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Sapphire Bloom
1st PlaceSapphire Bloom
cajay


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Blue II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Location: My dining room
Date: Jan 29, 2006
Aperture: 18
ISO: 100
Shutter: 6 seconds
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jan 29, 2006

Wow...my first ribbon. I am stunned. All I can say is a big "thank you" to the DPC community for being such an incredible learning resource. I canít begin to tell you how many hours Iíve spent on this site reading and learning from so many wonderful people.

In case people want to see how I setup this shot, see the following:
//www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=292893

I wish I could say that I hunted high and low for the perfect winter iris, in the wild, on a rainy day. I canít...it was a rainy day and it was a perfect iris, but I found it at the local supermarket and used a spray bottle to create the water droplets. Fiddling with the temperature and saturation in the Adobe RAW converter was critical to get the blue and yellow just right.

Post-processing details:
* Various adjustments in Adobe RAW converter to bring out blue as much as possible (temp, saturation, etc.)
* Crop
* Levels
* Resize
* Unsharp mask 50, .8, 1
* Save for web

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 446
Avg (all users): 6.9764
Avg (commenters): 7.7727
Avg (participants): 7.0476
Avg (non-participants): 6.9063
Views since voting: 7136
Views during voting: 351
Votes: 254
Comments: 36
Favorites: 20 (view)


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03/25/2006 05:28:02 PM
great work, that's just the kind of photo I would love to take! (l) Mom
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02/14/2006 11:02:43 PM
WOW! That's amazing detail. I Don't know how you do it.
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02/08/2006 11:23:08 PM
Fabulous! love the drops and lighting!
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02/08/2006 03:27:53 PM
well done. you should have taken the blue, there are no two ways about it...wel according to me anyway!!! i just love the colour, i can lokk at this pic for hours, again well done and grats on the ribbon!!!
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02/08/2006 02:54:09 PM
Great work and Congrats on your first Ribbon
I love the Iris and you have produced a wonderful image
I have added it to my favorites

Message edited by author 2006-02-08 14:54:47.
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02/08/2006 07:07:10 AM
Beautiful shot. Congrats. on your first ribbon.
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02/08/2006 06:11:12 AM
Great macro study, the colors are so beautiful. Congratulations !
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02/08/2006 04:24:39 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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02/08/2006 04:13:07 AM
Simply beautiful.
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02/08/2006 12:49:28 AM
Veryu nice work. Congrats on your first ribbon!
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02/08/2006 12:45:37 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon and I'm sure many will come your way. A fantastic image. Great efforts here.
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02/08/2006 12:38:05 AM
Very nice, this is the first time I gave 10's to the three top finishers! Beautiful photo!
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02/08/2006 12:20:00 AM
Hey Jay: This is a killer image and one of my favorites in this challenge. The secret of blue is to present it in its most natural state and you have achieved this plus.

Congratulations on your RED!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2006 11:29:23 PM
A beauty that is so pleasantly in your face. I can feel the droplets and the texture. The color and background are on the money. 7
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02/07/2006 04:27:06 PM
lovely driplets
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02/07/2006 02:15:36 PM
Very nice image!

Great detail on the drops of water. Nice focus, DOF. Color saturation is just right.
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02/07/2006 09:19:42 AM
I love blue irises, and this is just great..... love the water droplets.....
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02/06/2006 10:34:50 PM
Crisp and clear with beautiful complimentary colors.
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02/06/2006 03:05:27 PM
Very nice! Good cropping and light.
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02/05/2006 09:46:21 PM
nice shot...hope this does well for you
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02/05/2006 10:44:55 AM
Wow, Lovely to look at. The blue and yellow are marvelous. Good use of space, nice composition.
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02/03/2006 09:14:08 PM
really nice snap taken, good effect created !
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02/03/2006 08:01:13 PM
Excellent photo! 10
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02/03/2006 03:21:39 PM
Wonderful macro shot. Focus just right. The contrast of the blue and yellow results in a vibrant photo - and the rain drops lend it s fresh feel.
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02/03/2006 09:11:17 AM
abit DPCish don't you think :)
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02/02/2006 09:56:20 PM
Nice Capture!
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02/02/2006 09:34:50 PM
Beautifully shot!
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02/02/2006 06:39:49 PM
Great colors, lighting, and DOF.
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02/02/2006 12:22:26 PM
This is a very good picture. the colors captured along with the water droplets really capture ones attention.
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02/02/2006 09:24:00 AM
Lovely. Very fresh and peaceful.
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02/01/2006 09:31:18 PM
Wonderful. I would love to know what lighting you used. Everything is well lit but no glare. Softbox?
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02/01/2006 07:15:35 PM
I like this because of the use of complimentary colors.
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02/01/2006 02:57:19 PM
Great color on this one.
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02/01/2006 10:55:54 AM
beautiful.
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02/01/2006 05:08:31 AM
Greeeeeat Shot!!!! I give it a nine... my highest... to leave you room for improvement. Regards.
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02/01/2006 03:36:08 AM
good lighting and sharpness, bad cropping
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