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Challenge: Free Study 2007-04 (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: outside my front door
Date: Apr 30, 2007
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200s
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2007

Yikes, I spent a lot of time editing this, but probably should have just taken more pictures :)

Photo taken outside, black blanket behind the plant, and one flash into an umbrella. None of my other lighting experiments were quite good enough.

Had a lot of shots to choose from, decided to focus on one bloom. I loved the green of the plant in the background too. Really, what drew me to the shot was the colors of the plant, they are just amazing (in real life).

From RAW, Rawshooter (including saturation), PSP XI: curves, more curves, lots of burning and cloning, resize, more cloning, sharpen once (.5/150), sharpen twice (1.5/20), border, border, save. Plus a whole lot of experimenting.

I'd like to predict a 6, but it's just not as clean as I'd like and something feels off, so I predict a 5.5.

Place: 134 out of 573
Avg (all users): 6.1285
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
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Votes: 179
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05/11/2007 06:55:04 PM
Hello from the Critique club
Not conventional in that the focal point is in the centre of the shot. You could have turned the camera to give the effect of the flower bursting into the image from the top corner. I agree with you that the green in the background really enhances the rich colour of the Fuchsia. Would it have been feasible to have added extra leaves? The blanket is a good idea and when I first looked at the shot I thought it was taken at night.
I know this flower well and I think that you encapsulate the colours superbly. Did you move the rear petal to flap over the cap of the flower? If you did it is a delicate touch and works
The distractions are the leaf in the top right (In focus) and the stem to the right hand side of the centre stamen; Simple to solve cut it off at source or clone it out.
The focus on the subject is very good with lots of detail,(which may have been even better if you had utilised the 200kb permitted in this challenge instead of 120kb) the out of focus backdrop is enhancing and works well. The lighting is good and looks to be to the left of the subject which gives the shot a nice 3D effect and brings out the almost velvet textures of the petals.
You say that you have spent a lot of time enhancing the shot and experimenting and I think your effort has been worth while.
I hope you will find this critique useful and may I just say that I adored you Kitchen ware entry. I gave it a 10 and a comment
Happy shooting Regards Rosie
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2007 12:43:18 PM
Nice colors and lighting!
05/06/2007 10:16:05 AM
Amazing colors!
05/04/2007 04:32:24 PM
Good vibrant colours.
05/04/2007 08:47:46 AM
Lovely shot of a chinese lantern. Reminds me of my Mums garden. 9
05/03/2007 10:59:11 PM
Looks almost christmassy. Very beautiful. ~9
05/02/2007 09:18:42 AM
Wow...are those the real colors? What a great flower. Extremely nice photo. I really like the framing and DOF. Great lighting on this.
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05/01/2007 11:31:33 PM
Love the colors of the flower. Very nice composition and DOF is great. Nice shot.
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