of the black background brings it out nicely. I like that it's off-center and cut off to the left, and I have no idea exactly why that works so well, but it does.
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06/14/2003 07:35:51 AM
A beautiful image which is pleasing to the eye. Colours and clarity are brilliant, very well composed. GL in this weeks challenge. 10:)
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06/13/2003 11:25:10 PM
Incredible shot. The color, focus, contrast and the slight splash of yellow is a nice tough. I normally don't like flower macros but this is too good to not give a 10.
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06/13/2003 06:42:40 PM
wow.. what a unique flower shot. This is excellent.. the only worthwhile flower entry I've seen so far this week.
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06/13/2003 05:59:24 PM
Great macro. Wonderful focus and clarity. The center is really full of detail and beautiful to look at. colors are wonderful, background works perfect. nothing distracting from the beauty of this image. great shot.
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06/13/2003 11:07:44 AM
Wow - just Wow -
06/13/2003 08:47:17 AM
very nice shot! = 9
06/12/2003 11:25:42 PM
really, really good.
06/12/2003 04:35:42 PM
Beautiful shot. The colors are just right and the black background is perfect.
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06/12/2003 01:43:05 PM
Gorgeous......the crop is a little cramped maybe.....a bit more of the bg at the top might add to the image impact.....sides and bottom just right.
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06/12/2003 10:00:32 AM
Very nice! Good saturation and the bg makes it pop. Texture is excellent.
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06/12/2003 12:26:54 AM
very good capture! The dark background makes the colors jump out...
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06/11/2003 02:33:16 PM
This is beautiful... very professional looking. I like the way you have it on a black background. Everything is perfectly in focus, Very well done. I could definitely see this on the front of the magazine you chose after going and looking at the website you posted. However, I think you should have thought more about putting the border as it doesn't look to me like the magazine has a border on it... it goes all the way to the edges except for maybe just at the top. Beautiful photo though! I'm noting the border, but I've decided not to take away from your score because of it. -10- I think you should think about submitting this to that magazine... :-) Good luck.
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06/11/2003 01:29:34 PM
Hrm, a flower picture (just kidding!) I really like this, it has great color and nicely sharp. The plain black background compliments it well and works as a format for a magazine. The tonal range of the petals is wonderful. The farthest right petal is a little soft, but it's only really noticable because my eye seemed to get drawn to it moreso than the others. It's something I would expect to see on the front cover of a gardening magazine. Well done
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06/11/2003 06:21:37 AM
I wish there was a little more room on the top. 9
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06/11/2003 03:14:38 AM
Extremely nice echinacea. Well shot, perfectly exposed, distraction-free background.
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06/11/2003 02:41:59 AM
what a lovely image!

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