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Challenge: Light on White III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Entryway of my house.
Date: Nov 26, 2006
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Still Life, Floral
Date Uploaded: Nov 26, 2006

Well, I piddled around taking pictures of this lily all day today until the light went. Took it from room to room to find the best light. Finally got some decent shots in the entry way. Bought the flower yesterday in Taos after I searched all over the second hand and antique shops there for a white teapot for my original idea. Had already searched all over Alamosa for one.

Editing: Crop; Adjustment layers for levels, curves, selective color, contrast & cooling photo filter; flatten image; reduce midtone contrast; mask flower and remove noise from background only; VERY slight diffuse glow; burn midtones in petals; crop again; resize; smart sharpen; sharpen tool on petals; save for web.

Place: 29 out of 233
Avg (all users): 6.2564
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 6.2447
Avg (non-participants): 6.2673
Views since voting: 1255
Views during voting: 282
Votes: 195
Comments: 10
Favorites: 2 (view)

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12/23/2006 08:38:19 PM
I'm not big into flower shots, but I REALLY like this one. As usual, great work Sammie!! :)
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12/04/2006 06:49:47 AM
lighting is great - enjoy this one.
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12/04/2006 12:44:02 AM
Hi Sammie, this is such a beautiful shot. Congratulations on top 30.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/03/2006 12:23:37 PM
Very nicely captured floral image. The background is not pure white and that may hurt it with voters (as if being a flower won't already. lol)

Because of monitor differences sometimes it is difficult to obtain pure white. It appears solid white on your monitor when it really isn't. The only way to know for sure is if your image editing software has a numeric display for the luminosity of individual points in the image (most do). In that case pure white will be displayed as 255 in all three RGB colors.
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12/01/2006 07:26:56 PM
Really good focus and colour a winner for sure
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11/30/2006 11:23:15 AM
Really...Lovely! :)
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11/28/2006 06:07:18 PM
Great symmetry!

3 / 3 Creativity - Ordinary/Common = 0.
3 / 3 Subject - Subject follow the challenge theme?
2 / 2 Technical - Focus, lighting, etc.
0 / 2 WOW - The hard to get points.
8 /10 Score - I rarely give out 9's & 10's.
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11/28/2006 11:45:08 AM
nice full frame...subject has good detail and seperation from background...well done
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11/27/2006 02:46:33 PM
I think we have a ribbon winner here. Good luck with this excellent shot.
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11/27/2006 02:51:46 AM
Srunning... I love this flower image so very much.....
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