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Fading Beauty
Fading Beauty

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Challenge: Backlighting II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Kodak Z760
Location: Kitchen Table
Date: Jan 8, 2006
Aperture: 3.4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/8sec
Galleries: Floral
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2006

Well, I'm not exactly sure how it'll do. I'm a bit scared that it will be criticized for not being backlit, even though it was. I hope it does well, as it's my favorite photograph I've entered so far.

I used a rose I got from the dentist's office after getting my wisdom teeth pulled out. The background is just black fabric and for the lighting, I used this weird lamp I got for Christmas a few years ago.

To make the rose and background softer, I used gaussian blur, then sharpened.

Place: 200 out of 324
Avg (all users): 4.9755
Avg (commenters): 5.1250
Avg (participants): 4.6355
Avg (non-participants): 5.1788
Views since voting: 882
Views during voting: 380
Votes: 286
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/17/2006 05:23:00 PM
I love shots like this. Simplistic natural beauty. Good job!
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01/13/2006 05:27:08 AM
I love flowers and this is a very pleasing image...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/12/2006 11:00:05 PM
I love this photo!

However, lighting this rose with a spot from above & behind doesn't appear to quite give the rose the same "punch" it would have if some of the petals were translucent. Try to set the spot just below the camera's line-of-sight shining directly at the bloom from behind.

This is a great photo for a couple's wedding album!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/12/2006 09:29:45 PM
Can't beat the impact of a beautiful rose, well done.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/12/2006 06:33:30 PM
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01/12/2006 12:24:24 AM
Not sharp enough for my tastes, backlight?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/11/2006 03:12:35 PM
Nice red and white colors, pretty, but not really backlit.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/11/2006 10:04:35 AM
Doesn't look to be in focus.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/11/2006 08:14:21 AM
Don't think this is backlit. Light seems to be coming from overhead and to the right-front quadrant of the image.
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