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Iris Drops
3rd PlaceIris Drops
SharonS


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Water (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Home
Date: Dec 14, 2003
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2.5 sec
Galleries: Macro
Date Uploaded: Dec 14, 2003

I wanted to place a drop on the yellow area of the iris, but it kept rolling off so I decided to spray the flower with water and let the drops go wherever they wanted. The background is paper that I printed out of Photoshop. The light is from a window on the right. You can see the reflection in some of the drops. I used a Canon 50mm 1.8 lens with a 12mm extension tube. I started out with a raw file and worked with it in 16 bit mode in PS CS. After cropping, I made a slight adjustment in curves, did some minor cloning to remove distractions, and sharpended with Intellisharpen.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 139
Avg (all users): 7.4834
Avg (commenters): 8.8462
Avg (participants): 7.4253
Avg (non-participants): 7.5625
Views since voting: 6384
Votes: 151
Comments: 42
Favorites: 25 (view)


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08/03/2004 12:29:58 AM
This is a gorgeous image, as someone stated below I thought this was a winner as well until I looked a bit closer at the challenge. Now by the letter you were in the rules, but in the spirit we all know the centerpiece is not the water but the beautiful flower. This is one of the prettiest flower pictures I have seen in quite some time, and I am so pleased to see it garnered a ribbon to boot. I find it somewhat irritating that people have such a lowly view of one of the most photogenic objects for macro, flowers are simply amazing. I liken this to people who would have a lowly view on the female form because they are as plentiful as flowers as well, so I would say bahh humbug to the flower naysayers. At least one can look into the ratings and see you have some very impressive numbers with not a single comment below 4, that makes me feel a little bit better, but still I can't reason the skill and overall quality to be any less than a 6 from even the people who don't care much for flowers. ahh ohh well, I guess there are the hyper critical crowd who think beauty is a measure of comparison to something "different" I find beauty and different to be very different from one another, and if I were to rate this it would have a 9 or possibly a 10 (I have a sort of thing for flowers that aren't living at home in the garden) and well I think would be robbing people of the chance of at least a tie in comparison. There is so much that is beautiful to capture in an image in this world, and I find the 10s a little too synthetic for my liking ;) lack of perfection to me is what makes perfection if that makes any bit of sense to you :) and the fact the droplet kept falling to its natural home made this perfect to me, even if that was not your intention as you were caressing droplets onto the lovely petals. Wonderfully executed droplets on a most gorgeous specimen of a flower.

kindest regards,
joe
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12/26/2003 12:32:00 AM
I was away for a few days and came back and noticed you got a ribbon. Congratulations but personally I think you deserved the blue. Great picture.
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12/24/2003 06:53:08 PM
Sharon - congratulations on your award. This is a stunning photograph. (I'm one of your nines, should have made it a ten.)
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12/24/2003 02:26:52 PM
Congrats for your first ribbon! :-) I know, I know, I was complaining about I wanted more water, but I can say again, I truly like this photo. :-)
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12/24/2003 12:22:32 PM
Congratulations and outstanding work.

Intellisharpen must be a good tool given this result.
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12/23/2003 09:33:00 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
This is beautiful, and I'm thrilled to see that it was taken with the 300D.
Go team Canon!
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12/22/2003 10:40:11 AM
Thanks to all for the votes and the wonderful comments. It is a big thrill to win my first ribbon! To dsidwell, I had planned to go the florist to get a couple of Gerber Daisies but decided to try the grocery store first. I was lucky to find these beautiful Irises there. Thanks again!
12/22/2003 10:10:43 AM
I told you it was a ribbon for sure!!! Congratulation. I can't stop admiring your picture!!
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12/22/2003 09:26:49 AM
Congratulations on this image - it is a beauty.
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12/22/2003 08:35:09 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon Sharon!! This is a beautiful image...

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12/22/2003 08:25:14 AM
Who said flowers didn't do well? Very nice shot. Congrats!
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12/22/2003 01:28:15 AM
Amazingly beautiful, congratulations for your first ribbon
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12/22/2003 12:56:26 AM
I didnt see this when the voting was on. But I love it!

Iris 's are my favorite. beautiful work Well done! love the colour
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12/22/2003 12:11:18 AM
Congrats!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/21/2003 10:27:55 PM
Beautiful colors, I really like the subtle yellow border with this shot. Nice work. 10
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12/20/2003 04:34:21 PM
Where are you finding iris this time of year? Lovely shot. Lighting is just right. It doesn't draw attention to itself, but still manages to give shape and form to the bloom and water drops.
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12/19/2003 06:09:11 PM
Exquisite!!!!!!! 10
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12/19/2003 11:28:30 AM
Delicate and beautiful. Great background.
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12/19/2003 04:04:04 AM
Absolutely gorgeous shot, the colors are outstanding and the lighting is great, the detail of the flower and the drops themselves are wonderful 10
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12/19/2003 03:18:28 AM
Beautiful shot, nice background and a great soft feel to it.

The only things I would say is to maybe sharpen it up a little, this would have brought the detail out on the leave.

You could have used the clone tool to remove the reflections of your window in the larger droplets.

A great picture! [9]
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12/18/2003 11:07:40 PM
amazingly clean and simple.
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12/18/2003 08:27:45 PM
Wow 10
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12/18/2003 08:11:57 AM
Gorgeous shot ... colors, clarity and composition!
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12/17/2003 10:38:03 PM
Very nice photo of a FLOWER with a couple of water drops. I can't score it that good in a WATER challenge though...
TC
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12/17/2003 09:39:33 PM
Love it!
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12/17/2003 08:56:24 PM
Beautiful shot, I love the color and crispness of this photo. well-composed, good lighting. 8
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12/17/2003 01:30:22 PM
good color and drops besides = 8
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12/17/2003 05:55:47 AM
I really love the colours of this picture. Also, it´s really well focussed, but I´m not sure that it meets the challenge, but I have to recognise that it´s a beatiful picture.
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12/16/2003 08:01:03 AM
Great contrasting of colors. They work very well with each other. Focusing is excellent. Would like more emphasize on the water droplets. They almost blend into the petals. The highlights on the droplets aren't enough to help them pop out of the shot.
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12/16/2003 07:51:55 AM
Beautiful colours, should go close for me. 10
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12/15/2003 10:07:35 PM
Beautiful. Love the colors. Excellent set up. One of my favorites
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12/15/2003 07:37:16 PM
very pretty flower photo....love the matching background and the clear drops of water
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12/15/2003 05:43:29 PM
This is beautiful work. I love the color combination and the gradient background. The yellow on this iris stands out beautifully. I also enjoy the brilliant detail. Excellent shot :)
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12/15/2003 03:26:57 PM
It's a ribbon to me!! I like it alot. I love the colours... And it is so clear.... Congratulation!
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12/15/2003 12:37:04 PM
Stunning light and colors. Excellent
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12/15/2003 08:44:18 AM
A wonderful shot full of life, great drops!
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12/15/2003 07:28:33 AM
The photo is beautiful - colours, composition - but very few water here. I am in trouble when I have to vote, because as a flower photo, I love this very much! As water, well... as the main subject is the flower, I think water should be accented more.
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12/15/2003 07:08:02 AM
Wow!! Very beautiful effect. I love it! Good focus and extraordinary colors! To me it's a ribbon!
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12/15/2003 04:49:01 AM
Gorgeous - background colour works really well, focus just right!
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12/15/2003 03:00:58 AM
beautiful
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12/15/2003 12:27:53 AM
Simply beautiful! 10
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12/15/2003 12:04:37 AM
WOW!!! Simply......WOW!!!
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