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unfolding beauty
unfolding beauty
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Challenge: Delicate (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Auckland
Date: Oct 25, 2005
Aperture: 7
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 12 out of 279
Avg (all users): 6.4748
Avg (commenters): 8.2727
Avg (participants): 6.2386
Avg (non-participants): 6.6133
Views since voting: 1172
Views during voting: 343
Votes: 238
Comments: 17
Favorites: 3 (view)


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11/08/2005 03:53:37 PM
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
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11/08/2005 03:22:22 PM
Hello from the Critique Club!

I have studied your image and have the following to offer:

Composition/perspective - the slight angle to the flower is an excellent position for this capture. The subject to frame size ratio also works very well with this image. Since the right hand side of the flower is cut off, perhaps a slightly different crop to remove the negative space on the left would have made an even stronger impression as it would have allowed a larger overall image (closer to 640 on both sides). This would not have hurt your application of the rule of thirds either, which is also well done. Focus is clear throughout the image with a few fuzzy areas in the foregounrd. But nothing I find a distraction.

Color - well...b/w white so no color. However, the shadows and shades of gray present provide an overall rich tonal quality to the image. A lot to capture interest and keep you looking. B/W also adds to the impression of depth between the petals. In my opinion, if in color you would have lost this quality which would be a shame. It works very well with this image. Well done!

Lighting - the lighting appears as though one source from the right top direction (based on the highlights). Just enough to give the overall appeal with the shadows, not too much to give a lot of flares/glares/blown out white spots. A few of the highlights on the edges of the petals appear slightly blown out, but overall the b/w processing keeps this from being a real distraction. The balance between light and dark is well controlled overall.

Challenge requirements - the subtle folds and curves in the flower, nicely accentuated by the other qualities and processing, definitely convey a sense of delicateness. It is good that there are no other elements in the image to change that (stem, leaf, etc.)

Overall/my opinion - as stated above the negative space on the left...I think, although a strong image now, it would have been even stronger if this was cropped out and the flower held the whole frame. Very well done photograph that does not appear over-processed in the least and the composition works very well as a black and white image. Very well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2005 12:44:11 PM
beautifully shot,focus,composition and particularly like the b&w
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10/30/2005 01:57:53 PM
This is...breathtaking beyond works.
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10/30/2005 01:19:46 PM
Aahhh. Very nice. very good light angle. Careful inspection of the center of the flower absolutely conveys "delicate".
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10/30/2005 12:19:28 PM
Nice light on the fringes...
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10/28/2005 11:35:29 PM
Beautiful in every way, you've nailed this challenge. I feel like I could reach into my monitor and touch this flower. You get a 10 from me for a perfect study in b/w, DOF and color contrast are perfect. Adding to my favs as well, VERY well done!
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10/28/2005 09:23:33 PM
This is a good flower, in fact a great flower. Your overall tonal control is very good, which out balances the few blown highlights
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10/28/2005 08:05:48 PM
i love it
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10/28/2005 06:56:58 PM
Beautiful!
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10/28/2005 03:49:38 PM
Excellent lighting. I'm guessing this was a macro lens? The closeness and cropping really adds to the shot. Rule of thirds is pretty accurate here, as well.
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10/28/2005 12:49:04 PM
top class work love the black and white treatment
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10/28/2005 06:52:14 AM
I really like your lighting on the rose. Nice capture.
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10/27/2005 12:21:09 PM
Very good work on the shades and DOF, great picture
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10/26/2005 09:06:26 PM
Nice picture. Love the crisp lines here. I can't help but think it might be a stronger image if it was in color especially with the title in mind, that could be just what I am use to though. I like the full frame image, makes a bold statement.
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10/26/2005 08:24:21 PM
very nice...great detail..!
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10/26/2005 04:07:03 AM
great tones
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