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Calm Before the Storm
Calm Before the Storm
lil_mo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Kodak DX7590
Location: Agate, Colorado
Date: Aug 13, 2006
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Aug 28, 2006

This is one of those "at the right place, at the right time" sort of photographic opportunities. I took this picture out at my parents house in a rural part eastern Colorado. The weather out there, as in most of Colorado, is always changing. This particular day, I watched the impending storm from the southeast roll in and it got very dark, and then, for about 4 minutes, the afternoon sun peeked out from the west and lit my fatherís sunflower patch just perfectly. It looked so beautiful- the contrast of these bright yellow flowers against the dark blue stormy sky.

PP:
Rotate, crop, burn petals, burn a few areas of leaves, hue/sat, levels, clone minor bits in BG to clean up, NI, add thin border, re-size, save for web.

Statistics
Place: 204 out of 684
Avg (all users): 5.9206
Avg (commenters): 6.5714
Avg (participants): 5.8051
Avg (non-participants): 6.3158
Views since voting: 828
Views during voting: 326
Votes: 252
Comments: 24
Favorites: 2 (view)


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09/10/2006 12:23:44 AM
so so so so sooooo cool!! the colors are soooo tasteful... my eyes don't want to look away!!! goshhhh that blue is soooo nice!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 09:05:24 PM
Very nice!
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09/07/2006 07:25:54 PM
Wow. I love this shot. Nice contrast.
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09/07/2006 04:15:04 PM
The buidlings distract in the background. Otherwise this is a very nice image.
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09/07/2006 12:21:29 PM
Really love how the bright yellow of the sunflowers stands out against the dark sky. Nice use of lighting!
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09/06/2006 06:33:13 PM
Spectacular color levels and tones without getting the contrast too high.
Powerful and well done detail-wise.
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09/06/2006 03:09:16 PM
That is some wicked depth you have there! So very few pictures that one can feel like they can step right into. This is definitely one of them.
Spectacular.
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09/06/2006 11:44:34 AM
Great colors. Well done.
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09/06/2006 11:18:15 AM
wonderful shot. Nice colors, and choice of depth of field. good luck.
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09/05/2006 11:59:32 PM
wow..nice focused image! awesome...technically too! 10
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09/05/2006 05:50:33 AM
Beautiful colours. I don't think you needed the smaller flower.
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09/03/2006 01:51:38 PM
Very nice! Clean and crisp! 9
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09/03/2006 11:36:20 AM
Beautiful vibrant colours, perfect contrast, love it. 9
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09/03/2006 11:30:05 AM
Simply bold and beautiful.
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09/03/2006 11:28:14 AM
Dramatic lighting courtesy of mother nature at its best! Nicely presented.
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09/01/2006 07:46:16 PM
beautiful colour and light!!
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09/01/2006 04:22:23 PM
im on the fence about the border but the colors are great.
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09/01/2006 01:55:47 PM
Very nice image. Nice sharp sunflowers and nice contrasting sky in the background.
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09/01/2006 08:40:23 AM
good color, but crop is a bit tight at left and right
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09/01/2006 07:32:18 AM
Good contrast with the sky
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09/01/2006 07:20:56 AM
good job. I like the contrast of the flowers and the impending storm.
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09/01/2006 05:27:07 AM
nice image but unfortunately the border distracts.
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09/01/2006 04:35:30 AM
I have always loved sunflowers with a dark blue. Pillows, napkins, etc... I just always have admired it. And you have placed this wonderful combination in a photo. Also, the great color combination is enhanced by great focus and composition. The border is a nice touch - I feel like the color really works.
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09/01/2006 03:00:05 AM
you should have placed the right flower at 1/3 & 1/3.
The border doesn't add to the picture.
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