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Challenge: Triptych II (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Flowers, Trees & Leaves
Camera: Pentax K100D
Lens: Pentax SMC-M 100mm f/4.0 Macro
Location: Benicia State Park
Date: Apr 27, 2007
Aperture: f/8, f/9.5, f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500, 1/750,1/350
Galleries: Diptych / Triptych, Floral
Date Uploaded: Apr 28, 2007

Never done a triptych before, so enjoyed the chance to learn how its done. The golden poppy is the state flower of California and, yes, its orange, not gold, despite the name.

Bottom images were taken with my 100mm manual focus macro lens, top one with my 10-17mm fisheye @ 17mm, all handheld. Bottom left was 1/350 @ about f/8, bottom right 1/500 @ about f/11, top 1/750 @ f/9.5. All shot at ISO 200. (The macro isn't automatic EXIF doesn't record f/stops, and I don't stop to write them down)

Levels, brightness, saturation, usm and resize to approx file dimensions. Create new file, drag images in as new layers, free transform to locate, resize to final dimensions, add border and save.

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Post challenge: thanks for the comments and votes. Yep, that's a bee coming in for a landing. Went back and forth over whether to use that shot with the OOF bee or sub another one. I liked the action it gives to the image, and the more I looked the more I liked the OOF treatment.

The speck on the close up in the lower left is actually a bug crawling around on the inside of the flower. Tried to clone him out, but it didn't look right, so I went with it as is. Nature is imperfect, after all.

Statistics
Place: 43 out of 244
Avg (all users): 6.2907
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 6.3131
Avg (non-participants): 6.2734
Views since voting: 1481
Views during voting: 454
Votes: 227
Comments: 21
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05/21/2007 07:08:11 PM
Missed it during the challenge. Nicely rendered colors and balance.
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05/07/2007 10:11:33 AM
Just beautiful Dennis. Love the colors. Nice capture of the bee coming in for a landing.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/06/2007 11:58:39 PM
I love poppies :)
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05/05/2007 08:49:44 PM
Beautiful colors, good details.
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05/04/2007 09:01:26 PM
amazing capture with the bee coming in at top.. great subject, overall very interesting, my only critique would be the spot on the petal in the lower left shot.. 8
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05/04/2007 02:55:10 PM
i think i know who this is... beautiful photo
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05/03/2007 12:38:59 PM
beautiful colors!
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05/03/2007 09:36:09 AM
Great colours and lighting!
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05/02/2007 04:27:28 PM
Nice colors, but I'm a little confused about the composition--it seems a little forced
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05/02/2007 11:18:15 AM
Great set - Love the bee coming in for a landing! Maybe the last image is a tad heavy which makes it stand out from the others and not gel so much with the set.
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05/01/2007 05:23:05 PM
gorgeous colors!! well done
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04/30/2007 09:14:22 PM
Simply intriguing shapes and colors.
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04/30/2007 04:53:19 PM
What is that thing in the sky?
I'm just curious. I'm assuming its a bird or a bee.
Fantastic photographs.
Love the color and clarity.
=)
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04/30/2007 04:12:38 PM
This has a lot of potential; great color and light, and each frame stands pretty well on its own as well as together compositionally. The bird/bee/flying thing and light-colored stalks behind the poppies are very distracting to me in the top panel, as is the little speck on the upper right in the left-bottom panel.
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04/30/2007 08:27:41 AM
Beautiful 9
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04/30/2007 06:49:32 AM
the bee makes it.
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04/30/2007 04:25:37 AM
Lovely set of images, but what is that in the top left of the top photo? Bee? Free fall parachutist in for a nasty surprise? Either way its a shame it is in there as I think it will cost you quite a few points. However as I said before this should not detract from a lovely example of a triptych
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04/30/2007 02:25:09 AM
Nice sharp photos, vibrant colors! Only downside is the fuzzy something on the top photo just above the tree. Maybe a bird? I found it distracting.
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04/30/2007 01:44:13 AM
great colors only thing I dont like here is whatever it is flying off in the top shot.........7
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04/30/2007 12:38:18 AM
focus in the top picture could be a little better
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04/30/2007 12:24:50 AM
No fair. You can't go wrong with poppies.
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