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Challenge: Flowers (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: Burlington, Ontario
Date: Jun 30, 2006
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Floral
Date Uploaded: Jun 30, 2006

The composition here is inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe's truly beautiful "Flowers #3" (and only the composition, since there's no way to emulate that image). I love that photograph, and it's minimalism, clever lighting, and painterly feel. There is a softbox lighting the left side of this flower, and a strobe with a yellow gel pointing at a white paper roll behind it. Post processing is curves, plus some spot cleaning.

Place: 76 out of 375
Avg (all users): 6.0609
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.9565
Avg (non-participants): 6.3051
Views since voting: 976
Views during voting: 276
Votes: 197
Comments: 20
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/16/2007 11:30:31 PM
What a beautiful image! Love the color and processing!
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07/14/2006 06:45:44 PM
How did this get so many 4s and 5s? Even 6s?! If I voted, I would have given this a 9! It reminds me of a painting or something, it's really really different and pretty! PERFECT colors going on.
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07/13/2006 04:20:47 PM
Hey Louis - I was one of your 8s on this shot. The lighting and feel set this apart from many of the regular flower shots. Nice subtle curve on the stem, the table offers good contrast in color to the rest of the shot and the curve that is made in the bottom of the vase is quite nice. And I dont miss the greens of the leaves at all. The darkness and lack of detail in them allow for a smooth picture with the focus pulling up towards the head of the flower. Great shot, good placing and a bit of a shame that it didnt score a bit higher.
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07/11/2006 02:15:23 AM
Trading Post

This truly is art. As good as your score was (76 out of 374) it was still underated. I think this is your best work to date...I gave it an 8. The flower has as much emotional punch to it as any flower I ever remember seeing. The simplicity of the set-up is also powerful. I don't know much about Mapplethorpe (I saw one gallery exhibit of his work in Chicago some years back) other than his controversial nudity, but as I recall his technique is solid. So is the technique in your image. Well done.

Message edited by author 2006-07-11 02:17:11.
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07/10/2006 06:23:34 PM
Trading Post comment

Good to see a submission from you - it's been awhile! And congrats on a new picture in your top row.

I gave this a 7 in voting. It's a lovely, simple, captivating image and I really like the depth and texture of the flower itself. I also like the way the glass vase appears, with the water line echoing the table line below. Like the tonality and shading of the background as well. My only quibble is the solid, featureless appearance of the leaves. They don't need to be detailed, and for all I know Mapplethorpe's leaves all look this way, but the barest hint of shape and surface might be kinda nice.
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07/10/2006 04:43:24 PM
Underrated. This one has alot of soul. I love the background color and overall mood.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/09/2006 10:48:11 PM
very well done/
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07/08/2006 02:05:35 AM
Beautiful. I like the silhouetted leaves contrasted to the illuminated flower.
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07/06/2006 09:33:21 PM
Lovely simple presentation. Result is quite striking.
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07/05/2006 05:51:35 PM
Nice colors and lighting, but I'm not in love with the fact that the yellow halos the flower a bit. It makes it look too processed for my taste.
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07/05/2006 11:42:18 AM
Very artistic. Something about it keeps my interest. Nice job.
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07/04/2006 05:33:48 PM
Classic loveliness. Very nicely done.
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07/04/2006 01:26:53 PM
Very bold artistic photograph, looks great!
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07/04/2006 08:18:34 AM
Beautiful work on this, the colours and tones are lovely. I like your frame too, it looks like a fine art poster.
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07/04/2006 07:57:20 AM
Very nice rendition. 8.
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07/04/2006 05:54:59 AM
Good work. The contrast works well here.
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07/04/2006 04:55:06 AM
Excellent studio shot!
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07/03/2006 12:33:33 PM
Lovely gradient of colour and subtlety
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07/03/2006 12:05:14 PM
nicely done! GOOD LUCK!
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